You don't have to live in or even visit New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras—the city of Phoenix and the surrounding area offer tons of fun activities, dinners, and events during this annual week-long festival.
From Fat Tuesday deals at local bars to full-out parties at some of the area's biggest venues, you're sure to find something fun to do this Mardi Gras without having to spend a fortune on accommodations in New Orleans.
You can even visit a Mardi Gras costume shop in Scottsdale so you can dress in traditional festive clothes while enjoying a night on the town. Whatever you decide to do though, remember to book your reservations and buy your tickets ahead of time as big events and popular dinners like these are sure to sell out quickly.
Snooze locations across the Phoenix area celebrate Mardi Gras annually on Fat Tuesday by offering a New Orleans-style King Cake filled with white chocolate and topped with lemon curd, blueberry mascarpone & toasted coconut. Food and beverages are sold à la carte, and if you find a plastic toy jack on your pancake you win! Fat Tuesday falls on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
A four-course meal at this fondue chain includes your choice of cheese fondue, choice of salad, a fondue entrée, and your choice of chocolate fondue. The entrée choices are filet mignon, white shrimp, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, all-natural breast of chicken and spinach, and artichoke ravioli. For this special occasion, the entrée is all-you-can-eat.
TEXAZ Grill's chef and owner Steve Freidkin spent several years in Louisiana learning the tradition and flavors of Cajun and Creole cuisine. This year he will be serving up authentic New Orleans food and drink specials all day long, with $6 hurricane cocktails and traditional sugar-dusted $5 calas. Enjoy a lunch special (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Louisiana favorite house-made chicken gumbo offered by the cup ($3.50) or bowl ($4.50). Plus, available only during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), TEXAZ Grill will be offering $1 fresh-shucked Gulf oysters for a true taste of New Orleans cuisine (limited availability).
Located in downtown Phoenix at the CityScape, the LUSTRE Rooftop Bar will be hosting Fat Tuesday-inspired cocktails on February 13, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Specials include sazeracs, hurricanes, and Southern Slushies. Complimentary red beans and rice are also served from 5 to 7 p.m., and there will be live music and beads galore throughout the event.
Also located at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, the Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails bar will be offering Mardi Gras-inspired cocktails and food all week long. Food specials include gumbo, red beans and rice, oyster po'boys, and a Louisiana crawfish boil. Cocktail specials include sazeracs, hurricanes, and Southern slushies. You should reserve your table ahead of time as seats fill up quickly over this festive holiday season.
From Friday, February 24 through Tuesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. celebrate with New Orleans style food. Food includes crawfish and shrimp tacos along with jambalaya. Look for drink specials like $5 hurricanes and $1 Jell-O shots.
Put your dancing shoes on for a visit to Harold's Cave Creek Corral. The lineup is tight on Fat Tuesday: There's a jazz band at 6 p.m., swing dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., a costume contest at 8 p.m., Acoustic Kings at 8:30 p.m., and crawfish eating contest at 8:30 p.m. You won't want to miss the "Most Beads" award. Reservations are recommended.
Billed as the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in Arizona, "laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) has been this restaurant's motto for the last 26 years. The festivities kick off with zydeco music and Cajun lunch with gumbo, jambalaya and po-boy sandwiches. Wash it down with one of 30 flavors of New Orleans Original Daiquiris on tap. After lunch and dinner, party all night and dance on two dance floors. DJs will be spinning the hottest dance music until 2 a.m.
Every year Anthem State Farm agent Nanette McClelland-Miller hosts her Mardi Gras Fundraiser at the locally famous eatery and saloon, the Roadrunner Restaurant in New River. This event, hosted since 2004, has raised funds for a variety of people, schools, and organizations. Original recipes of gumbo, boiled crawfish, and po-boys take over the menu in the evening, spirited by a live band and good times. Seasonings, crawfish, and Mardi Gras beads are ordered direct from the heart of Cajun country.