1860's Hard Shell Cafe Mardi Gras: Join the fun and music on Sat., Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., with Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe in the Big Tent, the Tony Campanella Band in the Saloon, Jimmy Lee and the Joint Jumpers in the cafe and Cajun/Zydeco DJ Alligator Man in the Geyer House; Billy Barnett and the Movers rock the Saloon on Fat Tuesday. Sat., Feb. 17. 1860's Hard Shell Cafe & Bar, 1860 S Ninth St., 314-231-1860, www.1860hardshellcafe.cjb.net.
After 24 Hour Diner and Games' Mardi Gras: Huge party with lots of beads, freebies and drag queen Glamour. Sat., Feb. 17, 4 p.m.-4 a.m., free. After 24 Hour Diner and Games, 4146 Manchester Ave., 314-652-4800.
After Mardi Gras at City Diner: They'll be open until 11 p.m. throughout the week and 24 hours over the weekend. City Diner, 3139 S Grand Blvd., 314-772-6100, www.citydiner.us.
All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet: Booze, beads, boobs you still gotta eat. Sat., Feb. 17, 8 a.m., $7.75. Nadine's Gin Joint and Cafe, 1931 S 12th St., 314-436-3045.
Art & Soul Auction: The evening includes a live fine-art auction and silent auction all within a French Quarter decor; New Orleans-style foods with gourmet appetizers and entertainment by New Orleans native pianist Richard Carr; all benefits go to Bridgeway's Domestic Violence Services. Tickets must be purchased in advance; call 636-757-2229 for reservations. Sat., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., $1,000 for reserved table of 12 with premium seating; $50 general tickets. St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Dr., Saint Charles, 636-669-3000, www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com.
Atomic Cowboy's Mardi Gras: Come to the Grove for a hip-hop celebration and the funk-jam styles of riverfrontradio.com with performances by DJs, bands and artists creating graffiti works for sale; the show starts at 9 p.m. and includes Earthworms, Essence of Logic, Dub Kitchen, Royal Illete, 40 til 5 and DJ Mahf; drink specials abound and the kitchen's open late. Sat., Feb. 17, $3. Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave., 314-775-0775, www.atomic-cowboy.com.
Bamboo Bistro's Mardi Gras: Bamboo Bistro's feasting for the Grand Parade with tasty Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine; order to-go early and beat the rush. Sat., Feb. 17. Bamboo Bistro, 214 N 4th St., 314-241-8884.
Bar Louie's Best Mardi Gras After Party: Join Bar Louie and Captain Morgan for the best after party in town with drink specials all night and a kitchen that's open until 1 a.m. Sat., Feb. 17, free. Bar Louie, 14 Maryland Plaza, 314-678-3385, www .barlouieamerica.com/stlouis.html.
Beer on the Bayou!: Enjoy hors d'oeuvers, a "Ragin' Cajun" three-course meal (each course paired with a different Schlafly beer) and music from the Zydeco Crawdaddys. Mon., Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., $45, 314-961-7588 ext. 251. Boathouse, Forest Park, 314-367-3423, www.boathouseforestpark.com.
Big Daddy's Block Party: On Saturday, Feb. 17, it's Mardi Gras party central 10th and Sidney streets will be blocked off from 8 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the Z107 party van will play music until 4 p.m.; DJ Flyin' Brian takes over the DJ booth and plays until 11 p.m. Sat., Feb. 17, $5 after 6 p.m. Big Daddy's, 1000 Sidney St., 314-771-3066, www.bigdaddys-soulard.com/.
Brandt's Fat Tuesday: Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Brandt's Mardi Crawl live music and lots of fun, call for price and band information. Tue., Feb. 20. Brandt's Red Carpet Lounge, 6525 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-3663, www.brandtscafe.com.
Broadway Oyster Bar's Parade Day Bash: Huge Mardi Gras party in their historic bar, out on the heated patio, and in their street tent, with music from New Orleans band Bonerama at 2 p.m. and Gumbohead at 6 p.m.; full food menu available along with beer, SoCo hurricanes and U-Call-Its all day. Sat., Feb. 17, 9-3 a.m., $5-$10. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S Broadway, 314-621-8811, www.broadwayoysterbar.com.
Bud Light Party Tent: This large heated tent is in the middle of the fun and features an all-you-can-eat Cajun Creole buffet catered by Joanie's To-Go from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., an open bar, private Port-a-Potties, live music and radio remote, bottomless beads, giveaways and many other surprises; all tickets must be purchased in advance at mardigrasinc.com, 21 and up only. Sat., Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., $90. Soulard Market Park, S Eighth St. and Lafayette Ave.
Cave Vineyard's Mardi Gras: Celebrate the festivities inside their natural cave and enjoy Cajun music from Trureaux as well as gumbo and wine cork beads for sale; see Web site for more details. Sat., Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cave Vineyard, 21084 Cave Rd, Sainte Genevieve, 573-543-5284, www.cavevineyard.com.
Club Buca's Mardi Gras: St. Louis' premiere nightclub on the Landing is home to the official Mardi Gras Parade after-party with early drink specials. Sat., Feb. 17. Club Buca, 710 N Second St. (on Laclede's Landing), 314-231-2822.
Clementine's Mardi Gras Festivities: Start the weekend off right on Thursday, Feb. 15, with Clementine's 20th annual Tacky Ball Gown Contest with $500 in prizes up for grabs, sign up by 11 p.m. for midnight judging; kick up your heels for Saturday's 20th annual High Heel Drag Race (Clems will provide the heels if you forget yours) for glory and cash prizes; or enter Clementine's annual costume contest following the race where they'll award $250 for the best Mardi Gras get-up. Thu., Feb. 15; Sat., Feb. 17. Clementines, 2001 Menard St., 314-664-7869, www.clementinesbar.com.