As Iowans, Mardi Gras is probably not on the radar . . . but who doesn’t love another excuse to celebrate? Fat Tuesday, as it’s also known, is February 25, 2020, and there are a handful of Mardi Gras events happening in Iowa City.
Get ready to let the good times roll locally — including with an event for kids!
Mardi Gras Events in Iowa City
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Mardi Gras Masquerade at Vue Rooftop
When: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Includes live music, a costume contest, and king cake.
Monday, February 24, 2020
Mardi Gras at Sidekick (*Kid-friendly option!)
When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Featuring a Mardi Gras story time and make-your-own mask activity.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Graduate Iowa City’s Party Gras
When: 7 to 10 p.m.
With New Orleans-inspired food and drink specials, and live jazz.
Dandelion Stompers Mardi Gras at The Mill
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
A concert of New Orleans jazz, with a special menu offering of red beans and rice.
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at Studio 13
When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Featuring free beads and masks, as well as Nola-themed drink specials.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home!
You can opt instead to throw a kid-friendly celebration at home. There’s still time to pick up a king cake from Bread Garden Market and amazon prime some beads. For a short-cut king cake recipe, music suggestions and, more, read: “How to Throw a (G-Rated) Mardi Gras party.”