If you’re bummed you’re not on a plane to New Orleans right now for Mardi Gras, we found something for you – it’s an event that has the Mardi Gras spirit but is definitely one of Detroit’s own.

Imagine the fun of a Mardi Gras masquerade ball, matched with one of Detroit’s most storied venues, along with a great value for a ticket.

First, let’s talk the venue. The historic Scarab Club has been one of the centers of the Detroit art world way before pour-overs became a thing. This is a way to live a little Detroit history.

Masquerade balls have been happening at the club since 1917, and the three story building in Midtown is host to galleries, artist studios, sessions and more. If you look up in the beams of the second floor, you’ll see an amazing number of national and international artists who have signed it as they’ve come through town.

Second, let’s talk the party details. It’s on Saturday, and pre-sale tickets are $45, with at the door being $55. Sure, at first, that might seem a touch expensive. But, this party is a Detroit party, and it brings a lot of value.

  • There will be an open bar
  • Music will be RJ Spängler’s NOLA Band celebrating the music of New Orleans and there will be live entertainment in the gallery and lounge
  • Creole Food
  • Cajun Chicken Bites with Creole Mayo
  • Jambalaya Skewers
  • Mini Muffalata
  • Mud Bug Dip on Baguette
  • Okra Creole
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • King Cake Cupcakes

It runs from 8 p.m. – 12 midnight on Saturday (plenty of time for an after stop if you so desire), dress up with masquerade and New Orleans in mind, and get tickets here.

The Scarab Club is at 217 Farnsworth in Detroit.

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