The fifth of May used to be just another day for most of Oklahoma. Now, it’s a special time to celebrate with family and friends the diversity of our state and the traditions of our Mexican-American brethren.
Viva Sabor (or Long Live Taste) returns. The Greater OKC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents the annual affair at the Harn Homestead Museum, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd., with wine and food from OKC area restaurants for today's networking professionals. Make new contacts, new friends or just savor OKC's culinary diversity from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Tickets start at $30. Call 405.616.5031 to register or learn more about available sponsorships. More can be found at www.okchispanicchamber.org.
The Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gets into the fun, too, with a three-day festival at the Imperio Event Center, 14009 E. 21st St. The Cinco de Mayo Festival is open 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 3; 1-10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and noon-9 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Join the anticipated 15,000 expected to participate with great entertainment by local and regional musicians, art and food at this family event (which is also free). Read more about the bands and events at www.tulsahispanicchamber.com.
El Guapo’s Cinco de Mayo Street Party celebrates both Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, from noon-midnight. The street near the Blue Dome District cantina, 202 S. Elgin St., will be blocked off for an outdoor stage with live music, food, a margarita bar, beer trucks and more. Find out the rest at www.facebook.com/elguapostulsa.
Elote’s Cinco de Mayo Weekend Street Festival stops traffic on Boston Avenue for two days in Tulsa’s Deco District. Elote Café & Catering, 514 S. Boston Ave., hosts luchador matches, soccer games, food trucks, kids’ activities, live music and, of course, great margaritas and beer. Look for it from noon-2 a.m. Saturday, May 4, and from noon-10 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Learn more at www.facebook.com/elotecafe.
On Sunday only, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame celebrates with Festival del Cinco de Mayo, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St. Grupo Salsabor and Mundi Live lend their sounds while the Tulsa Folkloric Dance Theater provides the traditional dances. Tickets are $5-$20, available at www.myticketoffice.com.