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One thing the city won’t be short on is music. Super Bowl weekend kicks off with a gospel concert on Feb. 1 at the UNO Lakefront Arena with performances by Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans and Bishop Paul S. Morton of New Orleans. Dozens of local acts will be performing throughout the weekend on stages along the Mississippi River and in the French Quarter. On game day, Beyonce will be the halftime performer.

Other local attractions include steamboat cruises — many with live jazz — on the Mississippi, the recently expanded World War II Museum, the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas and the New Orleans Museum of Art by City Park.

Foodies can indulge in charbroiled oysters, seafood gumbo, fried softshell crab po-boys and shrimp and grits. The city has 52 more restaurants than it did in 2002 — the last time New Orleans hosted a Super Bowl. Newer restaurants include Susan Spicer’s Mondo and Donald Link’s Cochon. Chef John Besh, who owned two restaurants before Hurricane Katrina, now owns eight — including Luke, Domenica and Borgne.

But with the two major events bringing thousands of people into town, reservations are going fast at old favorites such as Commander’s Palace, Galatoire’s and Brennan’s.