As we fly through the year of 2022, New Years is far in the rearview mirror, Valentine's Day has just passed, but no need to worry. One of the most widely celebrated festivals of the year is right around the corner! That's right! It's time to roll out the feathered boas and don those colorful bead necklaces to celebrate Mardi Gras. Although the festival of Mardi Gras traditionally begins on the Epiphany (12th day of Christmas) Jan. 6 with its last night of celebration being Fat Tuesday, the largest events of Mardi Gras take place the week leading up to Fat Tuesday (March,1). New Orleans is quite a drive from here but never fear there are plenty of ways to indulge in the festivities right here in Atlanta! Listed below are a few favorite Mardi Gras events Atlantans can attend.
Mardi Gras on The Roof (21+)
Where: Ponce City Market Roof
When: Feb 26, 5 p.m to 12 a.m
Cost: $30 admission, $75 for crawfish boil (Yum!)
Details: Spend Mardi Gras weekend on top of Ponce City Market with Cajun-inspired food and drinks. Saturday night will have 21+ party featuring a live DJ and a classic New Orleans style brass trio.
19th Annual Oyster and Crawfish Festival (21+)
Where: Park Tavern
When: March 5 at 2 p.m. to 11 p.m
Cost: First 100 GA tickets are $15 after GA is $20
Details: Enjoy a Saturday afternoon filled with music, New Orleans inspired cocktails, and of course a plethora of oysters, crawfish, and an assortment of fried seafood and chicken. Tickets include entry, music, on site food, and beverages will cost extra.
Music Line Up:
Neighbor Lady (90 mins) @ 6:00
Okey Dokey (90 mins) @ 4:00
Everyday Dogs (60 mins) @ 2:30
Mardi Gras on the Square (all ages)
Where: Colony Square Plaza
When: March 1 at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m
Details: In celebration of Fat Tuesday, Colony Square will be transforming into Bourbon Street with New Orleans themed cocktails, live music, funky swag, and more!
Participating Retailers, Restaurants + Entertainment:
Atlanta Artists Center: Live plein-air painting from local artists
The Atlanta Crawdaddy's: Enjoy live jazzy tunes on The Plaza stage
Holeman & Finch: Stop by the Holeman & Finch table to sample mini king cakes and muffaletas
Politan Row: Visit Politan Row for hurricane cocktails
Roaming Entertainment: Experience the talents of professional stilt walkers and jugglers throughout The Square
Saints + Council: Stop by the Saints + Council table to sample light bites
Serena Pastificio: Stop by their outdoor pop-up bar for wine, cocktails + classic hurricanes
Sukoshi: Stop by the Sukoski table to sample their Crawfish Poke Bowl
These are only a few of the numerous celebrations going on throughout the Atlanta Metro area. Make sure to check with your local neighborhoods and restaurants/breweries to learn about other Mardi Gras events close by. Even if you cannot make it out to Bourbon Street in New Orleans for the most famous Mardi Gras, there are many wonderful substitutions in our very city of Atlanta. Enjoy the food, sip the drinks, chill out to wonderful music, and most importantly, be responsible.