Smart Bets: A Mid-Summer Night’s Mardi Gras

Unlike Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, set in a single fairy-enchanted evening, this weekend's “A Mid-Summer Night's Mardi Gras” spans two sundowns. And instead of fairies, the events are under the spell of Dixieland — from food and drinks to music and dance. Take a Cajun dance lesson, partake in two-steps and waltzes and taste treats from Trailhead Restaurant on Saturday, Aug. 10 at White Horse Black Mountain. Jackomo, Carolina Gator Gumbo, Unknown Tongues and Dixieland Shakedown perform. 5:30 p.m., $12. Then on Sunday, Aug. 11, there's a costume parade with the Asheville Second Line Marching Band and the Asheville Mardi-Gras Krewe. Prizes and themed food are part of the "Big Easy Partay" at The Grey Eagle, with Bayou Diesel, Unknown Tongues, Zydeco Ya Ya and more. 5 p.m., $10/$12.


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