10 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston

Get ready for big fun around the city.

By Amarie Gipson

Get ready for a weekend of big fun with these Mardi Gras celebrations. 

Get ready for a weekend of fun. Mardi Gras has arrived and it’s time to go big! We’re headed out into the city for good food, live music and dancing.

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

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