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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!

 

This mini festival will include:

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)
In-person cooking classes (Register here!)
Parade on the Workhouse Campus (Get tickets here!)
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!

 

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Virtual Events

Our virtual offerings include mixology classes, cooking classes, festive mask decorating, and more!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 starting February 1st.

 

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.

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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February 1
End:
February 13
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