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Mardi Gras California

ARCADIA: Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park March 2, 2019, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA $21-up,

FRESNO: Tower District Steampunk Mardi Gras Parade March 3, 2019, 1 p.m.
Fresno, Tower District, Olive & Wishon Avenues
Free to attend, parade entry fee (559) 367-3464 or
The annual Mardi Gras Parade in the Tower begins at one o'clock and travels east along Olive Avenue to Wishon for over an hour of revelry! Arrive early to stake out your spot along the parade route and plan on retreating into your favorite Tower District haunt for post-parade drinks and treats. Tower District Restaurants serve plenty of cajun and creole food like gumbo, jambalaya, po' boy sandwiches and oyster shooters.

CALISTOGA: Evangeline Mardi Gras Celebration March 9, 2019, 5-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30 - $100,
Evangeline Mardi Gras Celebration
Evangeline, Calistoga
Family-friendly bacchanal featuring fried chicken, gumbo ya-ya, oysters, shrimp boil, etouffee, oysters, bananas foster, abita beers, sazerac, and more. Music by The Wild Catahoulas  5-10 p.m. at the walk-around, festival. In the event of rain, the patio will be fully tented.

CARMEL: Mardi Gras Masquerade March 2, 2019, 5:30-10 p.m. Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA $125-up,

CLARKSBURG: 6th Annual Brazilian Carnaval at the Old Sugar Mill March 2, 2019, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
$25-76, age 21+,
The Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Ave
Clarksburg, CA 95612
Entertainment includes includes the Brazilian band SambaDa, the Brazilian Dance Company featuring dancers and percussion, singer Fabiana Passoni (Bossa Nova), DJ R.D.M. playing music in the back patio, a Costume Contest, Photo Booth and more. Samba class at 7 p.m. and Lambada class at 9 p.m. Guests receive 1 complimentary Mardi Gras Punch serving from the Mardi Gras Bar.

EL CENTRO: Mardi Gras Light Parade & Street Festival  February 23, 2019, 5-10 p.m. Parade at 6 p.m.
Location: El Centro Civic Center Area.
The colors of purple, green and gold, encompass the entire Downtown area for the parade, street festival, glittery costumes, lights, masks and beads. Come and enjoy the official launch of the event with Mardi Gras 2019 King & Queen. There's Jazz music and New Orleans style cuisine. Celebrating New Orleans tradition with a Light Parade & Street Festival creates an exciting and fun evening for the entire family.

LONG BEACH: Mardi Gras Krewe Ball March 9, 2019, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Grand and Windsor Salons
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Queen Mary Mardi Gras Krewe Ball celebrates with dancing, drinks, jazz, and traditional New Orleans cuisine. Welcome to the French Quarter streets, a parade, and strolling entertainment handing out beads. There's live music with 8-piece Bear Brass Band for  dancing. Enjoy bold saxophones, trumpets, trombones, snare drums, plus Stilt walkers, jesters, juggling acts, harlequin acrobats, carnival dancers, and the Mardi Gras King & Queen.

REDONDO BEACH: Brazilian Carnaval March 2, 2019, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
207 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
19th annual event produced by award-winning Brazilian Nites features music, non-stop dancing, Samba drummers, beads, masks, authentic Brazilian food and drinks, and of course, the titillating and elaborately costumed elite Samba dancers. All-ages are welcome. Costumes encouraged. The longest running Carnaval celebration on the west coast features Latin Grammy Nominee Roge & LA's All Star Brazilian Carnaval band, plus the stunning LA Samba Dancers and DJ Potira.

NEVADA CITY: Mardi Gras February 17, 2019
A downtown parade in this colorful Sierra foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras in Nevada City. Sunday — Parade on Broad Street

NEVADA CITY: Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball February 16, 2019, 8 p.m.
$25 - $30,
Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City

