The Big Easy Meets Big Thrills

Let the good times roll at Busch Gardens® Mardi Gras, every weekend from January 26 through March 3. Celebrate with jazzy live music, classic Cajun flavors, and returning favorites like Carnaval Imaginique, an electrifying cirque show in the Globe Theatre. Enjoy vibrant entertainment throughout all nine of Busch Gardens’ villages with an exciting New Orleans-style event for the whole family. Treat your tastebuds with over forty mouth-watering bayou favorites, like the Crawfish Boil, fried oyster po'boy, handcrafted cocktails and iconic warm beignets. The Big Easy meets big thrills with world-class roller coasters, rides and kid-friendly play areas. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind party every Friday through Sunday, plus President’s Day, from January 26 through March 3.

*Included with park admission. Event dates and details subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.

Event Dates:


3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays + Presidents' Day

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Included with park admission

    Mardi Gras
  2. DATES
    Jan. 13 - Mar. 3
    Included with park admission

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Mouthwatering Cajun Cuisine at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras

Mouthwatering Cajun food & cocktails

Tempt your taste buds with Mardi Gras inspired offerings like a Crawfish Boil and handcrafted cocktails. Choose among 40 specialty menu items with a five or ten item Mardi Gras Sampler Lanyard! Purchase yours now!
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Carnaval Imaginique at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

Carnaval Imaginique

Experience Carnaval Imaginique, a cirque themed spectacular in the Globe Theatre, and fan favorite since its debut in 2022. Thrilling acrobatic artistry and stunning acts of balance and strength are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Mardi Street Party at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

Mardi Street Party

France village comes to life in this exciting parade of colorful ribbon dancers and stilt walkers. Wave hello to the King of Mardi Gras and collect beads as his jesters pass by! Then, snap a photo with the krewe in front of our iconic Bourbon Street-inspired backdrop.
NEW! Bourbon Street Brigade at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras.

Bourbon Street Brigade

Get ready to rock and roll through the Big Easy with the all-new Bourbon Street Brigade in the San Marco Theatre! This classic rock band captivates audiences of all ages with timeless tunes from Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson and more. Sing along to legendary hits and show off your best Mardi Gras moves!
New Orleans Jazz Band at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

New Orleans Jazz Band

Immerse yourself in the brass beat as an emcee conductor takes the stage in Das Festhaus with a New Orleans Jazz Band.
Samba Jambore at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

Samba Jamboree

Step up the fun with these wacky, wild court jester drummers sure to entertain you! Catch them as they make their was through Killarney Village with a jazzy New Orleans rhythm.
Scavenger Hunt at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

Masquerade Scavenger Hunt

This family-friendly park-wide masquerade scavenger hunt offers Mardi Gras fun for even our youngest guests!
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