By Cathy Locke
Cinco de Mayo, celebrating the Mexican army's 1862 victory over the French, will be observed Thursday at restaurants, ballparks and historic venues in the Sacramento region.
Celebrants looking for a family-oriented event may want to head for Auburn.
Old Town Auburn will hold its 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature performances by the Folklorico Dancer Troupe from Sacramento, pony rides, rock climbing, an electronic riding bull, and piñatas for the children. Old Town restaurants will participate in a salsa making contest, and festival-goers can buy a tasting kit to help choose the winner.
Sponsors of the Old Town Auburn event stress the celebration is for families and children. Alcohol is not sold or encouraged.
This year's celebration is co-sponsored by Sun River Clothing Co., Café Delicias, Tio Pepe's and the Old Town Business Association. Get more information.
In West Sacramento, Mexican culture will be celebrated at Thursday night's River Cats game against the Salt Lake Bees at Raley Field. A fiesta theme will prevail with mariachi music and flamenco dancing. Get more information.
In Roseville, Tres Tequila Lounge and Mexican Kitchen will hold its third annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, setting up a tent in the parking lot of the Fountains at Roseville. The celebration will include live bands, Folklorico dancers, a DJ and dancing. The festivities begin at noon, with a $5 cover charge until 5 p.m. and $15 after 5 p.m.
To discourage patrons from drinking and driving, the restaurant has negotiated special room rates with local hotels, so patrons can take a cab to their overnight lodging after an evening of partying. Get more information.
Old Sacramento's dining and drinking establishments are offering Cinco de Mayo entertainment beginning at 6 p.m.
In downtown Sacramento, Zocalo restaurant. 1801 Capitol Ave., will celebrate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live mariachi music, ballet folklorico and street tacos. Get more information.
Mayahuel Tequila Museo Restaurant and Tequila Bar at 12th and K streets in downtown Sacramento will combine grand opening and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, offering live entertainment and music by DJs from noon to 1:30 a.m. Get more information.