5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: February 20-25 (Mardi Gras edition)

Crawfish, king cake, and plenty of beads

Mardi Gras Midtown things to do on Mardi Gras Atlanta
Mardi Gras in Midtown at Tapa Tapa

Photograph by Myrydd Wells

Mardi Gras in Midtown
When: February 20-22 and February 25
Where: Tapa Tapa
Cost: Free entry
Details: Every December, Tapa Tapa transforms into a winter wonderland when it hosts the annual Miracle Christmas bar pop-up. Now, the Christmas lights and presents have been traded for beads and bras, and the bar is serving its own takes on the hurricane and sazerac, as well as other New Orleans-inspired cocktail recipes created by the team at Bon Ton. Order a pint of Abita on draft and pair it with Cajun favorites including boudin balls, alligator bites, shrimp po boys, and red beans and rice.

Mardi Gras Midtown things to do on Mardi Gras Atlanta
Mardi Gras in Midtown at Tapa Tapa

Photograph by Myrydd Wells

Mardi Gras on the Roof
When: February 22
Where: The Roof at Ponce City Market
Cost: $15 for Roof entry; $45-$65 for crawfish boil
Details: The rooftop amusement park transforms into a massive Mardi Gras party with beads, live music, and special cocktails. For an extra fee, you can feast on a crawfish boil that comes with unlimited cornbread, red beans and rice, and king cake.

Mardi Gras Live!
When: February 22
Where: Live! at the Battery Atlanta
Cost: $20-$40
Details: Up in Cobb County, Live! at the Battery is throwing plenty of beads and serving specialty cocktails. A VIP ticket includes access to a low country boil and both VIP and regular tickets include a free hurricane drink.

All You Can Eat Crawfish Boil at Best End
February 22, 4-8 p.m.
Best End Brewing Co.
The new West End brewery has been hosting Mardi Gras-themed pop-up all month long with po boys, jazz, and nightly specials, but on Saturday they’ll kick the fun up a notch with endless helpings of crawfish, sausage, corn, and potatoes.

The Atlanta Crawdaddy’s
When: February 25
Where: Blind Willies
Cost: $7 cover
Details: If you can’t be in NOLA on Tuesday, Blind Willie’s might be the next best thing. Jazz/Zydeco band The Atlanta Crawdaddy’s will take the stage for the bar’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration.

Looking for more Mardi Gras fun? Six Alpharetta restaurants are teaming up for a bar crawl. Bon Ton promises to be a destination on Tuesday with its Cajun menu. Atlanta Bar Tours is hosting a weekend crawl through Virginia-Highland. Downtown newcomer Dos Bocas will host live Zydeco music and a special crawfish boil on Tuesday in addition to their regular Cajun menu. SweetWater is hosting a Tuesday night crawfish boil. Colony Square will host an afternoon party on Tuesday with crepes, Hurricanes, and free swag. Venkman’s hosts the Wasted Potential Brass Band on Friday. Serpas will host a special Mardi Gras menu on Tuesday.