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Best Area Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

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Green Lake Taco Guaymas Block Party
6808 East Green Lake Way North
Seattle, WA 98115
206.466.8063.

It’s the 10th annual Cinco de Mayo block party at the Green Lake Taco Guaymas. The party starts at 11:00am outside, and heads inside from 10:00pm – 1:00am. There will be live music all day, including salsa and mariachi. There will be a jalapeño-eating contest, a beer garden, and a margarita bar. You must be 21+ to attend the party, but people of all ages can sit in the Taco Guaymas restaurant. In order to accommodate the block party, 2nd Ave NE between E Green Lake Way N and Woodlawn Ave NE will be inaccessible to traffic between 7am and midnight.

Cinco de Mayo 2011: Catch the Culture
South Park Bridge
14th Avenue South and Dallas Street
Seattle, WA 98108
http://www.allaboutsouthpark.com

Between 1:30pm and 9:30pm, the South Park neighborhood is celebrating with music, arts, crafts and a giant piñata! It kicks off with the official South Park bridge groundbreaking ceremony, includes a 26-foot bridge-shaped pinata and ends with a spectacular fire performance.

The Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch
2300 E. Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122
http://www.spl.org

All ages are invited to create masks with South Park artist Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys in celebration of Cinco de Mayo from 4pm – 6pm. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. All materials will be provided. Street parking is available at the branch.

Seattle Art Walk
Part of the “First Thursdays” Seattle Art Walks, from 6pm – 8pm. Over 35 art venues including galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and shops. Also, don’t miss the West Edge neighborhood, the heart of the Museum Arts District where five of the Northwest’s longest running galleries operate and are open on First Thursday’s. If you visit SAM don’t miss these galleries, all within one block of the Seattle Art Museum. All five galleries support our local artist’s community by representing local as well as notionally recognized artists.

Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98125

It’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration of Mexican heritage with piñata, flamenco dancing and refreshments from 6pm -9pm. Admission is $1; for more information, call 206-684-7522.

El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
http://www.elcentrodelaraza.com

El Centro de la Raza’s Cinco de Mayo event includes music and dance performances, a health fair, children’s activities and Mexican food and crafts vendors, 5:30pm -8:30pm. Admission is free.

An Evening with Art and Music
Main Library, Tacoma
1102 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA, 98402
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Acclaimed Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin will be giving a free slide talk and book signing. A native of Mexico and UW graduate, Arreguin is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Governor’s Art Award. There will also be a free concert by Mariachi Ayutla.

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