Mardi Gras In Memphis 2020 and Where To Get King Cakes

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 29th 2020 13566 0

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Memphis with these parties and events. Mardi Gras 2020 is February 25, 2020.

Mardi Gras Celebration, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., $25, 21 and up
Head to Phillip Ashley’s headquarters at 1200 Madison Ave for festive Mardi Gras celebration that benefits Sister Supply. They’ll have gumbo and a “Taste of New Orleans” luxury chocolate collection on sale.

Mardi Gras at the ‘Garten, Railgarten, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. – midnight, free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Railgarten hosts a Mardi Gras throwdown where you can “bring the kids for a beads toss and stick around for live shows from Marcella & Her Lovers and Lucky 7 Brass Band

South Main Mardi Gras Bar Crawl, Momma’s/Ghost River/Loflin, February 22, 6 p.m. – midnight, 21 and up
Explore South Main on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday at three local bars, with free beads, NOLA-inspired drinks and food specials, and the Rodrick Duran Band at Loflin from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Mardi Gras Celebration, Crosstown Concourse, February 25, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Via Crosstown Arts: “Enjoy a second line parade (for people and dogs!), free beads, crafts for kids, and music from a local DJ. Classic corvettes will be displayed on the plaza. Bring your leashed pup in costume for a chance to win a prize! Free and open to the public.”

Mardi Gras Party, Celtic Crossing, February 25, 21 and up
Celtic will host a Mardi Gras party on Fat Tuesday with New Orleans- and Irish-style crawfish and zydeco music for guests to enjoy.

8th Annual Mighty Fat Tuesday, Bayou Bar & Grill, February 25, 5 p.m. – 11:55 p.m., 21 and up
The Bayou turns up again for Mardi Gras, with $3 and $5 drink specials, a crawfish boil, their usual Cajun and Creole inspired food—including the popular Zydeco wings—and the Mighty Souls Brass Band from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Happy to add to the list, just leave me a comment.

King Cakes In Memphis

As for Memphis-made king cakes not from your own oven, check out Lucy J Bakery, Sweet Lala’s, La Baguette, Primas Bakery & Boutique, and Lady Bugg Bakery in Hernando. You’ll need to call ahead and pre-order in most cases. You can of course get them from Kroger or Whole Foods, too. If you know of a bakery in town that offers king cakes, leave me a comment.

A lot of people opt to order king cakes online and have them shipped to Memphis from Louisiana/South Mississippi. Folks swear by Manny Randazzo, Paul’s Pastry, Haydel’s, Gambino’s, among many others.

I’m sure someone will try to fight me for leaving off their favorite NOLA/other king cakery. Don’t panic, just feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

Cajun Food In Memphis

If you just want some Cajun and Creole cuisine for Mardi Gras in Memphis – or anytime – try these spots:

– Regina’s Cajun Kitchen
– Mardi Gras
– Bayou Bar & Grill
– Owen Brennan’s
– Itta Bena
– The Second Line
– Elwood’s Shells
– Big Momma’s & Grandma’s

Places like Half Shell, Lafayette’s, Rizzo’s, and Blues City Cafe also have Cajun-inspired options and seafood and such.

Also, check out the Crawfish guide here and the Oyster guide here.

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  1. David M. says:

    Sadly, Sucre abruptly closed last year. Gracious Bakery is now shipping King Cake though, and they are divine!

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Bummer! I actually vaguely remember this now that you mention it. Thank you for the update, I’ll get it changed in the post.

  2. Kimberly says:

    Donut Hut- King Cakes and Mr. Donut- Horn Lake

  3. CCM says:

    They have king cakes at Thomas Meat & Seafood in Collierville. They ship them in every year. They also serve hot lunches during the week, and there is usually a Cajun-style lunch day with red beans & rice and other items. Give them a call if you want to confirm. (901) 221-8584

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