The Mardi Gras season in Los Angeles will feature parties, celebrations, live music, and food. The Mardi Gras season is a time of celebration before Lent, which is most famously celebrated in New Orleans. The Brazilian Carnavale and the German Fasching are similar celebrations that include feasting parades, live music, and more. Check out some of the concerts and Mardi Gras celebrations in Los Angeles in 2018.
AEG Presents Charlie Wilson & Keith Sweat
Feb. 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015
R&B artist Charlie Wilson is an 11-time Grammy nominee whose latest album, In It To Win It, was released in 2017. His first single off the album, I’m Blessed, topped the Urban Adult Contemporary and Hot Gospel Songs charts. Keith Sweat is an R&B artist known for his 1987 album Make It Last Forever. Enjoy some great R&B music during the Mardi Gras season in LA. Tickets are available on AXS.
29th Annual Farmers Market Mardi Gras Celebration
Feb. 10-11, & 13
Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA
The L.A. Farmers Market will host their annual Mardi Gras celebration on Feb.10-11 and on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. There will be a pet parade on Feb. 10, so get your pet’s costume ready and join in the fun. The musical lineup will include The Zydeco Mudbugs, Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros., Bonnie Musique Zydeco, California Feetwarmers, and Lisa Haley & the Zydekats. Admission to this fun-filled event will be free.
Costume Party at the Phoenix Club
Feb. 10 @ 7 p.m.
The Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, CA
The Phoenix Club of Anaheim will present a German-style Carnavale or Fasching. The festive event feature German food, dancing, and a show with party music by DJ Kirsten. General admission will be $5
Canadian artist Bruce Cockburn released his latest album Bone On Bone in 2017, The singer/songwriter, who Fire Note called “the most successful living singer-songwriter that most Americans have never heard of,” has 33 albums and several music awards to his name. His catalog includes folk, jazz, blues, rock, and new wave music. Tickets are available at AXS.
El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wiltshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Versatile Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler will perform at El Rey Theatre as part of his U.S. tour. Drexler released his album Salvavidas de Hielo in 2017 and is touring to support the album. Tickets are available on AXS.
Long Beach Mardi Gras
Feb. 17 @ 12 p.m.
The Shoreline Village, 401-435 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802
There will be a party atmosphere at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach for their annual Mardi Gras celebration. The free community event will include live music, art, festivities, and a Mardi Gras Parade.
Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park
Feb. 17 @ 12 p.m.
Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007
Santa Anita Park will present an old-fashioned Mardi Gras celebration, including live music and Cajun food, as well as Thoroughbred racing. The Mardi Gras Package will be $21 if purchased by Feb. 2, or $33 after Feb. 2.
18th Annual Brazilian Carnaval in LA
Feb. 24 @ 2 p.m.
Café Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
The largest and most extravagant Brazilian Carnaval on the West Coast will feature Rio samba star Neguinho da Beija-Flor. Neguinho will be accompanied by lively musicians of Grupo Resenha and LA Samba Dancers. Tickets for the Brazilian Carnaval by Brazilian Nites Productions will be $15-$45.