From crawfish to parades to jazz music, here are 19 events in the Tampa Bay area to get you into the Mardi Gras spirit.
Busch Gardens Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens features live music, New Orleans-inspired entertainment, and traveling street performers. The park also offers Cajun-style dishes such as shrimp po’boys, jambalaya, gumbo, donuts, and cocktails. Included with admission; food and drinks extra. Noon to 8 p.m. February 25-27 and March 4-6. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.
Shrove Tuesday at The Galley: Enjoy Cajun cuisine, live music and royal cake. No cover. 5 p.m. Feb 25-Mar 1. The Galley, 27 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-575-7071.
Mardi Gras Apollo Beach: Salty’s hosts the second annual Mardi Gras party with New Orleans-style food and drink, free pearls, and music from DJ Eddie and Symmetry. No cover. 5-11 p.m. Feb. 25. Salty Shamrock, 6186 US 41, Apollo Beach. 813-938-5282.
Mardi Gras Tour: Pick up Mardi Gras beads to wear as you roam the ranch feeding alpacas, horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, rabbits, peacocks, turkeys, guineas and more. Donations appreciated. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26. J&G Animal Rescue Ranch, 14140 Peace Blvd., Spring Hill. 727-967-7103.
Mardi gras crayfish boil: Celebrate Mardi Gras with a five-pound skillet of crawfish, sausage, potatoes and corn. Comes with a free beer. $40. 5-7 p.m. Feb. 26. Bayboro Brewing Co., 2390 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-767-9666.
Mardi Gras Celebration: Learn how to cook New Orleans-style dishes including short rib stuffed fritters, duck and andouille sausage okra, blackened beef tenderloin with crawfish cream sauce, and Trinity risotto and cake Kings. 18 and over only. $60. 6:30 p.m. February 26. Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-926-4465.
Mardi Gras Block Party in Uptown: Food, music, friends and voodoo take to the streets for a party with a bouncy house, noisemakers and live music from Jengle Slap, MaySay and the Bay Area Fiddlers Association. No cover. 1 p.m. Feb. 26. Party venue, 710 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg.
Dunedin Mardi Gras: Dunedin gives us a giant taste of the Big Easy at this party with live music on four stages and a parade down Douglas Avenue at 7 p.m. No cover. 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 26. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin.
Mardi Gras in Caledonia: Caledonia puts you right in the heart of the action for Dunedin’s giant party as they set up tables on the street near a main stage and serve up their special Black Bayou Magik Stout made with chicory coffee. No cover. 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main Street, Dunedin. 727-351-5105.
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Mardi Gras Bar Crawl: Join Top Shelf Crawls for a nine-stop pub crawl complete with a souvenir koozie, pearls, drink specials and a DJ dance. Stops include One Night Stand, Crafty Squirrel, Thirsty First, Pour Judgement, Parks and Rec, The Avenue, Tryst, Yard of Ale and 360 First. $12.99 – $18.99. 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Feb. 26. One Night Stand, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-350-5822.
GloGoBear’s Mardi Gras Party: DJ Neon the GlowGo Bear provides the high energy dance music for this party for Bears, Daddies and Muscle Bears. $10 to $15. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Feb. 26. Christoph’s, 2606 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. 813-450-3877.
Mardi Gras at Caddy: Mardi Gras gets jazzy with live music from the Porch Dogs, Matt Bellina and Rich Sheldon. Also, face painting, balloon animals and beach games. No cover. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 1. Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. 727-360-4993.
Mardi Gras Party: Get a string of Mardi Gras beads every time you buy a Bacardi or Gray Goose product. The person with the most pearls at the end of the night wins Goose VIP bottle service. No cover. 4 p.m.-midnight March 1. MacDinton’s Irish Pub St. Petersburg, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-201-9783.
Mardi Gras Celebration: Head to the Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar for $5 Hurricanes and $10 Andouille with prawns and jambalaya. No cover. 4-9 p.m. March 1. Fenway Hotel, 215 Locklie St., Dunedin. 727-683-5980.
Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil: Bay Area residents can take a trip to the bayou with all-you-can-eat crawfish, mac and cheese, corn, potatoes, and sausage. Includes two free drinks, Mardi Gras mug and beads. $40. 6-9 p.m. March 1. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-495-6002.
Oldsmar Friends of the Arts Mardi Gras Gala: Dress in purple and gold for a Mardi Gras party with dinner, dancing, music, auctions, performances by the OPAL Theater and Miss Suda dancers, costume contests and games. Benefiting Oldsmar Performing Arts. Buy tickets through Facebook at OFotA Mardi Gras 2022. $50. 6-9 p.m. March 1. Place under tent, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E, Oldsmar.
Mardi Gras Running Club: Dress up in festive Mardi Gras colors and beads to let your heart run wild. Then, return to the World of Beer for Abita beers on tap, Cajun-inspired appetizers, and a raffle. No cover. 6 p.m. March 1. World of Beer Westchase, 9524 Linebaugh Ave. W, Tampa. 813-852-2337.
Mardi Gras Bacardi Gras: Celebrate the holy feast of Mardi Gras with live music from the Jazz Daddy O’s Trio, New Orleans-inspired food and drink, burlesque from Miss TigerLily and Ivy Les Vixens, dancing and Bacardi giveaways Limited. 21 and over only. Free from 8 p.m. to midnight on March 1. Big Easy Bar, 1704 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-248-3444.
Mardi gras on the roof: Head to the rooftop terrace for this party with all-you-can-eat Cajun porridge and dirty rice, live music by Danielle Mohr and free pearls. $40. 7-10 p.m. March 4. Fusion Resort, 290 107th Ave., Treasure Island. 727-300-6866.