The Inaugural Blue Runner Foods World Red Beans and Rice Eating Championship
The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA
February 8 | fairgroundsracecourse.com
In the first competition of its kind, the world's best professional eaters will be competing to see who can wolf down the greatest quantity of the Creole favorite red beans and rice, in eight minutes of furiously fast eating. The competition, which is an official Major League Eating event, will set a new world record, and over $3,000 dollars will be awarded to the winners. Don't miss the opportunity to see this historic standoff. Admission is free, and all attendees are treated to free red beans and rice!.
Family Gras in
Clearview Center: 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie
February 14-16 | visitjeffersonparish.com/events/festivals/family-gras
Experience Mardi Gras family-style at Family Gras. Guests will be offered an array of activities, from Mardi Gras parades and authentic cuisine to an art market and outdoor concerts featuring both local and national artists-all for free! Though the 2020 lineup has not yet been announced, past artists include Taylor Swift, Cyndi Lauper, and Billy Ray Cyrus. The concerts are free, but for something extra, VIP tickets are available for purchase. Additionally, families are invited to participate in a Mardi Gras 5K and Kids' Half Mile, which will be held on Saturday, February 15.
Sandestin Gumbo Festival
The Village of Baytowne Wharf: 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd., Miramar, FL
February 14, 15 | sandestingumbofestival.com
The 31st annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival is one of Florida's largest and most popular events during the winter months. On Friday, February 14, guests are invited to a kick-off seafood boil party. The following day, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., there will be live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and a number of kid-friendly activities. But the main event is a gumbo cook-off and Best Bloody Mary at The Beach competition. There will be a variety of gumbo to sample and subsequently vote on, as well as a number of featured Gulf Coast restaurants to try.
Algiers Auditorium: 2485 Guadalcanal St.
February 15 | eventbrite.com/e/masquerade-ball-2020-tickets-78391859161
Come one, come all! Dance the night away at this year's Masquerade Ball, held in Algiers Auditorium on February 15th at 8:00 pm. Guests will enjoy Hors d'oeuvres, a full dinner buffet, and premium open bar, while experiencing a captivating live performance by Gina Brown and Anutha Level along with DJ Raj Smoove. Formal attire is required and guests are strongly encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are available for purchase here.
310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
February 23 | eventbrite.com/e/bacchus-bash-2020-tickets-90395883521
Parade-goers will indulge in New Orleans staples, enjoy over 15 bars, and delight in live music performances by some of the city's best local artists at the biggest Mardi Gras block party of the year: Bacchus Bash. Hosted by The Metropolitan, Bacchus Bash will be held at Generations Hall, Sunday February 23rd at 12:00 pm. The indoor/outdoor event is free and open to the public, with VIP tickets available for purchase here. Every year, the day-long celebration precedes the extravagant Krewe of
Lundi Gras Festival
1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
February 24 | lundigrasfestival.com
Hosted by the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Lundi Gras Festival is a festive day with food, music, arts and crafts, and chances to meet some of the Zulu characters. The 27th Annual Lundi Gras Festival will be held in the French Quarter, along the riverfront. The festival will feature headliners such as Rockin Doopsie, Big Al Carson, JazzMen Brass Band, and the Bayou Players, in addition to a number of other local entertainers. There will be over 20 food vendors, all cooking up Cajun classics like crawfish and jambalaya. This event is free and open to the public.
Pensacon - Pensacola
Pensacola Bay Center
February 28 - March 1
From February 28 through March 1, comic fans are invited to meet their favorite animators, voice actors, authors, writers, and musicians at Pensacon-Pensacola's premiere comic book and pop-culture convention. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as celebrity meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and photo opportunities. Prices will vary, depending on the celebrity, and some may only accept cash. There will be a plethora of food options, and local restaurants will have fandom-themed menus and specials throughout the weekend.