Wanna celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the observance of the date of a great battle victory that only managed to delay — not stop — the French invasion of Mexico? (Contrary to popular believe, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated here more than in Mexico, and it is not the date of Mexico's actual independence, which is September 16.) The Hut offers 2-for-1 specials on Corona, Landshark and Bud Light, Margarita pitcher and food specials, live music by Spy v. Spy, games and prizes, jalepeno eating contests and more. 4-11 p.m., The Hut Channelside, 514 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $5, 813-307-6395. Casa Tina presents a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta featuring the 12-piece Orquesta Infinidad, salsa dancing and lessons, performances by Clearwater's Dance and Circus Arts, a Sombrero Fashion Contest, and a food tent with specials on ceviche, quesadillas, margaritas, sangria, mojitos and beer. 5-11 p.m., Casa Tina, 369 Main St., Dunedin, free admission, 727-734-9226. And Red Mesa Cantina hosts a happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offers $3 margaritas, domestic and import beer bucket specials, tequila tastings, and music in the garden by live Mariachi band Invasor de Mexico, and Roberto Debourg and the Flats. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Red Mesa, 128 Third St. S., downtown St. Petersburg, 727-896-8226.
A collaboration between artists Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten and Leslie Fry culminates with STEPS TO HOPE: a visual art project, an Austria-U.S. exhibition and special cross-cultural reception that features guest speakers (like Andreas Stadler, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York), Austrian and American food and drink, videos, dance, a raffle, interactive games and social networking opportunities. 6 p.m., The [email protected], St. Petersburg, free admisssion.