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You could be the lucky winner of a pair of tickets to the Dave Matthews Band concert at Cricket Pavilion on August 24. Count the number of silver 1800 bottles that appear in this Cinco de Mayo Guide and e-mail your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners must be 21 or older and will be selected through a random drawing of all correct entries. Winners will be notified by phone by Monday, May 10.
The following is a list of more than 100 Cinco de Mayo celebrations and activities planned around the Valley at various venues this week, including festivals, food and drink specials, and live entertainment. Listings are separated by venue type and event start date. Call the numbers listed for more information.
Thursday, April 29:
930 E. University Dr., Tempe
Latino comedian Gabreil Iglesias. Thursday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2. 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, $15; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $17. Call 480-921-9877.
Friday, April 30:
Cinco de Mayo Festival -- Mesa
Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St., between Country Club and Stapley
Music, arts, dance, food, children's activities, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides and games, salsa contest, piñata contest and more. Friday, April 30, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Call 480-644-EVENT.
Fort McDowell Casino
10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Fountain Hills
"Pre-Cinco de Mayo Party: Fiesta at the Fort." Food and drink specials, live entertainment by Banda Tierra Blanca, Los Morros del Norte, and Los Astros de Durango. 8 p.m. Free. Call 1-800-THE-FORT.
Garcia Elementary School
1441 S. 27th Ave.
Cinco de Mayo Festival. Food and entertainment, music, games, student talent show. All day. Free. Call 602-353-5111.
Saturday, May 1:
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
"Quetzalli de Veracruz," a visual fiesta of old Mexico with Ballet Folklorio. 8 p.m. $18 to $26, children 12 and under half-price. Call 480-782-2680.
Cinco de Mayo Festival -- Chandler
A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Music, food, arts and crafts, children's activities, Chihuahua races, and the crowning of the festival's King and Queen Chihuahuas. Noon to 8 p.m. Free. Call 480-782-2735.
Cinco de Mayo Festival -- Phoenix
Patriots Square Park, Central Ave. and Washington St.
More than 100 entertainers, Mexican and Tex-Mex music, arts and crafts vendors, food. 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 1; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 2, $5, children 12 and under free. Call 602-279-4669.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration -- Scottsdale
Paiute Park, 3210 N. 66th St., Scottsdale
Mariachis, music from Mexico, the Scottsdale International Club dancers, food vendors, DJ, raffle prizes, games. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Call 480-312-2771.
Tuesday, May 4:
147 E. Adams St.
Exhibitions featuring the works of Chicano and Chicana artists. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 5, $2 admission for general public, $1 admission for students and seniors. Call 602-257-5536.
Wednesday, May 5:
ASU West Campus
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Cinco de Mayo event in the Delph Courtyard. All day. Free. Call 602-543-5500.
ASU's Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
"6th Annual Sandbox Golf Classic on Cinco de Mayo." A charity golf tournament to benefit the Association for Supportive Childcare, silent auction, fiesta lunch, contests and raffle drawings. All day, tournament starts at 7:15 a.m. $125 per individual, $450 per foursome. Call 480-829-0500, extension 102.
Brunswick Bowling Lanes -- Mesa
1754 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
"Cosmic Bowling." Draft beer and food specials. 9 p.m. to close. $9.99. Call 480-834-0588.
Brunswick Bowling Lanes -- Phoenix
7241 W. Indian School Rd.
"Cosmic Bowling." Draft beer and food specials. 9 p.m. to close. $7.99. Call 623-846-2090.
Garfield Elementary School
18th St. and Garfield
"Cinco de Mayo Community Celebration." Carnival, kids' games, Mexican food, 3 to 6 p.m. Ballet Folklorio, 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Call 602-257-3863.
Glendale Community College
6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale
Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. Free. Call 623-845-3713.
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
"Cinco de Mayo Welcome Reception," an informal reception with interactive activities to celebrate the Fifth of May. 6 p.m. Free. Call 480-941-8200.
Bars and Clubs Saturday, May 1:
829 S. Rural Rd., Tempe
"Uno de Mayo." $2 Coronas, $1 Tecates, $3 margaritas, $2 tequila shots, $2 burgers and tacos, $3 chimichangas, live music, swimming pool, mechanical bull, contests. All day. $5 cover after 2 p.m. Call 480-517-1188.
Dos Gringos Scottsdale
4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
"Cinco de Mayo Beach Party Weekend." 10,000-gallon pool, music, food, beverages, tricycle races, balloon toss, scuba relay, dunk tank, hot tamale contest, water volleyball tournament. 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, April 30; noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 1; noon to 1 a.m. Sunday, May 2. Live entertainment Friday by Chalmer's Green from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and Chadwicks from 8 to 11 p.m. Live entertainment Saturday by Tina Bailey Duo from 1 to 4 p.m., Chris Hiatt Band from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and Quantum from 8 to 11 p.m. Live entertainment Sunday by Matt Tener from 1 to 5 p.m., and Knee Deep from 6 to 10 p.m. $5 cover. Call 480-423-3800.
Dos Gringos Trailer Park
1001 E. 8th St., Tempe
"Pool Party at the NEW Dos Gringos Location." Bring your swimsuit and beach chairs, and hang out by the pool all day long while drinking $2 Coronas. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 1, Sunday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 5, No cover. Call 480-968-7879.