Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday falls on February 13th this year. The actual date varies year to year depending when Easter occurs. While Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans are well known for colorful floats, beads, and vibrant traditions, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is also known as Carnival in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
With two Auburn businesses whose owners hail from NOLA and with several other local businesses following suit, you can expect the delicious flavors of Creole and Cajun cuisine, live music, and entertainment to make it a fun time for all! Here is an overview of the festive happenings:
The weekend leading up to Geaux’s official Grand Opening on Tuesday will be filled with exciting events.
Saturday, February 10th is a Kickoff party in the parking lot from Noon – 7PM with a beer and cocktail garden, games, and live music.
Sunday, February 11th is a continuation of Saturday’s Mardi Gras revelry complete with Family Day events such as a bouncy house, face painting, arts and crafts for the kids. Noon - 6PM.
Monday, February 12th is known as Lundi Gras – A special family style menu for dinner will be available.
Tuesday, February 13th is the official Mardi Gras and Grand Opening for Geaux Brewery. Traditional Mardi Gras fun from 4PM - 10PM. Cajun, Creole Zydeco band WHOZ YA MAMA will offer dance lessons and tunes to get you on the dance floor. Music and dinner specials begin after 5PM.
Proudly proclaimed as a N’awlins style restaurant in Auburn, owners Jade and Chef T serve up dishes such as shrimp n' grits, jambalaya, gumbo, and red rice n' beans, just to name a few. The Quarters is a cash only establishment.
Saturday, February 10th from 2PM - 9PM will offer a beer garden, wine, cocktails, music, and delicious menu offerings.
Tuesday, February 13th from 5PM-8PM Come on down to The Quarters BIG Mardi Gras Party featuring Food, Music, Cocktails, Beer, Dancing, Singing, and more.
Saturday, February 10th an after party is planned featuring New Orleans inspired cuisine and cocktails for your dining pleasure.
Spunky Monkey invites you to their annual Seafood Slam on Fat Tuesday for $18. This low country shrimp boil has a pound of clams, shrimp, andouille sausage, corn-on-the-cob, and red potatoes. 4PM-10PM
Visit all of the Downtown businesses to collect your beads. Post some pictures with your collection on Instagram #AuburnAdventures and #ExploreAuburn
Additional Mardi Gras In-House Events & specials at:
King of Pho
Gor Gai Thai
Emerald Downs Club
Sun Break Cafe
Rail Hop'n Brewery