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Mardi Gras at the Workhouse!

February 1 - February 13

Let the Good Times Roll: Mardi Gras at the Workhouse!

February 1-13

In-Person on Saturday, February 13th 2021, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Visit Art Galleries & Lucy Burns Museums Open

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA (5 minutes from Historic Occoquan)

Let the good times roll! The Workhouse Arts Center is thrilled to present its first-ever Mardi Gras celebration, February 1-13. Join us for two weeks of family-friendly events that will engage, inspire, teach and make you laugh! We hope you agree that together, we can make this Winter better with arts! Get your tickets here.

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Announcement:

Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets for this weekend’s Mardi Gras at the Workhouse celebration! Mother Nature has been tricky recently, and this Saturday’s no exception.

With a wintry mix and snow in the forecast, we are CANCELLING our Mardi Gras parade and RESCHEDULING our Mardi Gras comedy show for Sunday, February 14th. All tickets purchased will be honored. This decision has been made with careful consideration for our patrons’ safety and for the best possible Drive-In comedy show experience.

We will have ONE comedy show at 6:00pm, which will accommodate ALL ticket holders and include a pre-show concert. VIP tickets holders will receive wine or beer.

While the parade is not taking place, we strongly encourage you to decorate your cars for the event. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated vehicles!

For further updates, please continue to check our Facebook page in the coming days. Thank you!

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This mini festival includes:

Online workshops on festive mask making (Free!)
Online Mixology sessions (Free!)
Online demonstrations on how to make floats or yard decorations (Free!)
In-person glass bead demonstrations (Free, safety protocols in place)
Featured Artist Exhibits (For more information, click here!)
In-person cooking classes (Register here!)
Parade on the Workhouse Campus
Drive In Comedy Shows (Get tickets here!)

 

With virtual and COVID-compliant in-person events, this is the perfect opportunity to enliven your winter. New events will continue to be announced throughout the month, so make sure to follow our Facebook page to stay updated!

 

GET TICKETS HERE!

 

Volunteering at the Workhouse is a Laugh! Follow this link to volunteer during the Mardi Gras at the Workhouse event and you can watch a comedy show for FREE.

 

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Want to know more about the history of Mardi Gras? We’ve got you covered!

In celebration of Black History Month, the Workhouse is thrilled to present “The Message Behind the Mask,” our new webpage highlighting the history of African American Mardi Gras traditions in New Orleans. Learn about Second Line Parades, Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Mardi Gras Indians, and more in this extensively researched article from our Workhouse staff. Read it here!

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VIRTUAL EVENTS

Virtual Events, February 1st-12th

Mardi Gras Mixology Lessons

Join our resident mixologist and learn how to make three traditional Mardi Gras cocktails: The Hurricane, The Sazerac, and a Pimm’s No. 1 Mix. Mixology lessons are available on Facebook and YouTube.
Click here for mixology recipes!

Watch! Mardi Gras Mixology Lesson: The Hurricane
Watch! Mardi Gras Mixology Lesson: The Sazerac
Watch! Mardi Gras Mixology Lesson: Pimm’s No. 1 Mix

 

Mask Making Lessons with Cheryl V. Neway

Join Workhouse Artist Cheryl V. Neway as she guides you through decorating the perfect Mardi Gras mask!
Watch the Workshop here!

 

Float Decoration Ideas

Looking for Mardi Gras decoration ideas? We’ve got you covered! Join Rob as he guides your through decorating your car, stroller, and bike for our Mardi Gras Parade.
Whatch the Workshop here!

 

February 2021 Featured Artists

Our resident artists are getting in the Mardi Gras spirit! Visit our Featured Artist page to explore artwork celebrating Mardi Gras. See the exhibits in-person Friday through Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

 

In-Person Events, February 13th (COVID-compliant)

Glass Bead Demonstrations – at 1pm & 3pm, Building W7-Hot Shop

Watch gorgeous glass beads being created before your eyes as Workhouse Artists Candi Durusu and Cheryl Peasley create glass bead art at 1pm and a 3pm. Free but space is limited.

 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in the French Quarter – 12pm to 2pm, Culinary Arts Kitchen Classroom, Building W3

Learn to make authentic New Orleans style Shrimp & Grits and Beignets with raspberry sauce. Tuition: $75 per student including materials fee which covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor. Register here!

