No worries if you can’t make it to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. There are a slew of Fat Tuesday celebrations happening in Boston and beyond over the next week. From masquerade balls to pub crawls to Cajun-inspired menus and more, here’s a roundup of Boston-area spots hosting special Mardi Gras events and parties.
Mardi Gras party at Lir
Head to Lir on Friday, Feb. 28, and celebrate in style with beads, masks, and the traditional “King Cake,’’ shipped right from New Orleans. Dress in your best purple, green, and gold attire, and enjoy Mardi Gras hurricanes and food specials, including po’ boys and shrimp beignets for purchase. This event is cash bar only.
Friday, Feb. 28. 7 p.m. $20. Lir Irish Pub and Restaurant, 903 Boylston St., Boston. www.eventbee.com
Mardi Gras celebration at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
The Friends of Copley Square is hosting its fourth annual Mardi Gras celebration on Friday, Feb. 28. Attendees will enjoy a New Orleans dinner buffet, live music from the Bo Winiker Band and the Slippery Sneakers Zydeco Band, dancing, and prizes.
Friday, Feb. 28. 7:30 p.m. $175. Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 Saint James Ave., Boston. friendsofcopleysquare.org
Bourbon Street Blowout: Mardi Gras Pub Crawl in Faneuil Hall
This Mardi Gras-inspired pub crawl on Saturday, March 1, features a cash bar with specialty drinks and “Most Beads’’ and “Best Costume’’ contests. Bring your own beads, and get ready to earn your own. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Bell in Hand Tavern.
Saturday, March 1. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Crawl starts at 2 p.m. $20 (Ticket special: 2 for $20 until Feb. 28). The Bell In Hand. 45 Union St., Boston. www.wantickets.com
Mardi Crawl with Crawl in Boston
Head to the Faneuil Hall area on Saturday, March 1, for a fun pub crawl featuring drink specials, masks, and lots of beads. Your ticket price will get you $3 or less drink specials at participating bars, beads, a feather mask, a stovepipe hat, and a koozie. You must arrive to register by 3 p.m. (the pub crawl starts at noon).
Saturday, March 1. Noon. $16-$20. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, One Faneuil Hall Square, Boston. www.eventbrite.com
Mardi Gras Mask-erade Ball at Harborside Inn & Lounge
The Peace Collaborative presents its Mardi Gras Mask-erade Ball on Saturday, March 1, at the Harborside Inn, with proceeds benefitting the Got Peace Basketball Tournament & The Peace Collaborative Youth Activities Fund. A VIP reception and Mardi Gras Ball will include VIP seating, a Mardi Gras parade, live performances by Yma Arrington and Barry Lawton of the Frank Wilkins Band, refreshments, and complimentary Mardi Gras masks and beads. A special Mardi Gras Ball will feature the best Mardi Gras mask and costume contest and music by DJ Nestle Quick of S.W.A. and DJ C. Scott of U.B.K. and Big City FM. This event has a cash bar. Be sure to wear a Mardi Gras Ball costume or cocktail party attire.
Saturday, March 1. 8 p.m. $25-$75. Harborside Inn & Lounge, 185 State St., Boston. www.eventbrite.com
Wolf’s 21st annual Mardi Gras Ball at TT the Bear’s
Head to TT the Bear’s on Saturday, March 1, for Wolf’s annual Mardi Gras Ball, featuring Shaun Wolf Wortis & the Legendary Vudu Krewe, along with Hayley Jane, Will Dailey, Amber Casares, Abbie Barrett, and the Boston Babydolls. All proceeds benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
Saturday, March 1. 8:30 p.m. $12. T.T. the Bear’s, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. mardigrasballs.com
Mardi Gras Masquerade at the North Star
This Mardi Gras Masquerade at the North Star on Saturday, March 1, features a complimentary buffet, hurricanes, Mardi Gras costumes, and lots of beads. Don your finest purple, gold, and green attire – there will be a contest for the best dressed. Your ticket includes complimentary beads and mask and a full buffet.
Saturday, March 1. 9 p.m. $25 (presale), $30 (at door). The North Star, 222 Friend St., Boston. www.eventbrite.com
Mardi Gras Party at The Lansdowne Pub
Visit the Landsdowne Pub on Sunday, March 2, for a day full of live music, Cajun food (including fried gator with creole remoulade, grilled chicken served over jambalaya, and a cajun chicken sandwich on cornbread with cheese and chipotle mayo) available for purchase, and beads and Mardi Gras favors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table.
Sunday, March 2. 2 p.m. Free. The Lansdowne Pub, 9 Landsdowne St., Boston. www.lansdownepubboston.com
Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s Mardi Gras celebration
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is holding its first-ever Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 4. The event will be hosted by Mix 104.1 FM and participating local restaurants, including Cheers, Wagamama, Dick’s Last Resort, and Ned Devine’s. Festivities include float decorating and a Mardi Gras Grand Procession led by Boston’s New Orleans-inspired brass band, the Hot Tamales. Mix 104.1 FM will also hold an Instagram contest during the celebration that will give attendees the chance to win prizes by visiting participating restaurants. You can follow the fun on Twitter using #FHMardiGras and @FaneuilHall.
