Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, and several local celebrations, complete with food and music, are scheduled around Wichita. Among them:
The Mudbugs at Heroes: This will be the seventh year in a row for the Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco band to headline the Fat Tuesday celebration at Heroes, 117 N. Mosley. The bar turns into a dance hall each year as the kitchen serves Cajun specials and the bar mixes hurricanes. It lasts from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and admission is free. All ages are welcome.
Oyster dinner at St. James: The annual St. James Episcopal Church oyster dinner, which always happens on Fat Tuesday, offers all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster soup, dessert, beer and wine. Attendees can choose between a 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. seating, and tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Money raised supports Venture House and Episcopal Social Services. For tickets, call 316-259-7587.
Doo-Dah Diner’s Fat Tuesday Cajun Feast: The popular diner at 206 E. Kellogg is putting on its second all-you-can-eat Cajun buffet featuring jambalaya, shrimp etouffee, red beans and rice, blackened chicken, crawfish, fried catfish and King Cake. The feast will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. (The Diner is usually closed on Tuesdays.) Advance tickets are $40 a person and available at the diner. Tickets are $45 at the door. For more information, call 316-265-7011.