Consider this your go-to resource for all things Mardi Gras in Nashville! This year, Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” falls on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 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
Mardi Gras at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
Mardi Gras at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is Wednesday, February 23, 2022, through Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The week-long celebration will include food specials, drinks, music, a Fat Tuesday crawfish boil, and more! Celebrations will begin at 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Admission is free.
Music City Mardi Gras Bar Crawl
The Music City Mardi Gras Bar Crawl is Friday through Sunday, February 25-27, 2022. Each day will begin at Nashville Underground and continue on to participating bars including Whiskey Bent Saloon, Losers Bar & Grill, Tailgate Brewery (Music Row), Tin Roof (Downtown), and Lucky Bastard Saloon. The bar crawl is from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. General admission tickets are $25 for the weekend and include beads, covers at participating bars, discounted food, and drink specials. This event is 21 or over only.
Mardi Gras at Assembly Food Hall
Mardi Gras at Assembly Food Hall is Saturday, February 26, 2022, at noon. This event will feature live jazz music on the Skydeck performed by Righteous Few Brass Band and Roland Barber & Friends, a costume contest at 4:30pm, a tarot card reader, a DJ, and New Orleans-themed food and drinks. General admission is free.
Mardi Gras Bar Crawl
The Mardi Gras Bar Crawl is Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 1:00pm to 10:00pm at multiple bars throughout Nashville. General admission tickets are $15 and include beads, covers at participating bars, discounted food, and drinks specials. Registration will be from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Assembly Food Hall.
L.A. Jackson Mardi Gras
L.A. Jackson Mardi Gras is Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 5:00pm to 1:00am. Guests can expect New Orleans-themed cocktails and food, beads, a photo booth, DJ Chase Akers, and L.A. Jackson’s very own authentic Second Line experience featuring the Half Brass Band! The Half Brass Band will be playing from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. This event is free admission.
Mardi Gras Party with Big Machine
The Mardi Gras Party with Big Machine is Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 11:00am to 2:00am at Big Machine Brewery & Distillery. This event will feature New Orleans-themed food and specialty drinks including the Big Machine Southern Spiced Rum and Big Machine Vodka Tropical slushies. Admission is free.
Fat Tuesday Celebration at Assembly Food Hall
The Fat Tuesday Celebration at Assembly Food Hall is Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 8:00pm. Guests can expect New Orleans-themed music from local band, Brassville, creative cocktails, and food specials such as Po Boy, King Cake, and Mardi Donuts. This event is free admission.
Fat Tuesday Celebration at The Gumbo Bros
The Fat Tuesday Celebration at The Gumbo Bros is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. This event will begin at 11:00am and continue until late. Guests can expect cocktail and food specials, a local DJ, beads, and geaux cups. Additional Mardi Gras specials will be announced leading up to Fat Tuesday. Stay informed via their Instagram. If you choose to celebrate at home customers can order gumbo and king cakes for pick-up.
Roland Barber presents: The Righteous Few Brass Band at Rudy’s Jazz Room
The Righteous Few Brass Band presented by Roland Barber will perform at Rudy’s Jazz Room on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 9:00pm to 11:15pm. The band led by Roland Barber will give an unforgettable Fat Tuesday tribute to New Orleans. Roland’s musical influences include the sounds of Duke, Pops, Herbie, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joe Williams, and Bill Withers. Tickets are $15-$90. This show is 21 or over only.
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.
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.
The Gumbo Bros
The Gumbo Bros in the Gulch offer a variety of cajun and creole dishes, including three styles of gumbo (homemade Cajun chicken & sausage gumbo, Nanny’s seafood gumbo, gumbo z’herbes, all cooked for 14 hours), Louisiana alligator nuggets, Cajun waffle fries, and po’ boy sandwiches made with fresh French bread from Leidenheimer Bakery in New Orleans. The beverage menu pays tribute to The Gumbo Bros’ New Orleans heritage, featuring Hurricanes and Tabasco margaritas. See the full menu.
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.
Did we leave off a Mardi Gras party or great cajun restaurant? Let us know in the comments!