Cinco de Mayo officially marks the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. History.com tells us Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. The United States observes May 5 as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. This year Cinco de Mayo is First Friday, too! This month's Art Walk is planned with a bit of a kick.
Downtown Topeka is hosting a Salsa Walk! More than 15 retailers are serving homemade salsa. In the Westar Pocket Park (800-block of Kansas Avenue) you will find 785 Big Band playing from 6-8 p.m.
Several shops have highlighted activities.
- Leaping Llamas - felting artist for textile exploring
- NexLynx Gallery of Arts - featuring artist Linda Ross Asbury
- CULTivate - face art, food trucks, open mic and Cypher, a DJ
- Hazel Hill - chocolate salsa (yes, that’s right)
Across the river, NOTO will buzz as usual, with a little extra flair!
Justica Inc. is celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Ballet Folklorico de Topeka from 4-11 p.m. Live entertainment will wow the crowd with performances by Ballet Folklorico de Topeka, Mariachi Habanero, Ric Barron Band and Jr. Vargas y Pacante.
Mexican food is available from vendors along with arts and crafts. Tantalize your taste buds during the tequila tasting (must be 21+). Nonalcoholic beverages are available as well.
May 5 th isn’t the only time Topeka celebrates Mexican culture though.
The 84th annual Fiesta Mexicana is July 11-15. During this time, Our Lady of Guadalupe will serve up a whole lot of food, fun and festivities! Even if you don’t ride the carnival rides or buy from the vendors, the food is amazing.
September 16 the Kansas Mariachi Festival returns! There will, of course, be tequila, mariachi bands and food trucks. Last year The Rhythm of Oakland kept the crowd dancing during the street party in front to TPAC until 11 p.m.