Mardi Gras in Sacramento
Find out where to get beads before Ash Wednesday
You don’t have to go all the way to New Orleans this year to get into the Mardi Gras spirit. This Saturday, Sacramento hosts a number of events in early celebration of Fat Tuesday.
Old Sacramento Mardi Gras
Head to Old Sacramento this Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., where 10 bars will be filled with rock, jazz and Cajun music, as well as Cajun food and drinks. Musical entertainment includes Skeasxha, the 8-Tracks, and Front Porch Trio. A $10 ticket ($15 the day of) pays for your cover charge at all 10 venues, and gives you access to food and drink specials. For more information, visit http://osmardigras2012.eventbrite.com or contact the Old Sacramento Business Association at (916) 442-8575. The following venues are participating.
Hot & Spicy Café New Orleans, 117 J Street, (916) 443-5051
Coconut Grove Sports Bar & Grill, 106 J Street, (916) 441-4222
Delta King Riverboat, 1000 Front Street, (916) 444-5464
Fanny Ann’s Saloon, 1023 Second Street, (916) 441-0505
Fat City Bar & Café, 1001 Front Street, (916) 446-6768
La Terraza Mexican Restaurant, 1027 Second Street, (916) 440-0874
Laughs Unlimited, 1207 Front Street, (916) 446-5905
O’Mally’s Irish Pub, 1109 Second Street, (916) 492-1230
The Other Office, 926 Second Street, (916) 444-2002
Mardi Gras Bloc Party
Another block party will happen Saturday in Sacramento’s Sutter District, near Sutter’s Fort. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., you can enjoy hurricane cocktails, circus performers and harlequins. The following businesses are participating in the celebration. Call each venue for more details.
Barw3st, 2724 J Street, (916) 443-5051
Blue Cue, 1004 28th Street, (916) 441-6810
Centro Cocina Mexicana, 2730 J Street, (916) 442-2552
Harlow’s Restaurant & Night Club, 2708 J Street, (916) 441-4693
Ink Eats Drinks, 2730 N Street, (916) 456-2800
Momo Lounge, 2708 J Street, upstairs; (916) 441-4693
Monkey Bar, 2730 Capitol Avenue, (916) 442-8490
Paragary’s Bar and Oven, 1401 28th Street, (916) 457-5737
The Red Rabbit Kitchen + Bar, 2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275
Mardi Gras Festival & Ball
The Greater Sacramento Urban League will also host a full day of Mardi Gras fun this Saturday. It begins with a free Mardi Gras Festival at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, where from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can enjoy live music, eat food samples from local restaurants, and peruse local business booths.
Then in the evening, head over to the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, for a Mardi Gras Ball. This event will feature dining, drinking and dancing to St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band, as well as a Mardi Gras King and Queen competition. Tickets for the ball cost $60 to $125. For more information, call (916) 286-8601 or visit http://gsulmge.eventbrite.com.