 

Taste of Mardi Gras Cooking Class – 3pm to 6pm, Building W3

Just because you’re not in the French Quarter doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the spice and excitement of Mardi Gras! Learn to make (and then eat) King Cake, Shrimp Po’boys, and Shrimp Etouffee! Tuition: $100 per student including materials fee which covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor. Register here!

 

Mardi Gras Parade & Decoration Contest – 3pm, Workhouse Parking Lot

You are the Parade! Decorate a float, a car, a stroller and enter the Workhouse Mardi Gras Parade. Celebrity Jury will judge and the Best in each category will win $50 and a Car Pass to the first comedy show! Contest Categories are: Best Float, Best Decorated Car, Best Costume, Best Wagon, and Best Stroller. Parade entry fee of $10.

For those that would like to participate in the Mardi Gras parade, we encourage you to pick a theme and decorate your vehicle (or wagon, or stroller, get creative!), wear themed costumes, and for the truly ambitious- build a parade float to pull or ride along! Did we mention there will be prizes awarded for our judges? Four participating entries (as chosen by our judges) will receive a $50 cash award plus a complimentary ticket to the Rahmein & Friends Early Show! The judges will be looking for: Best Costume, Best Float, Best Vehicle, Best Stroller! Join in the fun! Entry fee is $10 per vehicle (or wagon/stroller). Watch for workshops available on SM throughout February.

 

Mardi Gras Drive In Comedy Show

LIVE professional Stand Up Comedy performers will projected onto a giant Drive In Movie screen, with audio broadcast to an FM radio channel to your vehicle’s radio (or any portable FM radio). Please note that some smart phone apps will not be able to receive the signal. Get tickets here!

Rahmein & Friends Early Show (PG version)

Begins at 5:00pm, Tickets are $25 per vehicle
Admission ticket also includes two souvenir Workhouse wine glasses per vehicle!
This performance will run approximately 50 minutes

Rahmein & Friends Late Show (adults version)

Begins at 7:00pm, Tickets are $50 per vehicle
The Late Show Admission Ticket also includes a pre-show concert set from Merissa & Robbie
and includes two souvenir Workhouse wine glasses per vehicle!
This performance (including concert) will run approximately 90 minutes

Comedy show gates open 45 minutes prior to show start time. Wine and soft drinks will be available for a la carte purchase prior to each comedy show.
One building (W16) will offer bathroom access during this event.

 

In Case of Inclement Weather or Exchanges

In case of inclement weather, all activities will be moved to the same time(s) for Sunday February 14, 2021. Any tickets you have purchased will be moved automatically to that date. Due to the nature of this special engagement, refunds and/or exchanges are not possible.

 

 

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Become a Mardi Gras Sponsor!

Have your Business Feted as a Supporter of the Arts & Our Community

Title Sponsor – $2,500 (Exclusive Event Sponsor)

Full Screen Logo or :15 sec ad on Drive In Comedy Screen before both performances
Announcements from Stage before both performances
Exclusive Social Media Posts
Opportunity to enter parade with decorations and branding
Sponsor Recognition Signage on Parade Route
Logo Placement on All Promotional Materials
Mention on Event Website (with hyperlink)

Gold Sponsor – $1,500

Half Screen Logo or :10 sec ad on Drive In Comedy Screen before both performances
Announcements from Stage before both performances
Mention in Social Media Posts
Sponsor Recognition Signage on Parade Route
Opportunity to enter parade with decorations and branding
Logo Placement on All Promotional Materials
Mention on Event Website (with hyperlink

Purple Sponsor – $1,000

Quarter Screen Logo or :5 sec ad on Drive In Comedy Screen before both performances
Announcements from Stage before both performances
Mention in Social Media Posts
Sponsor Recognition Signage on Parade Route
Opportunity to enter parade with decorations and branding
Logo Placement on All Promotional Materials
Mention on Event Website (with hyperlink)

Green Sponsor – $500

Inclusion in Social Media Posts
Announcements from Stage before both performances
Opportunity to enter parade with decorations and branding
Sponsor Recognition Signage on Parade Route
Mention on Event Website (with hyperlink)

General Sponsor – $100

Inclusion in Social Media Posts
Mention on Event Website

 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Start:
February 1
End:
February 13
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