Mardi Gras has a long-standing, rich history, full of unique traditions, but for today, I'm here to tell you how to celebrate best in Fort Wayne this February. While Mardi Gras is a major event that lasts all season, the biggest day of the celebration is "Fat Tuesday," which falls on the 28th this time around.

Here are some fun and festive things to do in honor of the special occasion on various days in February.

Bourbon Street Hideaway Dining Room

Every Thursday-Saturday- Bourbon Street Hideaway

In case you haven't heard by now, Fort Wayne has a Cajun Themed, fine dining restaurant near downtown that you can enjoy year-round. Check out the menu here, and give the gumbo a try. It's delicious! Reservations recommended. 

February 17 - Dines 4 Rides Gala


Mardi Gras themed event with food, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction. Dine 4 Rides raises funds to provide medical transportation for seniors and people with disabilities through CTN. 

Parkview Mirro Center 
10622 Parkview Plaza Drive 
Fort Wayne, IN

$125- Tickets can be purchased here.

February 25- YLNI Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball


Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana is hosting a black tie event at the Embassy Theatre Ballroom with New Orleans style cuisine, casino games, music, and dancing.

General admission $60
Couples tickets $100
Tickets can be purchased here.

February 28- Rotary Club of Fort Wayne "Big Easy Feast"

11a.m.-2p.m. or 4p.m.-8p.m 

Feast on a New Orleans Style meal. Parkview Field- Lincoln Financial Event Center 1301 Ewing Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802. $30 per person. Proceeds support the Club's Riverfront Development Project. 

Tickets can be purchased here.

February 28- Deer Park Irish Pub

Stop at this classic Fort Wayne pub, who will be serving up Cajun food, and "The Beer of Mardi Gras" on draft from Abita Brewing. Guest Appearance by King Rex, Zydeco music, and other festivities. 

15 Leesburg Rd. 
Fort Wayne, IN
Open until 1a.m.

Enjoy a Mardi Gras Treat

If you are searching for a treat for celebrators of all ages, be sure to visit Waynedale Bakery on Fat Tuesday (2/28 only).

They are baking up the official Mardi Gras dessert, the King Cake. This oval-shaped, iced treat reminds me of a cross between a cinnamon roll, and a coffee cake. It is decorated in the royal colors of purple, green, and gold. The cakes usually have tiny, plastic babies tucked inside. Find one, and you're King for the day! You're also responsible for bringing a King Cake to share with everyone next year!

Wayndale Bakery will have a nice supply of cakes on hand, but it would be great to call in advance to reserve yours. 

260-747-2992. 2610 / Lower Huntington Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 

Or visit Zinnia's Bakehouse Saturday, for fresh beignets! Or any Saturday, for that matter, since Zinnia's has made to order beignets available every Saturday! Go early, though, since they sell out fast.

260-483-4765 / 1320 E. State Street Fort Wayne, IN

Bonus Tip: Kroger carries authentic "Cafe Du Monde Beignet Mix". Fry these French doughnuts up at home for family or friends!French Doughnuts

Fun Fact: It is illegal to ride a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans if you are not wearing a mask! Imagine that!