Cinco de Mayo is coming up next Tuesday. Because of that, many will celebrate this weekend.
If you do—or even if you celebrate it on May 5—remember what it’s about. And no, it’s not Mexico’s independence day. That’s on Sep. 16 (Diez y Seis de Septiembre). Cinco de Mayo is in honor of Mexico’s defeat of the much more powerful French army in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. It was a David-versus-Goliath type deal. David won.
Whether it’s in honor of Mexico’s victory, or just because you’re anxious to get out to enjoy the warm weather, head out this weekend and check out some of these fun events around ABQ.
The Kentucky Derby is an American classic. On Saturday, May 2, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., oversized hats riddled with flowers will shield sunshine from ladies’ faces. Cocktails will be spilled on pastel-colored polo shirts. Money will be lost. Money will be won.
But no matter what, Albuquerque will be winning with the first-ever Burque Derby.
Burque Derby will take place at the Gutierrez-Hubbel House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SE) tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m. At 2 p.m. begins live music, friendly bets, games, beer, food, and a parade of hats. Pre-race, post-race, and a 6:30 p.m. after party at Ibiza, Hotel Andaluz‘s rooftop bar, follows. Prizes will be won for the guest with the best attire and the guest with the best hat.
Six hundred general admission tickets are available for $40 a pop. Fifteen VIP Reserved tables are available for $500.
Not into horse racing? We got you. Tomorrow, head over to the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital at noon for Albuquerque’s St. Baldrick’s Foundation event. People who have raised pledges will have their heads buzzed. All money raised will help fund childhood cancer research. Pick up a copy of our May issue, on newsstands now, for some facts about the organization, as well as childhood cancer.
There will be live music and entertainment for the kids.
Visit the St. Baldrick’s website to donate. If you can’t make this round there will be another event on May 17 at Red Door Brewing Company.
The first Rail Yards Market of 2015 is this Sunday, May 3, at Barelas Neighborhood’s beautifully battered Rail Yards (777 First St. SW), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come peruse a plethora of food, art, and music. Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Sunday. It will be back every Sunday, same place, same time, through October 25.
Our calendars our jam packed.
What are your weekend plans?