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Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and celebrations are kicking off all around town.

Fiesta Gardens, the Mexican American Cultural Center and Sixth Street are all getting in on the action.

“We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo on West Sixth Street. We have a block where everyone can go from venue to venue and eat, drink and celebrate Cinco de Mayo,” Star Bar and Rattle Inn Co Owner Kevin Williamson said.

If you plan on staying in, YNN's Bonnie Gonzalez shares advice from expert bartenders for mixing festive cocktails for the weekend in the video above.

Check out a list of Cinco de Mayo festivities around Central Texas below:

Fiestas Patrias of Austin presents their 7th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration

When: May 5 and 6, noon – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Bergman Avenue, Austin, TX
There will be a $5 admission fee from 12 to 5 p.m. and an $8 fee from 5 p.m. to closing.
Website: Fiestaspatriasofaustin.org
Why: Fiestas Patrias began celebrating Cinco de Mayo in 2006, a commemoration of the Battle at Puebla in 1862, in which the Mexican militia was victorious over the French army that was invading the city at the time. They have also hosted an annual Dieciseis de Septiembre celebration since 1978. These celebrations are the effort of Fiestas Patrias to continue the Mexican-American traditions and recognize significant milestones in the history and heritage.

Once Fiestas Patrias received their non-profit status, they began supporting various programs for youth and the community. Over the past thirty years, Fiestas Patrias has provided Austin communities with over $500,000 in contributions for scholarships, youth programs and community projects.

Chuy's 29th Annual Hot to Trot 5K & Kid K

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7 a.m.
Where: Chuy's Arbor Trails in South Austin
Website: Chuys.com

Why: One of Austin's oldest races, the 29th Annual Chuy's Hot to Trot 5K & Kid K, benefiting Special Olympics Texas, features a fast, South Austin course; a Kid K where all kids 12 & under receive a medal when the cross the finish line; an appearance by Elvis; door prize drawings and free daycare. A bright green shirt featuring this year's Cinco de Mayo themed art is also included with registration.

5K divisions include a Fun Run and a Timed Run, where runners in age categories are eligible for prizes, including the coveted mil pescado fish trophy and a Chuy's gift certificate.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

When: SATURDAY, MAY 5TH, 6PM - 8PM
Tickets are $12
Where: 3010 Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78758 and 101 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Website: Fiestacincodemayo-es1.eventbrite.com
Why: Both our Anderson and Downtown location are celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a wonderful Tequila Tasting of three unique tequila brands per location! Sip, learn, and enjoy different Tequilas and savor Casa Chapala's delicious bocaditos (appetizers)!

Tacorama

When: May 5-12, 2012
Where: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street Austin, TX 78701
Website: Latinometro.com/tacorama
Why: TACORAMA, the 2012 Austin Taco Festival, will take place May 5-12, 2012 to raise awareness of hunger in the Latino community while celebrating Latino heritage, culture, music, art and…tacos! Proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Latinometro , the new Austin-focused website, has teamed up with community partners and media sponsors to present the city-wide festival, which will be an annual event.

Viva! Cinco de Mayo

When: May 5, Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. Downtown, Gates open at 10 a.m.
Admission: $2/ Under 12 are Free
Where: Hays County Civic Center
Website: TourSanMarcos.com

Why: This celebration of Hispanic heritage includes music, food, a parade, state championship menudo cook-off, folkloric dancers and a beauty pageant!

Cinco de Mayo Festival and Fundraiser

When:11 a.m.-Midnight, May 5
Where: Riverbend Park (Chuck Wagon Square), Smithville, TX 78957
$10 for Adults and children 13 & Up, Free for Children under 13
Website: Smithvilletimes.com
Why: Live Auction
Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Free Live Entertainment: Mariachi Performers, Ballet Folkloric Performance and several musical guests.
2 Performances by Asociacion de Charros y Escaramuza El Rosario (Mexico’s most traditional Horse Riding Sport with Spanish & European Roots)
15ft. Breakable Donkey Pinata (don’t miss out on the Biggest Breakable Pinata in Texas!) Come take a Whack!!
Free Bounce Houses/Jump Houses for children of all ages
Free Craft Center: Mini Pinata making, paper flower making and coloring center
Dunk Tank -Dunk our local Superintendent, teachers and school board members
Chihuahua Races and Costume Contest ($5 registration on-site)
Vendors selling unique items and so much more!

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