6. Mardi Gras at the Fish House Miami
Are you ready for some crawfish?
The Fish House Miami might know a thing or two about celebrating Mardi Gras in Miami: This place has been doing it for 15 years. A crawfish boil, jambalaya, and king cake are on the menu inside, and grilled oysters Cajun-style will be served outside. Big Easy IPA from Louisiana's Abita brewery will also be on draft for the occasion. Three stages will feature six bands playing blues, jazz, and zydeco; singer Rachelle Coba and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan are on the roster of musicians. Strike your best Mardi Gras pose with belle of the ball Jenna Beth of Cupcake Burlesque, who will hand out beads aplenty. There’s no cover to enjoy the music Tuesday, February 28, from 5 p.m. to midnight.
7. Mardi Gras at Vagabond Kitchen & Bar
Vagabond Kitchen & Bar brings a taste of Mardi Gras to Miami Tuesday, February 28. Start with seafood gumbo, and choose between blackened snapper or creole jambalaya for the second course. Dessert includes bread pudding and traditional king cake. Listen to French Caravan — Miami’s own gypsy swing band — while dining. Seating begins at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight. Tickets cost $45 per person. RSVP at [email protected]
8. Concrete Beach Premieres Miami Gras
Courtesy of Concrete Beach Brewery
Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewery will celebrate Miami’s international diversity by blocking off NW 24th Street Saturday, March 4, from noon to 6 p.m. and pouring Miami Gras, a limited-edition French-style saison that’s inspired by the cocktail traditions of New Orleans. Dance in the street to Bad Apples Brass Band, and watch samba dancers shake things up. Food includes Crazy Poke's fish salads finished with beer-laced sauces, Cajun food from Grumpy Greg’s, and guava king cake from La Boulangerie. Come in costume for a chance to win a VIP party at the brewery’s Social Hall and drink for a good cause: Concrete Beach will donate $1 for every Miami Gras sold to the Rhythm Foundation up to $1,000. RSVP on Facebook
. Visit concretebeachbrewery.com
9. Carnaval on the Mile
The 19th-annual Carnaval on the Mile will take place after Ash Wednesday, but don’t give up good music for Lent. The free, family-friendly art and music street festival will happen Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is part of a two-month series of events that benefit the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, which has been serving underprivileged children in South Florida for 40 years. Enjoy dozens of jazz and funk musical acts, a cocktail pavilion, and tasty food from local restaurants; plus, meet artists showcasing their work. For $50, check out Cork & Fork, a series of chef demonstrations, culinary tastings, exclusive book signings, and other foodie fun. Visit carnavalmiami.com
10. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic's Mardi Gras Madness Tour
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will take their the Mardi Gras Madness Tour to the Fillmore Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Theater next Sunday, March 5, at 8 p.m. Clinton revolutionized R&B during the '70s and made funk a legitimate genre deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the blues of the Deep South. Arrive early at 6 p.m. for Miami blues band Juke, performing in Tito’s Stardust Club. Also, before the show, enjoy hurricane cocktails, Abita beer, and a crawfish boil in a festive atmosphere full of beads, masks, and balloons. The Bobby Lee Rodgers trio will open the show for the King of Funk. Tickets cost $30.50 in advance and $33 the day of the show. Visit fillmoremb.com