SACRAMENTO: Mardi Gras March 2, 2019 with Mardi Bark Parade 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Mardi Gras Festival Party 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Old Sacramento
1124 2nd St.
Sacramento, California
Mardi Bark Parade is new event featuring dogs dressed in their "Pawty" clothes. The procession is led by City of Trees Brass Band on L Street in the Old Sacramento Waterfront. It travels down 2nd Street, turning on J Street and ending at the 1849 scene, where event sponsors, vendors, mimosa bar, bites and the celebration continues festival style.
Mardi Gras Festival Crawl Party happens at night, a la Bourbon Street Style
Live music, street entertainers, give away throws, and discounted Bayou Rum drink special all night long. 8 bars along 2 big easy blocks of strolling. River City Saloon The Other Office Fanny Ann's Saloon Sports Corner Cafe O'Mally's Irish Pub Knobs & Knockers Vega's Underground Sactown Sports Bar Live music by members of the City of Trees Brass Band and Inti Quilla Brazilian Drumline from 8-11pm. Join them as they stroll from bar to bar! Keep an eye out for entertainers like a fortune teller, party alligator, and more. Laissez le bon temps rouler.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Hillcrest Mardi Gras March 5, 2019, 6-11:30 p.m.
Party Bus Bar Crawl
University Ave. between 1st Ave. and 4th Ave
San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO: Mardi Gras Beads Bites and Booze Tour March 2, 2019, 1-5 p.m.
San Diego, CA
20 bites and 20 Mardi Gras-inspired sips throughout the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Remember to collect 10 beads at 10 hotspots for VIP access to the after party at a secret location!

SAN FRANCISCO: Mardi Gras in the Fillmore March 5, 2019, 5 p.m.
The Village Project produces this event. Fillmore Center Plaza Free Blues Concert at 5-7:30 p.m.
Masquerade Ball at Fillmore Heritage Center
1330 Fillmore
San Francisco, CA 94115
Masquerade Ball $40-105,
Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore  with great music, creative costumes, good food and colorful beads, free blues concert (5-7 p.m.)  featuring  Margie Turner, along with Alabama Mike and Bernard Anderson.
The New Orleans style festival will bring San Francisco's historic Fillmore Music District to life with Zydeco & blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere, and a second line parade led by Sumba Funk, the St. Gabriel's Brass Band and the Gumbo Band. New Orleans' own, Chief Takawaka is Grand Marshall and  MC for the event. There will be face painting, street artists and performers. The free blues concert and second line New Orleans style parade down the Fillmore Corridor, culminates with the annual Masquerade Ball at the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center. At the Masquerade Ball, guests will enjoy New Orleans cuisine, Mardi Gras drink specials and more blues and Zydeco music, with Tia Carrol and the infamous Fillmore Slim.

SAN FRANCISCO: Mardi Gras March 5, 2019, 6 p.m.
Tickets: $85-110,
Town Hall Restaurant, 342 Howard St., San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO: Mission District 2019 Carnaval Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Kick-Off Celebration March 5, 2019, 6 p.m. Free admission throughout "The Quarter" -- Friends, family, and neighbors in the heart of  Latino Cultural District -- enjoy live samba drummers, dancers winding through the party, and lively music from salsa and soca to cumbia and rumba. Wear costumes, masks and beads in celebration of the holiday. A percentage of sales in all venues will go to support Carnaval San Francisco.

WEST SACRAMENTO: Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Yolo County Children's Alliance April 11, 2019, 6 p.m. City of West Sacramento City Hall, Civic Center Galleria, West Sacramento, CA $60,

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Southern California - Los Angeles Area:

