Just because we don’t live in New Orleans doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Mardi Gras. Believe it or not there are many places around and near Indianapolis to enjoy this party.

If you’re not familiar with this event, Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Indianapolis Family Friendly Mardi Gras Celebrations

  • The Jazz Kitchen hosts their annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring Pork n Beans Brass Band on February 28th. Enjoy Crab Cakes, Jambalaya, Shrimp Etoufée & other New Orleans fare. The doors open at 5 pm & the band starts at 7 pm. To find out more information on how to get tickets click here.
  • Do you like Gumbo? The Indianapolis City Market is gathering some of the area’s best chefs for a family-friendly Gumbo Cook Off. Ten local chefs will enter their best gumbo recipe for the tasting Market Gras, February 13 at 5 p.m.. Children 5 & younger are free, ages 6-17 are $10 and adults are $15.
  • Zydeco’s Restaurant in Mooresville offers true Cajun fare. The establishment has been featured on Food Network & CNN for its South Louisiana food. Their menu features frog legs, jambalaya, crawfish etouffée & gumbo. Zydeco’s executive chef, Carter Hutchinson, is a New Orleans native, meaning he knows what good Cajun cooking should taste like.

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  • Speedway is hosting their Mardi Gras on Main on Saturday February 9th at 8pm. The Main Street Restaurants & Bars will offer Mardi Gras themed drinks & food. There will be street entertainment and prizes for best costumes.

Authentic Food for the Whole Family

Arguably Cajun/Creole, YATS is a local favorite. Looks for menu items that don’t boast a lot of spices.

We’re HUGE fans of Another Broken Egg Cafe in Fishers, cajun creole inspired dishes for every age.