It’s Mardi Gras season right now, and Fat Tuesday — aka the final day of the Carnival season — takes place on Tuesday, March 1. Now is when people celebrate America’s finest excuse for weekday drinking and eating tons of cake and crawfish. Grab that king cake, and hit up these restaurant and bar events fully loaded with New Orleans cocktails and food.
The Original New Orleans Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop
1190 Chicon Street, Central East Austin
The New Orleans-y restaurant is hosting the Big Easy Mardi Gras festival with crawfish, barbecue, snow cones, and other dishes, plus lots of live music. The outdoor event is family-friendly; there is a requirement of either proof of vaccination proof or a negative PCR test. Early tickets (available until February 25) are $15, with regular tickets $20, and children tickets $5.
When: Saturday, February 26, noon to 9 p.m.
2400 Webberville Road, East Austin
The East Austin bar and restaurant is hosting a gumbo cook-off and the Eastside Market pop-up ahead of Fat Tuesday, along with drinks (Hurricanes, hand grenades, Jell-O shots). The market runs from 2 to 6 p.m., and the cook-off at 3 p.m. Interested competitors should email email@example.com Judges include comedian Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg of meal initiative Red Beans & Ricely Yours, Better Half executive chef Rich Reimbolt, and Rosewood Chop House executive chef Jesse DeLeon.
When: Saturday, February 26
601 East Whitestone Boulevard, Suite 500, Building 5, Cedar Park
The brewery is releasing its Mardi Gras beer special, the Hurricane Kolsch, as part of its Mardi Gras party, alongside food from Van’s Damn Tasty Food and live music.
When: Saturday, February 26, noon to 10:30 p.m.
10542 Menchaca Road, Far South Austin
The cafe is hosting a Mardi Gras shindig with live music, food from vegan truck Lick It Up, themed drinks, and crafts.
When: Sunday, February 27, 4 to 10 p.m.
1816 East Sixth Street, East Austin
The East Austin bar’s annual Fat Tuesday celebration comes with crawfish, a brass band, king cakes, and drinks.
When: Tuesday, March 1, 2 p.m.
Little Brother and Half Step
89 and 75 1/2 Rainey Street, Downtown
Tiny bar Little Brother and bigger bar Half Step are throwing a joint Fat Tuesday celebration with a second line, free food by Austin restaurant Big Easy, drinks, and live music (including a brass band). Music runs from 5 to 11 p.m.
When: Tuesday, March 1
Ani’s Day & Night
7107 East Riverside Drive, East Riverside
The patio-friendly cafe is offering a Hurricane iteration for the day — the Mardi McFly mixed with rums, St. Germain, juices, and Abita Beer’s Purple Haze. Plus there’s a DJ.
When: Tuesday, March 1
1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown
The historic beer garden is hosting lots of live music (brass band included) and a DJ as well as offering food and drink specials, ranging from jambalaya to po’ boys to Hurricanes.
When: Tuesday, March 1, 3 to 8 p.m.
The Far Out
8504 South Congress Avenue, Far South Austin
The bar/venue/patio’s Fat Tuesday celebration includes lots of live music, Hurricane drinks, and crawfish from on-site truck Huckleberry. There’s a $10 cover.
When: Tuesday, March 1, 6 p.m.