Big juicy delicious five-day Mardi Gras party at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in Oakland. Miss Pearl’s new chef, Peter Jackson, trained with the likes of John Besh in NOLA, so you can trust this will be quite a celebration of Mardi Gras fare, complete with King’s Cake, beignets, $5 Hurricanes, $4 Jello shots and, oh yeah, Gumbostravaganza, a gumbo cookoff with some of the East Bay’s finest Southern-inspired chefs. If you’re in the city and feeling Creole cravings, consider hop skipping over to Jack London Square on the ferry. If you live in the East Bay, all the better. The festival kicks off Feb. 12 at 8:30 with Joey Altman’s Back Burner Blues Band, with Gumbostravaganza on Saturday and a Fat Tuesday fete to end all on the 16th. Beads encouraged but not required. For more information, visit Miss Pearl’s website (or sidle up to her on Facebook!).