Mardi Gras in Nashville 2019

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Consider this your go-to resource for all things Mardi Gras in Nashville! This year, Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” falls on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. We’ve summed up the hottest things to do plus some restaurants to get you in the spirit. Many celebrations will be announced last-minute, so check back here for additional Mardi Gras event options.

Mardi Gras EVENTS IN NASHVILLE


The Birds and the Beads

Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Birds and the Beads: A Mardi Gras Burlesquerade will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 10:00pm at The Studio Nashville. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP front row seats. Doors open at 9:00pm. Wear your Mardi Gras best and BYOB!

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Krewe Du Luke’s Mardi Gras Celebration

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Krewe Du Luke’s Mardi Gras Celebration is on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 6:30pm at ONE Historic Event Space at Cannery Row. The upscale event will feature a New Orleans-style buffet, an open bar, a silent auction, dancing, and live music. Proceeds benefit St. Luke’s Community House. Tickets start at $125.

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Mardi Gras Celebration at Thompson Hotel

Saturday, March 2, 2019 

Make your way to L.A. Jackson at Thompson Hotel for a Mardi Gras celebration starting at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Enjoy special NOLA cocktails, music by Half Brass Band, fun menu items like shrimp po’ boys and boudin balls, and performances by DJ Basketball Jones and DJ Warfield. Stop by Killebrew coffee in the lobby to try executive pastry chef Lisa Marie White’s Mardi Gras-themed sweets, including King Cake by the slice, doughnuts, and King Cake lattes.

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Fat Tuesday at Rudy’s Jazz Room

Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019

For an authentic New Orleans evening on March 5, 2019, check out Rudy Jazz Room’s La Belle Masque: A Mardi Gras Burlesque Revue with Brook Sutton’s live New Orleans-style jazz band and burlesque performances. Mardi Gras and masquerade attire are encouraged. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Doors open at 8:00pm.

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Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Party

Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Head to Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Printer’s Alley on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, for delicious Cajun and Creole food made from scratch and live music from Delicious Blues Stew and the Stacy Mitchhart Band. These guys have been throwing Mardi Gras parties for over 20 years in Nashville! 

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Walden’s Fat Tuesday Party

Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Walden Bar in East Nashville is hosting a Fat Tuesday party on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 4:00pm to close. There will be free tarot readings with purchase from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, King Cake, specialty Mardi Gras cocktails, Hurricane Jell-O shots, and festive decor.

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Bluebird Cafe Fat Tuesday Celebration

Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Les Kerr & The Bayou Band have been performing at the Bluebird Café on Fat Tuesday for over two decades. Join in on the fun on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, starting at 9:00pm. There will be amazing music, beads, and great food.

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Party Gras

Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Executive chef and New Orleans native Bart Pickens at Party Fowl is creating a special “Party Gras” menu for Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019, featuring items like traditional gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, and King Cake. The specials will be available at all three of Party Fowl’s locations.

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Cajun / Creole Restaurants in Nashville

Grab a few friends and chow down on some gumbo and po’ boys to get you in the Mardi Gras mood. Here are a few of the top cajun spots in Music City.


Tenn Sixteen

Tenn Sixteen has “southern cuisine with a Cajun accent.” This popular spot in East Nashville has po’ boys, gumbo, and other cajun favorites, plus flavorful NOLA decor.

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Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

Even though Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar is known to be more of a late-night spot, they still have some awesome food. The live music is top-notch and the atmosphere is festive. If you’re looking for a more entertaining Mardi Gras, head to Printer’s Alley in Downtown Nashville and hit up Bourbon Street Blues.

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J Gumbo’s


J Gumbo’s is a “real down-home New Orleans cookin” restaurant chain located in Downtown Nashville’s Arcade. This casual Cajun joint is a perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras during your lunch break. Hours are 10:30am to 5:00pm.

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Did we leave off a Mardi Gras party or great cajun restaurant? Let us know in the comments!

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