You may be in the heart of North Idaho, but for just one night, imagine you’ve been transported to the lively streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter for the the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance’s fourth annual Mardi Gras celebration. Guests to this fundraiser will be treated to plenty of traditional festivities and food, with New Orleans-style fare from seven regional chefs, also competing in a cook-off. Other colorful and eye-catching festivities include stilt walkers, jugglers, fortune tellers, henna tattooists, body painters, live music and art making — even a performance by local drag queens Nova Kaine and Les Gurlz. A highlight of this year’s event is a recreation of the oldest bar in the country, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar.
Sat, Feb. 16 from 5:30-10 pm • $40 • Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops • 201 Sherman Ave. • artsandculturecda.org/mardigras • 208-292-1629
— Chey Scott