Neighborhood Events: Mardi Gras Parties, a Venetian Food Carnival, and a Beatles Festival

Monday: Zeppelin Hall’s Cajun Fest has been a hit and the restaurant/biergarten is expanding the festivities through March 11. So you now have 11 more days to try chef Franco Robazetti’s New Orleans-inspired menu, which includes specials like seafood gumbo, Nola crawfish boil, and lobster bisque.

Tuesday: Pasta Dal Cuore is prepping a 5-course Venetian feast to celebrate the Carnival of Venice. Tickets are $95/pp, which includes a hand-picked wine from CoolVines. You can check out the full menu here.

Tuesday: The Archer is celebrating Mardi Gras with classic New Orleans cocktails (vieux carré, bourbon punch, sazeracs), a special gumbo, tarot card readings, and music by guest DJ Ralph Monte. The party starts at 8pm.

Tuesday: From jambalaya to swamp water shots, South House is debuting a special New Orleans-inspired food and drink menu for Mardi Gras. Plus, there will be live music throughout the night.

Tuesday: Can’t tell your gouda from your brie? Van Hook Cheese is holding a beginner’s class covering everything you ever wanted to know or ask about cheese. You’ll get to taste a range of cheese styles from fresh to firm to bloomy. Tickets are $40/pp.

Tuesday: Certified wine specialist Lourdes Arena (aka The Traveling Grape) and Mana Wine are teaming up for a wine class all about syrah. The class will be held at Mana Wine and each tasting will be paired with food (vegetarian options are available). Tickets are $50/pp.

Wednesday: Join the Thirsty Quaker for a hand-on class on how to make your own wine at home. The class will be held at the cafe at Mana Contemporary from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets cost $75 (for two people) and it includes a kit for making one gallon batches of wine (6 bottles), ingredients to make one gallon of wine (your choice of varietal), and a wine tasting during the class.

Thursday: Looking to brush up on your wine vocabulary? Jersey Wine & Spirits is holding a beginner’s wine class covering everything there is to know about wine. The 2-hour class, which will include various tastings, starts at 7pm and costs $25/pp.

Friday: The Beatles are coming to Jersey City. The Fest for Beatles Fans is a music fest dedicated to all things Beatles. It includes appearances by fellow musicians, artists, family members, and associates from the Beatles world. Tickets for the 3-day event start at $52 per day; children 5 years and under enter for free.

Friday: The 2017 JC Fridays season kicks off today. JC Fridays is a free, city-wide celebration of local arts. Restaurants, bars, stores, and event spaces throughout the city will showcase a variety of artwork and/or music for free to the public.

Saturday: The AlphaMinds Academy is hosting a chess tournament for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. Admission is $25 and includes access to the tournament, pizza, and prizes for everyone.

(Photo: Jersey Wine & Spirits)