12 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras Around the Main Line
From mummer’s parades to galas to Cajun eats, you won’t want to miss these events.
Ardmore Music Hall will have two nights of New Orleans-themed entertainment ahead of Mardi Gras. Visit on Feb. 8 for a master class performance from jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Or, get a dose of Philly Gumbo on Feb. 9.
23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.
Throughout the week, head to City Works in King of Prussia, where they’ll be serving traditional King Cake. If your piece has the lucky baby inside, you’ll win a $250 Visa gift card. In addition to King Cake, the restaurant will be serving other New Orleans specialties, including alligator gumbo, shrimp po’ boys and shrimp n’ grits.
220 Main St., King of Prussia.
Get a taste of the Big Easy in the City of Brotherly Love at Xfinity Live!’s Mardis Gras party. There will be bead contests, a cash balloon drop, stilt walkers and performances by Go Go Gadget.
1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia.
It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a libation or two. Philly Mardi Gras Crawl will hit some of the city’s best pubs and bars, beginning with the Fox and Hound. Participants, who must be 21 and over, will receive masks and beads to further get into the spirit.
Fox and Hound, 1501 Spruce St., Philadelphia.
In celebration of Mardi Gras, World Café Live will host two energetic themed shows. The first is Feb. 10 featuring Phillybloco’s Carnaval/Mardis Gras Bash. Get a taste of two cultures with an appearance by the Unidos da Filadelfia Samba School. On Feb. 13, World Café Live hosts its 34th annual Mardi Gras Show, featuring the Wild Bohemians.
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
Head to Iron Hill in Phoenixville for its Fatter Tuesday Beer Dinner. The menu was created by executive chef Tim Andrews, and beers were selected by lead brewer William Mink. The five-course meal includes the likes of boudin sausage, okra fries and crawfish.
130 Bridge St., Phoenixville.
The Kiwanis Mardi Gras celebration brings all the fun of Bourbon Street, plus a little more—beads, food and drink, a silent auction—to Conshohocken. Proceeds from the event benefit the lunch program in Colonial School District.
Fingers Wings and Other Things, 107 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken.
Bourbon Blue channels New Orleans on a regular basis, but it’s upping the ante for Fat Tuesday and its Mardi Gras 2018 celebration. Aside from beads and masks, the restaurant will offer two packages, which include an open bar and a New Orleans-inspired buffet. Plus, DJ Q-Ball will be playing all night.
2 Rector St., Manayunk.
Canvas Valley Forge is celebrating Mardi Gras with lots of authentic Cajun food, catered by Beck’s Cajun Café. Plus, enjoy live tunes from Steve Walker.
101 Bryce Lane, King of Prussia.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania’s 11th annual Mardi Gras Gala will raise funds for the cause in a fun atmosphere. This year’s royal couple is Dave and Kerri Monnerat.
Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square, Philadelphia.
The Mardi Gras Dance Party will be held at the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center, where costumes are encouraged, but not required. The night kicks off with dinner, complete with Louisiana classics, and ends with live music and dancing.
6815 Emlen St., Philadelphia.
A time-honored tradition, the Philadelphia Mummers Mardi Gras Parade traverses the streets of Manayunk, bringing with it the livelihood of New Orleans. Enjoy the sounds of 16 string bands at this daylong celebration.