For Mardi Gras fun without Bourbon Street debauchery, head to EXDO Event Center on Friday, February 25 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Denver Mardi Gras. Tickets are normally $35, but MHOTC readers can get tickets for 50% off by going here. So pay only $18 per person. This is a carnival of music, games, entertainers and, of course, 10,000 beads. Enjoy free games and entertainment including DJs, live music, clowns, jesters, stilt walkers, tarot readers and more throughout the complex. All guests may purchase Crawfish Boil, etouffee and gumbo in the French Quarter courtyard. Masks and costumes are encouraged. Laissez les bontemps rouler! 1399 35th St., Denver.