OK, Cinco de Mayo isn’t really an American holiday. It isn’t a big one in Mexico either, but that has not stopped us from celebrating it with margaritas, beers and Mexican-inspired food. Find your favorite place (from Nada Downtown to Belterra Park) to celebrate May 5 with this handy guide.
Perhaps a Little Salsa Instead?
Of course, you could head down to Fountain Square for the kickoff to this year’s Salsa on the Square festivities. Band Son Del Caribe and dance teacher Diana Hoffman with Kama Salsa will lead the first of many public dance lessons on Thursdays throughout the summer. Did we mention there is an after-party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Level, located at 435 Elm St., as well?
5 to 10 p.m., Thursday. Fountain Square, Downtown. Free. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
Break Out the Candles and Cake
The Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar in Mainstrasse Village turns 4 years old on Thursday and its staff wants to celebrate with bourbon lovers. That's why the staff will break out the Forester Birthday Bourbon, fancy champagne cocktails and an actual bourbon birthday cake from Happy Chicks Bakery. To top it all off, there will be live music on the patio from 6-9 p.m. and snacks from Picnic and Pantry.
Starts at 4 p.m. Thursday. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar. 629 A Main St., Covington. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.
A Flight of Fancy
Catch Cirque du Soleil’s newest and most technologically advanced production, “Toruk – The First Flight,” at U.S. Bank Arena this week. Here's what should you expect from a show that is a prequel to James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film “Avatar”: Like the film, “Toruk” is set on the moon Pandora. But since this story takes place thousands of years before the arrival of humans, it is populated solely by the Na’vi people. You remember them – the blue, human-like characters who gave “Avatar” so much of its distinctive look.
Through May 8. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. For ticket prices and show times, visit http://usbankarena.com
May the Force Be With Us
The Cincinnati Reds are planning a full weekend of “Star Wars” fun. From bobbleheads and wall decal giveaways to characters in costume, visitors to Great American Ball Park are in for a treat this weekend’s three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
May 6-8. Cincinnati Reds. Great American Ball Park, Downtown. For tickets and event information visit the Reds website here.
Let’s Get Crafty
Looking for that unique Mother’s Day gift? Or maybe just a great event to take your mom to this weekend and show that you love her? Either way, going to the Crafty Supermarket Craft Show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center sounds like a good idea with 50 crafters, music, food, cash bar, activities and swag bags for the first 100 shoppers.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. Clifton Cultural Arts Center. 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati. Free entry. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
The Running of the Goats
The Covington Farmers Market has gone to the goats, literally. Organizers will host a “running of the goats” from the market at Third and Court streets to the goats summer grazing grounds at Goebel Park. After the goat parade there will be live music at the park. And of course, all of the restaurants and businesses along the route that runs through Mainstrasse Village will be open as well.
1 p.m. Saturday. The Covington Farmers Market, Third Street and Park Place, Covington. Free. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
The Best Two Minutes
Big hats, mint juleps and, of course, horses. The Kentucky Derby will combine all three, and there are many local parties planned in honor of the greatest two minutes in sports. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to watch and have a good time. Remember, post time is 6:24 p.m. Saturday.
All for Mom
Mother's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. What better way to celebrate your mom than to take her out for a delicious brunch or dinner? Julie Niesen Gosdin serves up a great list of places to take your mother on Sunday to show her you really do care here.