Happy Friday! Don't drink too much at First Friday, because Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby will go head to head in a battle for your hearts and stomachs tomorrow. Here's a quick rundown of all the action -- and if you know of any Drinco de Mayo party/deals we missed, feel free to post them in the comments section below.
El Diablo, 101 Broadway, and Sketch, 11 West First Avenue, have teamed up to present Cinco Central, an all -day outdoor fiesta beginning at noon and ending at 10 p.m., with an after-party at La Rumba. Festivities include live Mexican wrestling, music from Cojunto Colores and pinatas for the kids.
Chloe Mezze Lounge, 1445 Market Street, is hosting Derby Girls & Bourbon Boys, the "season's hottest patio party" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, derby chic attire is preferred.
Ale House at Amato's, 2501 16th Street, will host its second annual Kentucky Derby Party from 1 to 6 p.m., and you'll need a big hat. Amato's will also be serving cans of Ska Brewing's seasonal Mexican Logger in honor of Cinco de Mayo. There will be prizes for best dressed and best hat -- and a chance to win free beer for a month from Breckenridge Brewery. A portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to the Denver Dumb Friends League and Harmony Equine Center.
The 25th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival at Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, is a weekend-long festival celebrating Mexican culture, with music, food and the fifth annual Green Chili Bowl Cook-Off. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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The Third Annual Kentucky Derby Party at The Lobby American Grille, 2191 Arapahoe Street, will feature a costume contest, beer pong tournaments, goldfish races and a fish fry. The full menu: "Chinese catfish, chicken tenders, braised ribs, cilantro cole slaw, andouille red beans, hush puppies, and pesto Caesar salad." The party starts at 1 p.m. (RSVP on Facebook). Entry is free, the beer pong tournament costs $10 to enter and the fish fry is $15 per person.
2012 Derby Party at 14th Street between Curtis & Champa -- a live Derby viewing benefiting the Sean "Ranch" Lough Memorial Scholarship. Go to the website for a full schedule of events. (Fair warning: tickets are sold out, but there's a waitlist.)
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.