  • Mardi Gras Casino Knights  March 1, 2019, 6 p.m. Business Expo Center, Anaheim, CA
  • Mardi Gras Masked Ball March 16, 2019, 7 p.m. Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport, Long Beach, CA Starts at $50
  • Mardi Gras Fundraiser February 23, 2019, 5 p.m. Consolidated Realty Board, Los Angeles, CA Starts at $28.16
  • Bootleg Mardi Gras Carnevale March 2, 2019, 7 p.m. Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA $75-up, on Ticketfly
  • Mardi Gras Yacht Party March 2, 2019, Dock 52, Marina Del Rey, CA $89.50-up on Goldstar
  • Mardi Gras Party at Red Bar and Lounge March 5, 2019, 9 p.m. Red Bar and Lounge, Irvine, CA
  • Mardi Gras Masquerade Party March 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m. Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA $39-up
  • Mardi Gras Paint Nite March 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Phantasmic Event And Party Planning, Moreno Valley, CA $45-up
  • Tribute to Moulin Rouge (Mardi Gras Masquerade) March 5, 2019, 9 p.m. Pour Vous, Los Angeles, CA $10-up
  • Mom-di Gras February 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, Fullerton, CA $25-up
  • Mardi Gras Party- Love the skin you're in Fri, February 22, 2019, 7 p.m. Stuart Home, Pasadena, CA Free
  • LOS ANGELES: Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil at Imperial Western Beer Company March 3, 2019, 12 p.m. Imperial Western Beer Company, 800 N. Alameda (Union Station), Los Angeles, CA $70-up,
  • Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Alumnae Chapter Mardi Gras Carnival Party March 16, 2019, 7 p.m. Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside, Culver City, CA Starts at $75
  • Krimsey's 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Party March 5, 2019, 6 p.m. Krimsey's Cajun Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA Free
  • Hollywood MARDI GRAS Club Crawl - All access party pass March 2, 2019, 10 p.m. Saint Felix, Los Angeles, CA Starts at $30
  • K33 | Mardi Gras themed AKF & OPP March 9, 2019, 8 p.m. Klub Thirty3's Kink Haus in Los Angeles, CA
  • Mixology Class Featuring Mardi Gras Cocktails at Margo's in Santa Monica March 10, 2019, 6 p.m. Margo's, Santa Monica, CA Starts at $90
  • Mardi Gras Family Fun Night March 2, 2019, 5:30 p.m. St. Augustine Parish Hall, Culver City, CA Free
  • Downtown LA Mardi Gras Club Crawl March 2, 2019, 9 p.m.  All access pass to 4 clubs in 1 night! Bang Bang Room, Los Angeles, CA Starts at $30.

Northern California - Bay Area:

