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Your choices for Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Sacramento

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 It’s that time of year again, Sacramento! Time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a tribute to the outnumbered Mexican Army that battled and conquered French forces during the French-Mexican war in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

While May 5 isn’t celebrated widely in Mexico itself, it has become a popular celebration day in the United States, especially in California and other parts of the West that were originally parts of Mexico.

Here’s a round-up of the many ways you can get your "Cinco" on this year:

What: 28th Street Bloc Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Where: 28th and J streets, Midtown Sacramento.
When: 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, outdoors.
Information: With one lane of J Street closed to traffic and the outdoor festival stretching around the corner behind the "Bloc," there will be drink specials served at outdoor bars, a Mexican food court and live music by the Hits and the Cheeseballs. Centro, Harlow’s and the Blue Cue will be open until 2 a.m.
How much: $20 for an all-access ticket to clubs and the street fair.

What: Vallejo’s Cinco De Mayo Block Party.
When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The street party kicks into full gear at 5 p.m. with a Los Angeles band called Marcos Rojas y Su Banda, Sacramento DJ Enrique Suavé and Luis Salinas’ Sacramento Latin Touch Dance Band.
Where: 11 and O streets.
When: 11:30 a.m.-midnight.
Information: Arturo Vallejo is throwing his 10th annual street party in front of the Capitol. The outside beer garden will fill most of the block with live mariachi music and food and drinks, including margaritas, tequila shots and beer served by beer girls. (916) 498-1744.
How much: $5

What: Fugu Lounge and Tex Mex Bar and Grill’s Cinco De Mayo Music Festival
Where: Oshima’s Sushi/Fugu Lounge, 2071 Natomas Crossing Drive, Natomas.
When: 4-10 p.m.
Information: Up to 2,000 people are expected to turn out for the big party in Natomas, where revelers can nosh on a mix of Tex-Mex food and sushi. Mike Keolanui’s Tex Mex Bar and Grill of Midtown is teaming up with Oshima Sushi to create a beer garden loaded with food, entertainment and game booths to benefit the Natomas School District and nonprofits. A Spanish rock band called La Sabina and authentic folklorico dancers will perform, along with comedians, cheerleaders and an ROTC band. (916) 515-1958 or (916) 443-2030.
How Much: $20

What: Texas Mexican Restaurant
Where: 1114 8th St.
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Information: (916) 515-1958 or (916) 443-2030.
How much: No cover, $3 you-call-its: Texas-style grande margaritas, bottle and draft cervezas and mixed drinks, along with $2 tacos and food specials.

What: De Vere’s O’Drinko de Mayo
Where: De Vere’s Irish Pub, 15th and L streets.
When: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday.
Information: Sacramento’s biggest Irish pub is not going to let a little thing like cultural heritage get in the way of a good party. (916) 231-9947.
How much: No cover, $2 Coronas, $2 tacos, $2 tequilas, $2 margaritas.

What: Cinco de Mayo at the Torch
Where: The Torch Club, 15th and I streets, downtown Sacramento.
When: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, regular hours after.
Information: The Latin band Solsa will be playing and there will be complimentary chips and salsa. Enjoy Cuervo Silver shot specials featuring the Jose Cuervo Girls. (916) 443-2797.
How much: $8 cover.

What: Cinco de Mayo at the Golden Bear
Where: 24th and K streets.
When: From 11:30 a.m. Wednesday until the food and drinks run out. After 4 p.m., there will be Golden Bear’s version of "street tacos" in the back area. The chef will set up outside, and bar-goers will be able to add their choice of condiments to their tacos.
Information: (916) 441-2242.
How much: $4 Hornitos shots, $5 Hornitos margaritas, $3.50 Coronas. New chef Billy Zoellin will be preparing chicken tacos (two for $4), beef enchurritos (two for $6), shrimp tacos (two for $7) and seven-layer nachos with your choice of meat ($9).

What: Azukar Lounge/Nightclub. Singer B.O.B. will be performing his #1 hit “Nothin’ on You” live at midnight.
When: 6 p.m.-closing Wednesday.
Information: There is a free guest list available for this event. Sign up at http://www.easternmpire.org. The guest list closes at 11 p.m., so come early to ensure free entry to this event.
Where: 1616 J St., downtown Sacramento. (916) 444-8450.
How much: No cover, free guest list.

What: Cinco de Mayo at The Shady Lady
Where: Shady Lady, 1409 R St.
When: All night Wednesday – kitchen closes at midnight.
Information: Mexican-inspired plates including carne asada dishes. Tequila specials including half-off shots of Don Julio 1942. (916) 231-9121.
How much: No cover.

What: Ernesto’s Mexican Food
Where: 16th and S streets, Midtown Sacramento.
When: Wednesday.
Information: There won’t be a special celebration, but Ernesto’s always brings the old country to Midtown. The manager, Fernando, said, "We’re just going to keep the holiday alive and celebrate another year." (916) 441-5850.
How much: No cover.

What: Cinco de Drinko at Tres Agaves, Roseville
Where: 1182 Roseville Parkway in The Fountains shopping center.
When: 3 p.m.-2 a.m.Wednesday.

Information: Join the day-long celebration at Tres Agaves. The restaurant known for its massive tequila spread is pulling out all the stops for a day-long fiesta. Mariachi music and DJs will entertain along with Mexican wrestling, salsa lessons and cigar rolling while the tequila flows freely all night. Don’t forget to squeeze a salsa lesson in between munching on tacos from multiple taco stands and trucks on standby. (916) 782-4455.

How much: Free until 7 p.m. and $5 after.

What: Zócalo Cinco de Mayo Party
Where: 18th Street and Capitol Ave.
When: Noon-Midnight.
Information: Zócalo’s expanded patios will flow with authentic mariachi music, dancing, food and drinks. Mariachi bands will play at noon and 9 p.m., Folklorico dancers will perform at 6 p.m. and the local Mexican band Los Tré will play tamborazo music at 8 p.m. Margaritas, Herencia
Mexicana tequila shots and $2 taco specials will also be served. (916) 441-0303.
How much: No cover.




Sacramento Press writers Suzanne Hurt, Casey Kirk and Colleen Belcher contributed to this story. 

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