There’s something about Mardi Gras that makes everyone eager to pretend to be a New Orleanian for a day and pronounce everything with a Cajun drawl. There are a few spots in the Tysons area that is offering a spot to “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) —with king cake, masquerade, jazz music, and lots and lots of beads!
Laissez les bon temps rouler at Iris Lounge right here in Tysons! Bring your masks and beads. Be ready to dance the night away! Iris is hosting two themed events! On Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 9, enjoy live music by A-Banda Show and DJ Heavy (Eddie Whitman) with Salsa Classes by Maria Krupholter at 8:00pm. Cover Charge: $10.00 with complimentary Valet Parking. For the weekend revelers, the Mardi Gras Party kicks off Saturday, February 9 at 9 pm and will feature a live SAMBA performance at 11:30 pm, dancing, and beads galore!
Cover Charge: $10.00 with Complementary Valet Parking.
1524 Spring Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22102, 703-760-9000
Paladar Latin Kitchen
Paladar Latin Kitchen is hosting their annual Carnaval celebration and they’re putting their own spin on Brazil’s Carnaval kicking off all week and ending with a major Fat Tuesday party on February 9. Enjoy promotions with food and drink specials including a $5 street food menu, half-off select mojitos and margarita and more. It’s one big party! Carnaval is the Brazilian festive season that is celebrated immediately before lent and typically involves street parties, combining masks, costumes, music, and dancing. The Fat Tuesday celebration will feature live entertainment, dancing, and beads galore.
1934 Old Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA 22182, (703) 854-1728
Native of Louisiana, Chef-owner David Guas’ will offer specially priced NOLA-inspired dishes and drinks Tuesday, February 9 from 6–8 PM to coincide with the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, 703-243-2410
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the 17th Annual Mardi Gras Parade on Wilson Boulevard and the First Ever Mardi Gras Ball at Clarendon Ballroom! Proceeds from the Ball benefit Clarendon Alliance and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Arlington, VA). Dress up & come ready to dance to Yamomanem Jazz and The 8 Ohms Band!
Want to celebrate at home, but need some sweet treats like king cake, cupcakes or a cake? Check out these amazing creations!
403 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180, (703) 281-5631