Mardi Gras, Texas Style

Ready to laissez les bon temps rouler? (read: let the good times roll) Of course you are. Here’s our round-up of the top Mardi Gras celebrations across the Lone Star state!

Houston | Houston Creole Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras Parade | January 30
Promising “food, music and frivolity,” the mission of this Houston fest is to celebrate—and preserve—the Creole culture. Head to Discovery Green Park this Saturday—the first band comes on at noon.

Austin | Carnaval Brasileiro | February 27
One of the largest Carnaval celebrations outside of Brazil, outrageous costumes and samba rhythms will take over the Palmer Events Center for one unforgettable evening.

Fort Worth | Mardi Gras Run | February 6
If overindulging on Cajun food doesn’t sound appealing to you, opt for Fort Worth’s Mardi Gras Run at Panther Island Pavilion with 2-mile and 4-mile distances. Register online in advance here.

Beaumont | Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas | February 4 – 7
This four-day, family-friendly celebration features a talent-packed musical lineup like Grammy Award winner Wayne Toups, Beaumont native David Joel, plus other names like Sam Riggs and the Cody Johnson Band. Purchase tickets online in advance here.

Richardson | Mardi Gras Painting With A Twist | February 9
Reserve your spot now for a special Mardi Gras-themed evening at Painting With a Twist in Richardson, and feel free to BYOB for an extra-fun girls’ night out!

McKinney | Krewe of Barkus Costumed Dog Parade | February 7
The original Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans was established to help abused and abandoned canines, and this year McKinney’s version will feature a parade, a costume contest for the four-legged attendees and activities for the whole family.

Fredericksburg | Mardi Gras Kickoff Celebration at 4.0 Cellars | February 6
For a delightful afternoon sampling Texas Wines and grubbing on a hearty bowl of Jambalaya, head to 4.0 Cellars from noon – 3pm.

San Antonio | Bud Light Mardi Gras on the River Walk | February 6
New Orleans-style entertainment and food at Arneson Theatre from 1 – 5pm, where the River Rat Brass Band will play on a float for one lap around the river starting at 3:30pm. Wander over the La Villita for tarot card readings, caricatures and henna tattoos—beads and costumes are highly encouraged.

El Paso | Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street | February 9
New Orleans will be partying on Bourbon Street, and El Paso will be celebrating on Cincinnati Street with plenty of beads, food, live music and drink specials at Kern Place. Purchase tickets online in advance here.

The Woodlands | Mardi Gras at The Woodlands Children’s Museum | February 9
For the regular cost of museum admission, enjoy an extra special “Fat Tuesday” from 10am – 2pm with festive masks and necklaces, a Mardi Gras parade, live music and tasty King’s Cake to-go.

Pearland | Mardi Gras Madness at Putt Putt Fun House | February 6 – 7
Head to Putt Putt Fun House in Pearland for a family-friendly—and affordable—Mardi Gras celebration. You’ll even get free beads with your purchase of any all-day pass.

Dallas | Mardi Gras Texas Style Music Festival | February 20
Now in its 15th year, Dallas’ Mardi Gras Festival has its celebration down with 28 bands across 5 stages, and it’s all happening at the historic State Fairgrounds. Purchase $35 general admission tickets online in advance here, or pay $45 day of the event to see acts like Josh Abbott Band, Jason Boland & the Stragglers and Mike Ryan Band.