Here are 10 Mardi Gras events to celebrate in Houston and beyond:
Mardi Gras Ball Houston with DJ Mannie Fresh at Velvet Room on Feb. 25, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
New Orleans legend DJ Mannie Fresh takes over the Velvet Room for a night of fun. Step out in semi-formal attire and enjoy a Creole-inspired happy hour menu from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Live performances by the Hustlers Brass Band, DJ Captain Charles, DJ GT are also scheduled for the evening. Tickets start at $25.
Mardi Gras Parade in Crystal Beach on Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
If you’re in the mood for a drive down to the Texas peninsula, The Lighthouse Krewe is hosting a parade along Highway 87 that will start at Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort and end at Gregory Park.
Mardi Gras at Harley-Davidson Central on Feb. 26, noon-4 p.m.
Time to ride! Bring the bikes and vests out to Harley-Davidson’s Greater Heights location for a day party. Complimentary gumbo will be served by BB’s Tex-Orleans and will feature a live performance by Lil Steve & the Zydeco Futures.
Mardi Gras Celebration at St. Theresa Catholic Church on Feb. 27, 11 a.m -2 p.m.
Hosted following the 10 a.m. Mass, St. Theresa Catholic Church’s annual “All Are Welcome” Mardi Gras event is free and kid-friendly. Classic dishes like red beans and rice will be served alongside a live band performance, crafts and games.
Mardi Gras at Downtown Aquarium Houston through Feb. 28
The aquarium’s restaurant has got you covered with the flavors of Mardi Gras. Enjoy a plate of Creole stuffed catfish or shrimp and grits while surrounded by sea creatures. Reserve a table here.
Mardi Gras! Galveston at The Strand through March 1
The 111th Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities continue for a second weekend with more parades, beads and fun. Tickets for today and Saturday are still available and start at $16. For the full event schedule and tickets, visit here.
Mardi Gras Celebration at The Woodlands Children’s Museum on March 1, 10:45 a.m. to noon
Take a trip to The Woodlands for the ultimate kid-friendly Fat Tuesday event. The Children’s Museum is hosting a morning soiree with mask making, a boogie bash and king cake. Admission is at $7 for adults and children 1 year and up. Tickets can be purchased here.
Learn @ Lunch: Fat Tuesday at Central Market (Westheimer) on March 1, 11 a.m.-noon
Mardi Gras is nothing without the food. In honor of Fat Tuesday, Chef Sonia is sharing the secrets to classic Creole dishes in this 1-hour class. Enjoy samples of three signature meals. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
Mardi Craw at The Rustic on March 1, 5:30-11 p.m.
In the mood for crawfish? The Rustic Downtown has got you covered with Mardi Craw. The free event will feature lots of food, cocktails and a live performance by The Heights Funk Collective.
Bachata Fat Tuesday at Sable Gate Winery on March 1, 7-11:45 p.m.
Put on your dancing shoes and learn the styles of Bachata during this Mardi Gras-themed dance class hosted by Latin Dance Factory in Pearland. The class is open to ages 18 and up, and tickets start at $10. For more information, visit here.