Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Tucson with Beads, Bites & Booze

By Matt Sterner
February 26, 2019

Plenty of bites, drinks & partyin' to be had.

You've got a few options if you're planning on letting the good times roll this year.

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, includes the practice of the last night of eating rich foods before fasting for Lent.

While Tucson may not be as wild as Bourbon Street in 2019, there are a handful of fun events to attend throughout the city.

1912 Brewing Company

2045 N. Forbes Blvd. Suite 105
(Credit: coughing7colors.com)
(Credit: coughing7colors.com)

1912 Brewing Company is ready to party this Mardi Gras. The local brewery has you covered if you're craving some meat, seafood, and beer.

Daniela’s Cooking will be making a huge bowl of gumbo for all to enjoy, and 1912 Brewing will be providing the beer.

For more information, visit 1912 Brewing Company's Facebook event page

Dillinger Brewing Company

3895 N. Oracle Rd.
Dillinger Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Brother John's June 14 (MENU)
(Credit: Dillinger Brewing Company on Facebook)

This event is actually the Friday before Fat Tuesday on March 1.

Beginning at 5 p.m., Dillinger Brewing Company will be releasing a new Hurricane Gose, playing big band jazz, and giving away beads with every Gose ordered. Right around 8 p.m., everyone gets a slice of King Cake, and if you get the prize you'll receive a pint for a penny.

Los Mejores Food Truck will be parked outside to deliver the treats.

For more information, visit Dillinger Brewing Company's Facebook Event Page. 

Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.
Hotel Congress Tucson's Craft Beer Weekend
(Credit: Hotel Congress)

From 4 - 10 p.m., spend some time at the Hotel Congress Plaza for their Mardi Gras celebration. You'll find delicious food, drink specials, tarot card readings, face painting, Capoeira dancers, and bites from a gigantic King Cake.

It's free to get in before 6 p.m. and a $3 cover charge after that.

The evening's drink specials include a Happy Hour from 4 - 6 p.m. with $1 off drink specials, Abita Beer for $5 each, Hurricanes for $6, and $7 Sazeracs.

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com


2564 E. Grant Rd.
Warm Cabbage Salad at Kingfisher (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Warm Cabbage Salad at Kingfisher (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The good times are rollin’ again at Kingfisher during their classic New Orleans-style feast from 5 p.m. – midnight on Tuesday, March 5.

Kingfisher owners, Jeff Azersky and Jim Murphy, love bringing that perfect amount of New Orleans style to Tucson in their feast.

This year’s menu has a few a la carte offerings to choose from, like the classic Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, and Jambalaya. There are going to be traditional drinks, too, such as HurricanesSazeracs, and a selection of Louisiana brews like the Abita Turbodog.

Reservations are strongly suggested.

Call (520) 323-7739 to make reservations. For more information, visit kingfishertucson.com.

The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Rd.
The Parish Alligator Roast (Photo courtesy of The Parish)
The Parish Alligator Roast (Photo courtesy of The Parish)

Each year, the southern fusion gastropub brings the spirit, atmosphere, and revelry of the Big Easy to Tucson.

This year, The Parish is letting the good times roll with its annual Mardi Gras Festival from 2 p.m. - midnight on Tuesday, March 5.

You can expect classic Cajun food out of chef Travis Peters and his crew, like a Crawfish Boil with the traditional fixings, an Alligator Roast that's wrapped in bacon, an Abita Beer tap takeover, and live music with a massive amount of beads to go all around.

The cover charge is $10 per person, food and beverage not included. Reservations aren't needed to get down and party but it is going to be first come first served.

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