Friday, May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo festivities and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM

You might not have a horse, but you should take your car to KCK this weekend.
  • Sabrina Staires
  • You might not have a horse, but you should take your car to KCK this weekend.
Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year, which means this is the year that you can really let loose. Mestizo (5270 West 116th Place, in Leawood), which began its four-day celebration of the holiday Wednesday night, has VIP spots on the patio for $25, which comes with chips, guacamole, appetizers and a margarita or beer. Margarita's is celebrating 27 years of fiestas with drink and food specials at all four locations on Saturday. Frida's (14861 Metcalf, in Overland Park) has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. But your day should begin with the Cinco de Mayo parade in Kansas City, Kansas, which begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m., traveling from Fourth and Minnesota Avenue to 18th and Minnesota Avenue. The party is then at 12th and Minnesota Avenue, with tons of tasty eats from Bonito Michoacan.

Roll out the barrels - it's Polski Day. The annual celebration of Polish heritage at All Saints Parish runs until 7 p.m. Saturday. And the best part may very well be the eats, like the meat-stuffed cabbage rolls and a new item: bourbon balls. As Charles Ferruzza suggests, get there early.

Slow and steady wins the race at the Crossroads Kentucky Derby Pub Crawl. It's three hours and four bars, beginning this Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Our history can often best be found where we eat. Learn about Kansas City's past through several dining institutions on a trolley tour, offered Saturday and Sunday, by the Historic Kansas City Foundation.

The traditional gift for your fourth anniversary is flowers. But the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (101 East 13th Street) knows what you really want: beer. The downtown beer bar celebrates its fourth anniversary on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. A rare release will be tapped every hour on the hour, and prizes will be raffled. Among the beers offered are Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale, Bell's Batch 9000, Founders Backwoods Bastard, and Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans.

All galleries should take a cue from the Brookside Art Annual, the yearly Brookside art festival that lets you look at regional and national artists while walking around with a Boulevard and a bag of caramel corn from Topsy's. The popcorn institution is joined this year by the Brookside Market, Avenues Bistro, the Brooksider Bar & Grill, and Michael Forbes Grill. The show runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?

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