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.

Jan 26
Mar 03
Event Dates
Fridays 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays
+Presidents' Day
12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Included with park admission
Event Type Mardi Gras
Food Festival
Dates Jan. 26 - Mar. 3
Event hours Park Hours
Event Price Included with Park Admission

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Two people enjoying the Mardi Street Party during Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Germany at Night during Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Two people enjoying the Mardi Street Party during Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Germany at Night during Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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 and get ready to chow down when Mardi Gras opens on Jan. 26.

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Mouthwatering Cajun Cuisine at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras

Entertainment:

Fan Favorite!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!

Carnaval Imaginique at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

Fan Favorite!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.

Mardi Street Party at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

New!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! Bourbon Street Brigade at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras.

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.

New Orleans Jazz Band 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.

Samba Jambore 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!

Scavenger Hunt at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras Event.

Rides, Coasters & Kid-Friendly Fun

Mardi Gras FAQs

What is Busch Gardens Mardi Gras special event?

Guests of all ages will be transported to where the “Big Easy” meets big thrills every weekend from January 26 trough March 3, plus President’s Day (February 19). Jazzy entertainment, classic Cajun flavors, and festive flair fill Busch Gardens with the spirit of Bourbon Street during this one-of-a-kind Mardi Party.

Mardi Gras Highlights:

Entertainment – enjoy vibrant entertainment throughout all nine of Busch Gardens’ villages and immerse yourself in new and returning fan-favorite performances. From Carnaval Imaginique, an electrifying cirque show in the Globe Theatre, to Samba Jamboree, and more.

Specialty Dining – tempt your taste buds with Mardi Gras inspired offerings like a Crawfish Boil, King Cake cinnamon rolls and beignets. Plus, get a taste of Bourbon Street with handcrafted cocktails such as Hurricanes, Big Easy Mojitos and King’s Cup Daiquiris. Learn more here.

Attractions & Activities for Kids – there’s something for everyone from rides, coasters, and family-friendly fun. Spice up your day by soaring through the winter sky on one of our roller coasters, enjoy a day of play in the Land of Dragons, or explore the park in search of hidden Mardi Gras Masks with the Masquerade Scavenger Hunt. 

What is the best way to visit Busch Gardens Mardi Gras and other park events?

Get 12 months of unlimited visits to all of Busch Gardens Williamsburg events, including Mardi Gras, with a Membership! Plus, Members enjoy exclusive benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, monthly rewards, additional savings on merchandise, special access to Member-only events, and more!

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What are the available Busch Gardens Mardi Gras tasting card options?

Select a 5 or 10-item Mardi Gras Sampler to enjoy entrees, desserts, beer, wine, specialty beverages and more. Starting as low as $40. Click here to buy now.

  • Mix and match FIVE or TEN sample items at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras kiosk locations only.

  • Sample selections include entrees, desserts, 10 oz. beer, 3 oz. wine, 7 oz. cocktail or 12 oz. specialty non-alcoholic beverage (excludes flights and souvenirs).

  • Lanyard may be used throughout the entire event (Jan. 26 - Mar. 3), during repeat visits.

  • Valid proof of legal drinking age (21+) required for redemption of alcohol.

Where can I purchase a Busch Gardens Mardi Gras Sampler?

Guests can purchase a 5 or 10-item Mardi Gras Sampler online prior to visiting the park or at any participating Mardi Gras specialty dining menu tasting locations. Click here to buy now.

Is Busch Gardens Mardi Gras kid-friendly?

Absolutely! Our youngest guests are invited and encouraged to participate in the park-wide Masquerade Scavenger Hunt, enjoy two themed villages such as Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and Land of Dragons, kid-friendly attractions, and more. 

What are the hours of the event?

Fridays: 3 – 8 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays + President’s Day: 12 – 6 p.m. 

Will there be Busch Gardens Mardi Gras food options available for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, please see each participating location for dietary selections.

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