All About Cape: Mardi Gras and More

Mar 4, 2019

Mardi Gras takes place this Tuesday, March 5. And it’s the perfect time to indulge in bold, zesty Cajun flavors. Cape has several premier Cajun eateries that offer Louisiana-inspired dishes to help you celebrate in the most delicious way.

And if you are observing Lent or just craving seafood, Cape offers some of the tastiest fish houses in the area. Find them on our complete list of local restaurants at

At the River Campus, Fat Tuesday, March 5, means a performance of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony at 7:30 p.m. in Bedell Hall. This composer hails from Russia and is regarded as a polystylist for his ability to combine completely different musical types in his compositions. It is a performance fine-arts lovers are sure to enjoy.

But if you’re more of a dirt-under-your-fingernails kind of person, the 7th annual Cousin Carl Farm Show might be where you spend your day. One of the most beloved personalities on the local airwaves, Cousin Carl, is hosting two days dedicated to farm equipment – Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at Arena Park. Featuring a tractor parade, farm toy show and antique tractor pull, this event celebrates Southeast Missouri’s agricultural tradition and its farmers.

If the antique tractor display leaves you nostalgic, stay in your favorite era at the Smith Summer Classic Car Auction, coming to the Show Me Center on Saturday, March 9. With vehicles ranging from Model Ts to muscle cars, you just might end up driving one of these vintage cars home.

Learn more about all the happenings in Cape Girardeau by checking out our Events page at