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 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