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Get ready to fiesta down this Cinco de Mayo, Sacramento-style. On Saturday, the city will be bursting with activities targeted at a range of audiences. The 21-and-over crowd will be kept the busiest with an array of drink specials in honor of the celebratory weekend. Here are some upcoming Cinco de Mayo events:
1901 16th St.
Ernesto’s Mexican food will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration that lasts all weekend, which is a change from last year, manager Dani Pareja said. There will be mariachi music starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, 7:45 p.m on Saturday, and brunch-time music on Sunday Pareja said. Along with mariachi music on the fifth, Pareja added that there will be a tequila tasting and beer promotional coupons handed out. “It’s just going to be a really fun weekend…a lot of action and a lot of entertainment,” she said.
Centro Cocina Mexicana
2730 J St.
“We’re having a bartender’s competition from 3 - 5 p.m. (on Cinco de Mayo) hosted by Partida Tequila,” bar manager Joel York said. The restaurant will have its back parking lot fenced off to allow for festivities that will start at 3 p.m. and conclude at 1 a.m. York said he expects several hundred people to attend the event throughout the day.
Park Ultra Lounge has a $15 cover charge to get in, and Mix Downtown has a $20 cover charge. Both locations open their doors at 8:30 p.m. The Park will be serving specialty drinks with 1800 Tequila, which includes $5 shots as well as $6 margaritas, Park Ultra Lounge and Mix Downtown marketing and event producer said. He added that Mix will be selling $2 tacos on Saturday. In reference to the rest of the menu, he said, “(We’re) just really trying to go a little more on the cultural, traditional Mexican dishes.” Music for the events will be provided by DJ Peeti V at the Park and by DJ Mike Moss at Mix.
La Terraza Mexican Restaurant
1027 Second St.
“We’re having a few dancers perform the folklorico dance from Mexico (about) every two hours,” manager Alejandro Mercado said. He added that the restaurant will also be having specials on drinks La Tereza is a part of the Cinco de Old Sacto event in Old Sacramento.
Tequila Museo Mayahuel
1200 K St.
“We (will have) mariachi bands on the fourth and the fifth, we are going to have an extended beer garden… (and) we’re going to have a couple of beer trailers outside (with draft beer),” bartender Charles Connolly said. There will be Aztec dancers performing at the celebration as well, Connolly added.
Beary Special Dance Party at the Sacramento Children’s Museum
2701 Prospect Park Drive #120 Rancho Cordova
Sat 5:30 - 8 p.m.
The festivities are not all for the 21-and-over crowd. Kids with special needs, along with siblings and friends, are welcome to bring their teddy bears to the Sacramento Children’s Museum for their Beary Special Dance Party. This event is free to the public with RSVP. The Sacramento Children’s Museum hosts a dance party about once every quarter Assistant Organizer for the Sacramento Children’s Museum, Sarah Davis said, and this month the theme will be Cinco de Mayo.