Four Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Denver

Denver Mardi Gras
Jim Wills
Denver Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is this week, and the city will be partying on Tuesday. Enjoy some jazz and zydeco, taste some New Orleans-style food, and drink until you're ready to fast. If you've misplaced your beads from last year, you're sure to find more at any of these shows.

Billy Wallace & Jean-Marie: Music Reminiscent of the French Quarter
Tuesday, February 28
930 Lincoln Street

This duo will be playing vintage jazz and swing to start off your Fat Tuesday early at 5:30 p.m. The show is free, with $10 New Orleans-style food options. Jazz will continue into the night with Dave Rajewski & the Welton Street Players, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10. The free Jazz Jam, hosted by Todd Reid, rolls out at 9 p.m..

Gumbo Le Funque

Tuesday, February 28
Boulder House
1109 Walnut Street

Denver funk band Gumbo Le Funque will take the stage at Boulder House for one of Boulder’s largest Mardi Gras celebrations. Drink and food specials are available. The event starts at 9 p.m.

Kathryn Radakovich Quartet plays Nina Simone
Tuesday, February 28
1330 27th Street

Jazz is the heart of New Orleans, and the Kathryn Radakovich Quartet will play the music of Nina Simone at one of Denver’s best jazz clubs. Tickets are $5, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 Fanfare Brass Band
Tuesday, February 28
Odyssey Beerwerks
5535 West 56th Avenue, # 107, Arvada

You can have plenty of Hurricanes for Mardi Gras, but local craft beer is never far in Denver. Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band will play Odyssey Beerwerks for their Fat Tuesday celebration. For $30, you’ll have a ticket to the show, one beer and a plate of NOLA-style food.