Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in the DC Area

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Feb. 13, but the celebrations have already begun

It's Fat Tuesday, and there's plenty of ways to celebrate without traveling to the Big Easy.

Here are some places where you can can "let the good times roll" New Orleans-style while staying in D.C.:

Tuesday, Feb. 13

The Park at 14th's Bourbon Street
920 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
5 p.m to 2 a.m.
Free, RSVP needed

For Mardi Gras, The Park at 14th is transforming into The Park at Bourbon Street. Enjoy dinner and then turn on the party with beads, masks and live music. RSVP at their Eventbrite page.

District Wharf
Southeast Waterfront
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Listen to the sounds of classic NOLA brass band music with a "Wharf-wide extravaganza" featuring a parade along the waterfront, a dance party on District Pier and a fireworks finale. Check their website for a full schedule.

These Wharf venues are also offering specials on Mardi Gras:

  • Pearl Street Warehouse will host a free show featuring The Grandsons after the Wharf Parade and Fireworks
  • Union Stage will host a Mardi Gras Party with Cris Jacobs Band and Magnolia Blue ($15 to $25)
  • The Watering Hole
  • Kirwan's Irish Pub
  • Taylor Gourmet

Union Market
1309 5th Street NE, Washington, D.C.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

Union Market’s Mardi Gras Extravaganza DC will benefit DC Central Kitchen. There will be special appearances by Louisiana natives, like D.C. Chef David Guas and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.

There will be free Mardi Gras beads, devilish red masks and souvenir cups. Lyft is providing a 20 percent discount for those leaving the event.

Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade
Wilson Blvd and North Barton Street, Arlington, Va.
7 p.m.

The 2018 edition of the Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade (weather-permitting) will start on Fat Tuesday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Wilson Blvd and North Barton Street, and will continue up Wilson Boulevard, past Liberty Tavern and end on North Irving Street. Register for the parade or buy Mardi Gras beads here.

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