  • Oakland Mardi Gras 2019 March 5, 2019, 8 p.m. The New Parish, Oakland, CA $12-15,
  • Mardi Gras Masquerade March 9, 2019, 6 p.m. The Laundry, San Francisco, CA
  • Mardi Gras at Cirque Bar March 1, 2019, 6 p.m. Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco, CA $68.94
  • NEWARK: Mardi Gras Celebration March 3, 2019, 11:30am Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church,, Newark, CA Free
  • Mardi Gras Seafood Boil February 22, 2019, 6:30pm Dan Foley Cultural Center, Vallejo, CA
  • Mardi Gras Dinner at Scopo Divino March 5, 2019, 6 p.m. Scopo Divino, San Francisco, CA $98-up
  • Mardi Gras Party, Adults only February 23, 2019, 5 p.m. Sentz Residence, Oakland, CA $50-up
  • Mardi Gras 2019 Age 18+ March 2, 2019, 9 p.m. City Nights, San Francisco, CA $20-up
  • Mardi Gras Party March 5, 2019, 6 p.m. Taps Restaurant & Beer co, Petaluma, CA $53.62
  • Mardi Gras 2019 March 5, 2019, 5:30pm Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA $17-up
  • EBLYP Mardi Gras Fund-Raising Dinner 2019 March 2, 2019, 5:30pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Alameda, CA $50-up
  • Mardi Gras WCR Style! March 1, 2019, 5 p.m. Cap's Oak Street Bar & Grill, Brentwood, CA $50-up
  • Chef's Class: Mardi Gras Delights March 1, 2019, 5:30pm CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), Napa, CA $30-up
  • Mardi Gras Crab Feed March 1, 2019, 6 p.m. St Anne Catholic Community, Byron, CA $55.02
  • Mardi Gras San Francisco Style, Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore March 5, 2019, 5 p.m. Fillmore Heritage Center & Fillmore Plaza, San Francisco, CA
  • Mardi Gras Warm Up with Harry Best, Koudmen and Asheba February 22, 2019, 8 p.m. Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, Berkeley, CA $15-up
  • Alice's Smokehouse / Mardi Gras Mon, Feb 25, 6:30pm Alice's Smokehouse, Mountain View, CA $35-up
  • Gator's Mardi Gras with Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic March 5, 2019, 5:30pm 5 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA $50-up
  • Mardi Gras at Swanson Vineyards March 2, 2019, 12 p.m. Swanson Vineyards & Tasting Room, Napa, CA $30-up
  • Club X Presents: Mardi Gras 2019 Ages 18+ March 1, 2019, 10 p.m. Club X, San Francisco, CA $15-up
  • GATORATORS feat Dave Malone (The Radiators), Camile Baudoin (The Radiators), Reggie Scanlan (The Radiators), Mitch Stein (CRYPTICAL) & Eric Bolivar (Anders Osborne) + Special Guests March 1, 2019, 9 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA $42-up on Ticketfly
  • PurseFirst presents: Mardi Gras Masquerade Party hosted by KBLX's Jazmyn Summers @ Geoffrey's Sat, Mar 16, 10 p.m. Geoffreys Inner Circle, Oakland, CA $20-up
  • Mardi Gras 2nd line Parade March North Beach Tupelo to North Star March 2, 2019, 2 p.m. Tupelo, San Francisco, CA $8-up
  • Mardi Gras 2nd line Parade March North Beach Tupelo & Northstar March 2, 2019, 2 p.m. North Beach, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA $8-up
  • Dance Fridays KIZOMBA LOFT Mardi Gras 3rd Room - KIZOMBA Plus Salsa & Bachata March 1, 2019, 7:30pm Dance Fridays, San Francisco, California $10-up
  • Dance Saturdays Mardi Gras Extravaganza - Salsa, Bachata y Latin Mix, 3 Dance Lessons at 8 p.m. March 2, 2019, 7:45 p.m. Dance Saturdays, San Francisco, CA $10-up
  • MILL VALLEY: Gatorators concert featuring Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan (The Radiators), Mitch Stein (CRYPTICAL) & Eric Bolivar (Anders Osborne) + Special Guests, 8 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA $42-47,
  • SONOMA: Saints & Sinners Mardi Gras Party March 1 & 2, 2019, 8:30 p.m. features T-Luke and the Tight Suits, plus The Black Sheep Brass Band at The Reel Fish Shop & Grill, Sonoma, CA $15-20,
  • Mar "Tee" Gras Crab Feed March 8, 2019, 6 p.m. The Clarion Hotel, Concord, CA $75-up
  • 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night March 9, 2019, 6 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge #0824, Santa Cruz, CA $32.17
  • DPNS Annual Auction- Mardi Gras February 23, 2019, 5:30pm Davis Veterans Memorial Center, Davis, CA $20-up
  • WINTERS: Mardi Gras Mambofest, concert with Rhythmtown-Jive & the K-Girls plus Vicki Randle March 2, 2019, 8 p.m. The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA $20,
  • Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance March 2, 2019, 8 p.m. Capital City Elks Lodge, Sacramento, CA $25-up
  • Gatsby's Mardi Gras Masquerade March 8, 2019, 7 p.m. Brewsters Bar & Grill, Galt, CA $25-up
  • QSF 8th Annual Spring Auction March 8, 2019, 7 p.m. Elks Lodge, Tracy, CA $25-up
  • Sacramento Mardi Gras Party & Pub Crawl March 2, 2019, 8 p.m. Old Sacramento, Sacramento, CA Free
  • Cajun Crab Feed Mardi Gras Style March 16, 2019, 5 p.m. VFW Post 67, Sacramento, CA $45-up
  • February 23, 2019, 5 p.m. Urban Warehouse, Sacramento, CA $25-up
  • 2019 FFBI Mardi Gras Crab Feed March 2, 2019, 5:30pm St John Vianney Church, Rancho Cordova, CA
  • BarkHappy Sacramento: Mardi Gras Pawty Benefiting Chako Pitbull Rescue and Advocacy! Sun, Feb 24, 1 p.m. Porchlight Brewing Company, Sacramento, CA

SAN FRANCISCO: Carnaval San Francisco May 25-26, 2019
Mission District
Harrison between 16th & 24th Streets
San Francisco, CA
Grand Parade features beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. Brazilian-style escola samba schools with up to 300 members dance through the streets in fantastic feathered headdresses or sweeping Bahia skirts, while Caribbean contingents perform the music and dance of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Other parade groups include Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese drummers, giant puppets and folkloric groups representing Guatemala, Honduras and Bolivia. Join the fun! Held over Memorial Day weekend over 400,000 visitors experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi—cultural celebration on the West Coast.

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