Mardi Gras Masquerade
February 9, 2013, 9 p.m. Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle, NW Washington DC. The celebration is sponsored by the The Alliance Française and Art Soirée Productions. Entertainment includes a live New Orleans-style performance from a blues-style brass band, a selection of French pastries and mignardises, and a full open bar featuring specialty cocktails and sparkling wines, and more. Tickets: $60. $50 AFDC & Art Soiree members.
Mardi Gras with Crawdaddies
February 9, 2013, 8 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD. Mardi Gras-themed concert by the Baltimore-based band. Crawdaddies has a groove-laden, one-of-a-kind sound influenced by Louisiana’s Cajun/Zydeco/Blues sounds in combination with North Eastern’s Roots Rock/Americana/Ska. Tickets are $23 and $25.
Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
February 12, 2013, 8 p.m. Wilson Boulevard and N. Barton Street, Arlington, VA. Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the family-friendly parade as it takes over the streets of Clarendon with floats, music, beads and fun.
Annual Bourbon Street Bash
February 12, 2013, 4 p.m. - midnight. Rumors (19th & M ST NW Dupont Metro) Featuring live music, drink specials, authentic New Orleans food specials, Beads, masks, DJ & dancing and contests with prizes.
Bayou Gras Block Party
February 12, 2013, 5-11 p.m, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, 1515 North Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA. The New Orleans-style hangout will be serving as Mardi Gras headquarters celebrating the jubilation of food, drink, music, and soul.
Southern Hospitality All You Can Eat Mardi Gras Buffet
February 12, 2013, 1815 Adams Mill Road NW Washington DC. Enjoy a New Orleans inspired all you can eat buffet from 7-9 p.m. featuring Snow Crab Legs, Jambalaya, Corn on the Cob, Hush Puppies and King Cake. DJ and drink specials on Hurricane's, Abita beer, shots and much more. Tickets $35+ $3 handling fee.
Smithsonian Mardi Gras Family Day
February 16, 2013, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC. The event features entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art, dancing, and costume contests.
Carnevale 2013: An Italian Mardi Gras
February 16, 2013. Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave. Chevy Chase, MD. The costume party is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Society and the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society and includes a catered Italian dinner, wine, cannoli, Italian folk and ballroom dancing, with a contest for the best costumes. (Masks also on sale at the door) $30. Reservations required (deadline, Feb. 8)
Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala
February 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K Street, NW Washington, DC. LivingSocial and EventsDC are partnering to create a Mardi Gras soirée featuring Big Easy-style food and fun. Guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat Cajun buffet with traditional Louisiana specialties with dishes such as Crawfish Beignets with Cajun Dippin’ Sauce, Bayou Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits, and the elaborate Kings Cake. Festive formalwear is encouraged. Performers from the Trapeze School of New York - Washington, DC, dance to live music by Out of Town Blues Band and DJ EPX. Tickets: $99-$149.
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