Here Are 7 Free Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Austin

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Looking to celebrate Mardi Gras with the family here in Austin? You’re in luck. We found seven free family friendly ways to celebrate Mardi Gras right here in the ATX. Well, one’s a bit down the road. But we think it’s worth it. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

8th Annual San Marcos Mardi Gras Parade (San Marcos)
Saturday, February 22 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | ABGB, 1305 West Oltorf Street
San Marcos’s own Mardi Gras parade since 2012, the 8th Annual San Marcos Mardi Gras Parade is the best family fun Mardi Gras celebration in Central Texas! Parade rolls at 12 p.m and begins at Dunbar Park and ends at 1250 Belvin Street. Parade map & sign-up information available here.



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ABGB’s Mardi Gras Dog Parade
Saturday, February 22 | from 2 to 6 p.m. | ABGB, 1305 West Oltorf Street
ABGB’s dog-friendly 5th Annual Mardi Gras party will feature a parade of costumed canines, related food specials (gumbo, king cake), and music. Donations will be raised for Pug Rescue Austin.

Mardi Gras at The Hive
Saturday, February 22 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | The Hive
, 10415 Old Manchaca Road
Get those beads and Mambo shoes ready! They’re hosting an amazingly fun Mardi Gras event at The Hive with live music, free burgers, crafts, and more.

Mardi Gras Celebration Ft/ Easy Tiger Chef Demo & King Cake
Sunday, February 23 | from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Boulevard at the Browning Hangar

On Sunday, February 23, Easy Tiger and Barton Springs Mill will be teaming up to celebrate the day, selling whole King Cakes (made with Pain au Lait dough, filled with a rich cinnamon sugar filling and sprinkled with festive sanding sugar) and Barton Springs Mill flour (to make your own cake at home). Plus, Easy Tiger will be giving away two free king cakes in a “Find the Tiger” SCAVENGER HUNT! Want to participate? Check in at the Mardi Gras tent and then visit different vendor booths to find the hidden Easy Tiger Mardi Gras beads. The first two people to find the beads win!

Mardi Gras at Dogtopia
Tuesday, February 25 | from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. | 1500 South A.W. Grimes Boulevard, Suite 150, Round Rock
It’s the paw-ty you don’t wanna miss! Pups will receive a special treat and get their photo taken.  RSVP to have your pup join the fun!

Fat Tuesday – Crawfish Boil Jamboree
Tuesday, February 25 | from 5 to 10 p.m. | Scholtz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard
Hot Crawfish by the pound until it runs out. Charles Thibodeaux & the Austin Cajun Aces playing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by DJ Island Time from 7 to 10 p.m.

Cypress Grill Fat Tuesday Party
Tuesday, February 25 | starting at 5:30 p.m. | Cypress Grill
, 4404 West William Cannon
Cypress Grill’s 18th annual Mardi Gras party will feature live music by Jean-Pierre & the Zydeco Angels, a face painter for the kids (and kids at heart), and, of course, beads, beads, and more beads! There will also be specials on Hurricanes and Abita beer for the big kids (21+).

Looking for a King Cake to enhance your celebration? Here’s our guide: Need A King Cake For Mardi Gras? Here Are Some of Austin’s Best

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Featured photo via The ABGB on Facebook.

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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