Whether to party and say goodbye to meat for 40 days – or simply to take in the sites, sounds and smells of Czech culture – Minnesota’s 18th Annual Masopust: The Czech Mardis Gras is a must. The event is Sunday, March 3, 12-5pm at the Montgomery American Legion. The Charlie Sticha Band will play polkas for the costume ball (dress for prizes!), there will be a king coronation, a performance by the St. Paul Czech and Slovak Folk Dancers, a silent auction and, of course, Czech food, including pork and dumplings. Cost is $5 adults, children under 15 are free. More at montgomerymn.org/masopust.