Mardi Gras

Chinatown Bar Crawl
Saturday, February 10
Five popular Chinatown bars are teaming up to bring a taste of Mardi Gras to the nation’s capital for a bar crawl worthy of the French Quarter. On Saturday, February 10, hundreds of revelers at the DC Mardi Party will enjoy drink specials including $3.00 Abita beers and $4.00 rum cocktails at all venues. The DC Mardi Party gets participants into a celebratory spirit with live jazz by D.C. native Brian Farrow along with complimentary beads  and masks. Each venue will have a different Abita beer for Mardi Partiers to enjoy and  venues that serve food will also have food specials. Participating bars are: 10Tavern, Rocket Bar, Jackpot, Fado Irish Pub, and Fuel Pizza.

Check-in is 1-4 p.m. at 10Tavern, from there bar crawlers can choose their order of bars during the all-day party.

Tickets start at $15, get yours for $10 with promo code MardiGras.

City Tap DC locations
Tuesday, February 13
Both DC locations of City Tap will offer Abita drafts for $7 and $10 Hurricanes on Mardi Gras, as well as menu specials including jambalaya, and chicken & andouille sausage gumbo with Carolina gold rice. Make reservations at City Tap Penn Quarter at www.pennquarter.citytap.com or by calling 202-733-5333; make reservations at City Tap Dupont at www.dupont.citytap.com or by calling 202-878-8235.

City Tavern Club
Saturday, February 10
Celebrate Mardi Gras in style at the City Tavern Club. The hurricanes will be flowing and we’ll have DJ Daniel Duffin on hand playing all the hits. The price is inclusive of three drink tickets, a delicious food spread, passed hors d’oeuvres, colorful beads, and masks. The special Mardi Gras menu includes Louisana-style chicken and sausage gumbo, Cajun shrimp and grits, crawfish boil with potato, corn, and andouille sausage, New Orleans beignets, and of course King Cake. The party runs 8-11 p.m., cocktail attire. Tickets are $60 and available here; cash/credit card bar available.

Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade 
Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
Wilson Blvd & North Barton St.
The Parade will kick off at Wilson Blvd and N. Barton Street and will continue up Wilson Boulevard, past Liberty Tavern and end on N. Irving Street. Thousands of people will gather along the route to watch the range of floats, bands, decorated vehicles and marchers. It’s great fun, and you can enter your group or business or nonprofit in the parade. Dogs and horses and floats and decorated vehicles and music and dancers and marching groups…it’s a Clarendon tradition.

Dirty Martini
Tuesday, February 13
Dirty Martini celebrates Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday Fest Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., featuring beads, masks, food, and booze. Hurricane drinks will be flowing all evening and Cajun And Creole food specials will be available until 8 p.m., including King Cake. More info and register for the event here.

Dock5 at Union Market
Tuesday, February 13
Mardi Gras Extravaganza DC is back with its second annual indoor blowout at Dock 5, Union Market, on Fat Tuesday from 6-10 p.m. Join the only native New Orleans chef in DC, David Guas, chef Spike Mendelsohn, Micheline Mendelsohn, Gina Chersevani, and New Orleans native Simone Rathle for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink night of revelry benefiting DC Central Kitchen. Get your “Gras On” with 18 of the best chefs in DC, 12 top mixologists, and two soul, rockin’ bands playing live music all night. Guest Drag Queens Tula & Bombalicious will be in attendance livening up the crowd all night. The party includes Mardi Gras Beads, Devilish Red Masks, Souvenir Cups,  Skyy Vodka Ice Luge, Costume Contest, and Hurricane Cocktail Competition with guest judges mixologist Todd Thrasher and Washington Post’s Fritz Hahn. Plus special appearance by Louisiana LtGovernor Nungesser. As a courtesy, Lyft is providing a 20% discount departing the event (code available upon entry). Tickets are $65 and available here.

Ivy City Smokehouse
Saturday, February 10
Ivy City is bringing Bourbon Street to you this Mardi Gras season with DJ Blase, live music, drink specials, a photo booth, and more. The party goes 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., tickets are $15 in advance.

The Park at 14th
Tuesday, February 13
The Park at 14th becomes the The Park at Bourbon Street on February 13, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Chef Lois Spencer will draw from her Caribbean roots for the dinner menu and then enjoy the party with beads, masks, and live music. Book early and enjoy a Hurricane or two, for bottle service call 202-262-3939.
The event is free, but guests must RSVP prior to entering the venue – Register here.

Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, February, 10
In celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, the museum will hold its annual Mardi Gras event in its own 2,500 square foot main gallery for the first time ever. That means more space for exciting art workshops, clowns, magicians, living statues, fortune tellers, face painting, balloon art, Marie Laveau (storyteller), live music, a family-style “second-line” parade down Bourbon Street’s red carpet, vendor’s marketplace, food vendors, and more. It might be cold outside, but the heat will be on all day inside the Anacostia Community Museum. The event is free and open to the public, no tickets or registration needed.
A shuttle will run to and from the Anacostia Metro Station (green line) every half hour from 10:40 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Shuttle meets across the street from the Metro Station in the Shannon Place Circle. Call 202.633.4844 for more information about the event.

The Wharf
Tuesday, February 13
The Wharf-wide extravaganza will feature a spirited parade along the waterfront at 6 p.m., followed by a dance party on District Pier, and a fireworks finale at 7:50 p.m. The parade will be set to the sounds of classic NOLA brass band music and feature custom-designed floats from our Wharf friends, restaurants, and retailers, along with high-flying balloons and, of course, bead tossing. Plus, festive food and drink will be available throughout the neighborhood at all your favorite hangouts. Check out the website for updates on The Wharf locales participating in the celebration.

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