KC Does Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras the KC way.

Just because you’re not journeying down to the French Quarter for the number one celebration doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time here at home.

BYOM (bring your own mask) to kick off Kansas City Power and Light District’s 3rd annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Party on Friday, Feb. 13 at The Gallery Event Space and Kill Devil Club. Tickets ($50) provide an all-inclusive food and drink package catered by The Gallery Event Space. As soon as doors open at 7 p.m., you’ll enjoy music by a live jazz band on top of performances by burlesque dancers and Quixotic School of Performing Arts, the night’s beneficiary.

The festivities don’t end there! Keep partying on Saturday, Feb. 14 with a 10 a.m. Mardi Gras 5K followed by a street festival at 11 a.m. Finish up with a Mardi Gras bar crawl starting at 8 p.m. Find additional details and purchase tickets online here.

Prairiefire is also getting in the Mardi Gras spirit, hosting a scavenger hunt on Feb. 21 that will lead you to food and drink specials as you move between Rock & Brews, Pinstripes, Newport Grill Kansas City, Paradise Diner and Cinetopia before ending the night at CocoBolos.

Hungry? Now through Feb. 17, KC Hopps restaurants Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Barley’s Brewhaus, 801 Zone and 75th Street Brewery are (Cajun) spicing up their menus. Try the delicious starters like gumbo and dirty rice followed by traditional entrees like jambalaya, blackened grilled catfish and crawfish etouffee for a satisfying experience. Don’t forget to top it off with bread pudding.

For a low-key celebration, make a reservation at Jax Fish & Oyster Bar on Feb. 17. With a special menu featuring po’boys three ways, charbroiled oysters, shrimp and grits and king cake, plus live music by Tim Whitmer 5 – 8 p.m., you’ll feel like you’re sitting right by the bayou.

La Bodega is also feting Fat Tuesday, extending its happy hour from 2 p.m. – close. Make sure to wear your dancing shoes, as there will be live samba music and dancing.