Great News: You Can Spend Cinco with Mario Lopez

Live the dream and party with A.C. Slater in May.
Live the dream and party with A.C. Slater in May. Courtesy of FleurComGroup
The polar ice caps are melting, machines are taking our jobs, bees are dying by the millions, and Vladimir Putin is riding bare-chested on a pale horse. We are truly living in the End Times, folks. Which is as good a reason as any to go to the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, May 5, and party with Mario Lopez.

When nothing matters anymore, you might as well slam down some vodka Red Bulls and bro out with A.C. Slater.

The TV star, Emmy Award winner, and Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez will host a Cinco de Mayo party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Obviously, it is billed as Cinco de Mario.

Sponsored by the City of Scottsdale and Experience Scottsdale, this event will feature an “Authentic Mercado” where folks can shop. Attendees are encouraged to get their Slater on and dress up like the man of the hour himself at a Saved by the Bell look-alike contest where winners will receive tickets to screenings of Extra TV, Ellen, and Steve Harvey.

And if you enjoy confusing cultural mashups, you’ll love the Mansion VIP Tent where you can watch Kentucky Derby races, sip Mint Juleps, and luxuriate in a Churchill Downs vibe that has 100 percent nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo.

Craft beer will be available for sampling. A tasting pass costs $20 and will get you eight samples. Comedian Franky Quinones will lead a “hilarious Cholofit Yoga class.” There will also be live music throughout the day. Machete star, taco shop owner, and “donut impresario” Danny Trejo will be on hand to host the musical proceedings.

There’s also going to be a Kids Zone, where children can learn the fine art of making papel picado.

General admission is $15 online in advance, $20 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Mansion VIP tickets are $100 online in advance and come with five drink tickets. VIP and Mario meet-and-greet tickets are $250 online in advance and include complimentary food and drinks, upgraded restrooms, and a meet-and-greet with Lopez.

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Ashley Naftule