Mardi Gras is probably the top reason people visit New Orleans. The festivities are well known for debaucherous behavior, over consumption of alcohol and overall partying like a rock star. Obviously not everyone can hop on a plane and travel to the Big Easy, so Sacramento has put together a few events for those who can’t travel to New Orleans. These events will no doubt be a little more tame than what you would actually find at Mardi Gras, but that doesn’t mean Sacramento locals don’t know how to party hard. The following events are all very different but all still very much capture the spirit and tradition of Mardi Gras.

The 6th Annual Naughty Gras
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Sacramento Convention Center
8pm – 1am
18+ (Must have valid ID)

The event’s guest host/performer is Baby Bash. Kid Ink will also perform.
Features:

  • New Orleans Jazz and Zydeco music from St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band
  • The Voo Doo Lounge featuring Sacramento’s sexiest Go Go dancers.
  • KSFM Mixers
  • Fire Performers, Stilt Walkers, Shadow Box Dancing
  • Thousands of free beads
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Photo booth

Admission is $32. VIP admission is $75 and entitles you to a VIP entrance into the event, access to the private VIP club and sexy dancers, two free drinks, private bars and seating.

More information

2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Second Line Event
Various Locations- Starting at Mulvaney’s
Mulvaney’s B&L
1215 19th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

www.facebook/events/mardigraseventsDate: Feb. 17, 2015
This all ages gathering (21+ at The Torch Club) begins at 4:30 p.m. on February 17 at Mulvaney’s building and loan. Enjoy some fodder and libations before following Element Brass Band through the streets of Midtown to the next stop at The Porch restaurant and bar. Spend some time partying at The Porch, and then march off to Easy on I for some more fun and dancing. A perfect place to end the night is The Torch Club. It will be featuring Sacramento’s own Earls of Newton, a “swingin’ dixie” band with a real New Orleans feel.Related: Best Cocktail Happy Hours In Sacramento

Revolution Wines
2831 S. St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 444-7711

www.revolution-wines.comDate: Feb. 17, 2015
Chef Luis at Revolution Wines actually started his career in New Orleans at Restaurant August. On Fat Tuesday (Feb. 17), Revolution Wines is putting on a gumbo dinner for Mardi Gras from 5 to 9 p.m. You can’t get more authentic than a chef who is actually from Louisiana! Reservations are recommended for this intimate wine bar dinner. Revolution calls its wines “vineyard-to-table” just like the popular farm-to-table movement. It works with local fruits and makes and sells its wines locally. Revolution also has a great patio and wonderful food. It regularly does wine pairings and tastings, so check the online calendar often.

District 30
1022 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 737-5770

www.district30sacramento.comDate: Feb. 13-15, 2015
District 30 looks like a nightclub you’d find in L.A. with its marble bars and leather-lined booths. It boasts of the best and loudest sound system in Sacramento, which definitely makes for one of the best places for dancing as well. It also has something not many people have in Sacramento — late hours, it’s open till 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For Mardi Gras, District 30 is going to put on a party that lasts all weekend, the 13-15. It’s spending $10,000 on props and decorations to transform District 30 into Bourbon Street, complete with real hurricanes and plenty of beads. The go-go dancers will dress the part with masks and beads and Mardi Gras-themed outfits. Related: Best Country Bars In Sacramento

As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.