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Fiesta Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park

Event and festival season is in full effect and this weekend’s no different. Similar St. Patrick’s Day, everyone seems to find an ounce of Mexican blood in them and desires to celebrate Cinco de Mayo – just please don’t fall into the trap of calling it Mexican Independence Day.

courtesy, W Hotels
courtesy, W Hotels

My friend Vincent will again be hosting a fun event that combines fashion, lovable pooches & charity with the annual Doggies on the Catwalk event at the W Hotel in Buckhead. Local celebrities and canines will be strutting down the catwalk to benefit the 1873 society at the Atlanta Humane Society. The event takes place on Friday, May 3 and details can be found on Fashionado.

Delightful treats from CamiCakes
Delightful treats from CamiCakes

The crowds have spoken and my friend Shameeka, better known as The Broke Socialite, is once again hosting her dessert extravaganza, The Sugar Coma Festival. She’s tapped baking blogger and best seller Bakerella, of Cake Pops fame to join in the fun, who will greet fans and sign cookbooks — get there early! Throughout the years, I’ve met many fantastic bakers who I’ve met through the various iterations of the Sugar Coma tours and festivals. I first met Taria Camerino there years ago who now runs the pastry program a Ford Fry’s Rocket Farm restaurants, became intimate with the many flavors of High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet (recently featured in the Dean & Deluca catalog and Oprah magazine) among others. Tickets for the afternoon event on May 5th are going fast, pick one up at the festival’s site.

Beer! Photo taken at Hotoberfest
Beer! Photo taken at Hotoberfest

Last year, I had hoped to attend an event celebrating items I love – high gravity beer and hip hop, but sadly it wasn’t in the cards. I’m happy to report that High Gravity Hip Hop is back again this year with a Cinco de Mayo themed event and I’m looking forward to dropping by. If you want a taste of the high energy event, be sure to check out last year’sĀ video. The event kicks off on May 5th at 3pm and includes music, the aforementioned craft beer, and even wine & margaritas if beer isn’t your thing. The tastings are all included, so I’d certainly hope that you give a few beers a taste – you might surprise yourself. They’ve added a live salsa band to the mix, salsa lessons, food and even a mechanical bull to the mix this year, tickets can be purchased over at HGHH.

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Fiesta Atlanta

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If you’d prefer to stick to the traditional – mariachi bands & authentic Mexican food in a family friendly environment, give Fiesta Atlanta a try. It’s held on May 5th downtown at Centennial Olympic Park. You’ll find a fair share of corporations pushing their brands, but it keeps the event free and its chock full of entertainment all day long. Check out the Fiesta Atlanta site for the full run down. Whatever you choose to do, please drink responsibly!

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