Tuesday, March 4. 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace – West End, 4 South Market St., Boston. www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
7th annual Mardi Gras Celebration at the Beehive
The South End’s Beehive will host a New Orleans-inspired party on Tuesday, March 4, including dancing and live jazz from the BT New Orleans 2nd Line Brass Band. Chef Marc Orfaly will create Cajun-inspired à la carte specials, featuring dishes like Louisiana shrimp and grits, pan-fried catfish, and Cajun seafood jambalaya. The Beehive’s two bars will also serve Hurricane cocktails and complimentary Mardi Gras beads will be available. Reservations are recommended.
Tuesday, March 4. 5 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (live music and dancing). Free. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. www.beehiveboston.com
Brazilian beats and flavor at the Beat Hôtel
The Beat Hôtel puts its own twist on Fat Tuesday with some Carnival de Brazil flair on Tuesday, March 4. The Cambridge brasserie will host a Brazilian band led by Brazilian native and percussionist Marcus Santos. Executive chef Rebecca Newell will also feature an authentic Brazilian menu featuring dishes that include pork empanadas, Moqueca Capixaba (Brazilian fish stew), and gaucho steak with chimichurri sauce and yucca frites, as well as special Brazilian cocktails. There is no cover charge, and there will be a cash bar. Reservations are recommended.
Tuesday, March 4. 4 p.m. No cover. Cash bar. Brazilian food for purchase. Beat Hôtel, 13 Brattle St, Cambridge. 617-499-0001. www.beathotel.com
New Orleans-inspired bites and sips at Estelle’s
Executive chef Eric Gburski has created an exclusive Mardi Gras two-course prix fixe menu for Tuesday, March 4, which will include traditional andouille sausage and smoked chicken gumbo, and your choice of one of two entrees (braised duck and andouille sausage etouffee or Estelle’s Creole seafood jambalaya). The bar will also serve up a special South End Hurricane.
Tuesday, March 4. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $30.95 (two-course prix fixe); $9.95 (South End Hurricane). Estelle’s, 782 Tremont St., Boston. www.estellesboston.com
Mardi Gras menu at Tryst Restaurant
In addition to Tryst’s regular menu, chef Paul Turano will prepare an authentic three-course prix fixe Mardi Gras menu on Tuesday, March 4, featuring dishes like barbecued oysters with creole butter, chicken and sausage gumbo with spicy fried shrimp and jasmine rice, and “Commander’s Palace-style’’ bread pudding with butter pecan ice cream and rum sauce. Diners will also be able to partake in traditional Mardi Gras cocktails, including Hurricanes. Reservations are recommended.
Tuesday, March 4. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $35 for three-course prix fixe menu (tax and gratuity not included). Tryst Restaurant, 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. www.trystrestaurant.com
Mardi Gras Party at Castlebar Pub
Unbound Visual Arts hosts its second annual Mardi Gras Party at Castlebar Pub on Tuesday, March 4, which will include live music from Confederacy of Dumpsters, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a slideshow of Unbound Visual Arts members’ artwork, and a raffle. Costumes, beads, and masks are encouraged. Basic masks and decorating materials will be provided for those who want to design their own.
Tuesday, March 4. 7 p.m. $5. Castlebar Pub, 575 Washington St., Boston. www.eventbrite.com
Munch on Pauli’s muffuletta sandwich
Pauli’s in the North End will introduce its take on the muffuletta sandwich ($7.49) in honor of Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 4, and offer it throughout the rest of the month. This sandwich is filled with ham, mortadella, salami, provolone, chopped red onion, and topped with Pauli’s house-made olive salad.
Beginning Tuesday, March 4. $7.49 (available for dine-in or delivery during the month of March). Pauli’s North End, 65 Salem St., Boston. paulisnorthend.com
Mardi Gras party at the Hawthorne
Head to the Hawthorne to celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 4, where you’ll enjoy crawfish, muffaletta, and traditional Po’ Boys, along with Sazerac, Vieux Carre, and an “Escalating Ramos Gin Fizz.’’ Live New Orleans jazz will be provided by Mickey Bones and the Hot Tamale Brass Band. According to event organizers, “horns, beads, and light debauchery will be in abundance, too.’’
Tuesday, March 4. 7 p.m. $75 (includes New Orleans-approved snacks and two cocktails; other cocktails and bites available for purchase). The Hawthorne, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
Mardi Gras specials at Cask ‘n Flagon
The Cask ‘n Flagon is offering a special Mardi Gras-inspired cocktail, the Boston Hurricane ($8), on Tuesday, March 4. The drink is made with Captain Morgan white rum, Sailor Jerry, Malibu, and fresh juices. They’ll also serve chicken gumbo, a stew filled with chicken, rice, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and okra chicken jambalaya, spicy shrimp, and sausage served over cheese grits ($15.99).
Tuesday, March 4. Cask ‘n Flagon, 62 Brookline Ave., Boston. www.casknflagon.com
The Teaseday Club (Mardi Gras edition) at Davis Square Theatre
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the Teaseday Club, a “rollicking showcase chock full of the best burlesque, variety, and outlandish foolishness,’’ for a special Mardi Gras event on Tuesday, March 4. The night’s line-up will include performances by burlesque dancers Brigitte Bisoux, Lucie Lux, and Vikki Likkerish, and music from Emily Hecht, and more.
Tuesday, March 4. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. www.teaseday.com
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Mardi Gras show at Regattabar
Improvisational second line and street beat brass band Revolutionary Snake Ensemble returns to Cambridge’s Regattabar on Tuesday, March 4 to celebrate the release of their album “Live Snakes.’’ Charles Neville, of the world-famous Neville Brothers, will join the ensemble as a special guest soloist.
Tuesday, March 4. 7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett St., Cambridge