It's time to celebrate Mardi Gras, the culturally diverse and party-filled pre-Lent holiday that falls on Tuesday, March 5, this year. Whether you're looking to let loose early, the day of, or a few days after, we've got you covered, from music events like the annual Beatwalk Fat Tuesday to traditions from other countries like Brazilian Carnaval and Balkan Night Northwest. See our top picks below, and find even more options on our complete Mardi Gras calendar.
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Fat Thursday Bingo! Mardi Gras Edition
Try your luck at winning cash and special prizes at this Mardi Gras-themed bingo night while you feast on shrimp po' boy sliders for six bucks.
Mac's Triangle Pub, White Center
The Great Royal Room Mardi Gras Celebration
Take in three nights of New Orleans-inspired music at this annual Mardi Gras blowout, including a special tribute to famed New Orleans pianist Henry Butler (March 1), a Carnaval celebration with Entremundos and Tudo Beleza (March 2), and a Fat Tuesday party with Meters, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, and others (March 3).
The Royal Room, Columbia City
Mardi Gras Dance Party!
Take a drop-in salsa, bachata, zouk, kizomba, or tango class, or show up for the social dance portion of the evening with DJs EXP and Lady Dee if you've already got moves. Afterward, head upstairs for a Mardi Gras balcony party with complimentary snacks, Southern bourbon cocktails, "blinky lights," and more.
Salsa con Todo, Fremont
Mardi Gras Masquerade Party Cruise
Wrap yourself in beaded necklaces to nosh on New Orleans-inspired appetizers and sip drink specials aboard this Mardi Gras party ship.
Waterways Cruises, Fremont
Mardi Gras Circus Cabaret Show and Dance Party
Drink specialty cocktails and allow cabaret and circus performers to help you kick off your Mardi Gras festivities with a fun, tantalizing variety performance.
Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Sodo
Mardi Gras Mayhem 5K
Invoke the spirit of Mardi Gras to make your run more fun (or at least more bearable) with music, beads, feather boas, and more.
Magnuson Park, North Seattle
Stop by the Fremont Sunday Market to join the Neon Brass Party for a flashy mini parade a couple days before Fat Tuesday. They'll be decked out in glittery costumes as they galavant down the street with mini floats in tow.
Fremont Arts Council
Bingo for Beds: Mardi Gras Edition
Celebrate Mardi Gras and raise money for homeless families through Mary's Place by playing bingo. You'll also enjoy a buffet dinner from Neighborhood Grills and silent and live auctions.
Lagunitas Brewing, Ballard
When Dad's Away, the Backdoor Will Play
The Backdoor staff will ring in the start of Seattle Cocktail Week and the beginning of Mardi Gras at midnight with a party featuring festive drink specials with spirits from Hood River Distilling, plus throwback music and beads.
The Backdoor at Roxy's, Fremont
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Island Soul's Mardi Gras Celebration
Enjoy special Mardi Gras food and drink specials for one night only.
Island Soul Restaurant, Columbia City
Ivar’s Mardi Gras Party
Local seafood staple Ivar's will offer a Cajun and Creole twist on their Northwest fare, plus King Cake and drink specials for Mardi Gras. The Filé Gumbo Trio will provide live music.
Ivar's Salmon House, Wallingford
Beatwalk Fat Tuesday 2019
Multiple venues in Columbia City will have live music and drink specials for Mardi Gras, in addition to a second-line parade led by the Beaconettes.
Parliament Mardi Gras Party with The Super Krewe
Get your New Orleans-style brass fix from local group the Super Krewe at this Mardi Gras party.
Parliament Tavern, West Seattle
Pioneer Square Fat Tuesday with Vicious Petals and Snaccs
Local songwriting duo Vicious Petals and R&B group Snaccs will share a bill at this Mardi Gras dance party.
Central Saloon, Pioneer Square
PolyGras with Polyrhythmics and Chris Bullock Band
Spend Mardi Gras getting down to soulful, funky Afrobeat fusion with Polyrhythmics and Chris Bullock Band (of Snarky Puppy).
Brazilian Carnaval 25th Anniversary!
Eduardo and Ana Paula Mendonça present this Seattle-based celebration of Brazilian Carnaval (an annual festival with parades, dancing, singing, and celebration that happens before Lent begins) that will take into account issues of power, racial exclusion, and social inequality. Attendees will get to experience a wide variety of region- and culture-specific Brazilian music and dance.
Balkan Night Northwest
New Orleans isn't the only place known for its Mardi Gras celebrations—Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and other Balkan regions have their own ways of fêting the pre-Lent holiday. You'll discover many of them at this music- and dance-focused event.
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Capitol Hill
Sara Naftaly’s French bakery on Capitol Hill offers a galette des rois, made with buttery puff pastry and almond frangipane filling and topped with a glittery gold paper crown for a cheeky touch.
The venerable bakeshop is serving up pillowy paçzki, a Polish donut treat, filled with chocolate, vanilla cream, raspberry, lemon, strawberry, and caramel apple, at all three locations. Their king cake, made with croissant dough and rolled with apple tatin and raisins, is festooned with gold and purple sugar and is available by the slice or whole cake (the whole ones have beads!). Both offerings are available through Tuesday, March 5.
The upscale grocer is selling fried, glazed paçzki oozing with jams and cream fillings until Tuesday, March 5, while supplies last. They’re quick to sell out each year, so don’t hesitate.