Laissez les bon temps rouler!

It’s Fat Tuesday, a time to let loose and indulge a bit (ok, a lot). So break out your purple, green, and gold and head out to these spots in Richmond… and let the good times roll!

It’s Fat Tuesday, a time to let loose and indulge a bit (ok, a lot). So break out your purple, green, and gold, head out to these spots in Richmond, and let the good times roll!

Acacia Midtown

Classic New Orleans cocktails available all evening!

Location: 2601 W. Cary Street
Contact: 804-562-0138


They’re promising DJ’s, “beads, beads, beads,” and giveaways every 20 minutes. Be sure to wear your purple, green, and gold.

Location: 1001 Haxall Point
Contact: 804-643-3466

Capital Ale House (Downtown)

Beads, dancing, Cajun food, and music from Souler Coaster.

Location: 623 E. Main Street
Contact: 804-643-2537

Legend Brewing Co.

Specials include Jambalaya, Cajun Crawfish, and all your Legend favorites.

Location: 321 W. 7th Street
Contact: 804-232-3446

Louisiana Flair

This is about as legit as you can get this far north of The Big Easy. They’ll be serving up King Cake by the slice, giving away beads, and chowing down on Shrimp Creole and Crawfish Etoufee. They’ll also be cranking out as much Sam Cooke, Aaron Neville, and Dr. John as possible.

Location: 322 E. Grace Street
Contact: 804-612-9066

Lucky Buddha & Cha Cha’s Cantina

Enjoy buffet of New Orleans cuisine from 8pm to 9pm and free raffle prizes until 11pm.

Location: 1421 E. Cary Street and 1419 E. Cary Street
Contact: 804-648-5100 and 804-726-6296

The Tobacco Company

Celebrate with masks, beads, food, and a performance from The Jangling Reinharts.

Location: 1201 E. Cary Street
Contact: 804-782-9555

Mardi Gras for Missions

If you’re looking for a more tame, do-gooder approach to Fat Tuesday, stop by St. James Episcopal Church to enjoy a delicious Cajun menu and take part in an auction to benefit the church’s mission efforts. Tickets are $30.

Location: 1205 W. Franklin Street
Contact: 804-355-1779

If you can’t make it out tonight, do a little belated celebrating with these folks…

Mardi Gras Celebration: Jazz Faculty All-Stars

Head over to the Modlin Center on Wednesday, February 17 and celebrate Mardi Gras with a concert of New Orleans jazz as it was originally performed. The University of Richmond Jazz Faculty All-Stars featuring Mike Davison play transcriptions of early jazz classics by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers. It’s free to get in but tickets are required.

Location: Modlin Center, Westhampton side of the University of Richmond campus
Contact: 804-289-8980

Cooper Vineyards Mardi Gras Festival

Looking to get out of town for a bit? This Louisa County vineyard will be hosting their own festivities on Saturday, February 20, including wine tastings, King Cake, beads, and jambalaya. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance.

Location: 13372 Shannon Hill Road (Louisa, Virginia 23093)
Contact: 540-894-5253

VMFA’s Mardi Gras Party

Join the VMFA on Saturday, February 27 for some Cajun cuisine, Hurricanes, and live brass music — can’t beat that. Tickets are $45 for members, $60 for non-members with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Art endowment of the Children’s Memorial Gallery in the expanded VMFA.

Location: Marble Hall, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Contact: 804-204-2677

Not to be a buzzkill, but we’d also like to take this opportunity to ask you to please remember to drink responsibly should you choose to imbibe this evening. So be smart, be safe, and remember that we love you.

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