The sun is finally shining in Boston, and hopefully, that put a little extra pep in your step as you headed out the door this Monday morning. The end of the weekend and start of the work week still got you down? Cheer up, it’s Cinco de Mayo, and that means you’re entitled to a post-work margarita – and luckily, there’s much more happening in the city to keep you busy.

Here’s what else is going on this week in Boston to help you get psyched it’s spring.


Drinko de Mayo at Howl at the Moon – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Howl at the Moon – Boston’s dueling piano bar will be getting in the Cinco de Mayo spirit on Monday with $20 86 oz. Mega Margaritas and more drink specials from Jose Cuervo and Dos Equis, as well as festive piano duels.

Free Tacos – 5 to 10 p.m. – Tryst – Score a free taco on Cinco de Mayo at Tryst in Arlington. With the purchase of a Habanero Lime Margarita ($13), guests will receive a free pork confit taco with chili spiced pineapple slaw.

11th Annual Celebrity Poker Party – 6 to 10:30 p.m. – Revere Hotel Boston – Pitching in for Kids is hosting its 11th annual celebrity poker party tonight, with 2013 World Series Champ Will Middlebooks, Jon Lackey and friends for an evening of poker that will raise money for Pitching in for Kids.

Pretty Little Petit Fours with Pastry Chef Lauren Krosser – 6 to 9 p.m. – BCAE – Part of BCAE’s Celebrity Chef Series, join Eastern Standard’s Pastry Chef Lauren Krosser for a night of baking lessons to make your own petit fours. The class is $60 for members, $70 for non-members, plus $15 for materials.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – 8 p.m. to midnight – The Beehive – Mariachi and Telemundo superstar Veronica Rubles will be bringing her talents for a set at The Beehive in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant will also be serving inspired dishes and cocktail specials starting at 4 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi Internacional – 8 p.m. to midnight – Get your La Cucaracha on at the Beat Hotel on Cinco de Mayo with nine-piece band Mariachi Internacional. Starting at 4 p.m., drink and food specials with Mexican flair will be served to accompany the night’s music.

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer Fundraiser – May 5 to May 11 – Participating restaurants – The 15th annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer fundraiser kicks off this week, when chefs and pastry chefs from participating restaurants, bakeries, food trucks and more will be baking specialty desserts to raise money for breast cancer research and care. Find out where you can find the desserts here.


Penner-Ash Wine Cellars Dinner – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Legal Sea Foods Park Square – Head to Legal Sea Foods in Park Square on Tuesday night for a four-course wine dinner hosted by Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash, winemakers and proprietors at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. Dishes include bacon-wrapped scallops, mahi mahi and cedar plank salmon, all paired with Penner-Ash wines. Reservations are $85 per person.

Brugal Rum Tasting – May 6 to May 8 – The Cyclorama – Brugal is hosting a #RUMREDEFINED tasting event this week at The Cylcorama, to introduce its rums to the Boston drinkers. The event is free, all you have to do is sign up for one of the multiple 1-hour sessions Tuesday through Thursday in advance.


Benefit for the Families of Fallen Firefighters – 6:30 p.m. – Davio’s – Boston restaurants are teaming up to raise money in support of the families of the firefighters, Lt. Edward Walsh, Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who lost their lives in the Beacon Street fire in March. This tasting event will feature bites and drinks from 25 restaurants including Grill 23, Cinquecento, Il Casale, Row 34, Trade and more. Tickets are $200 and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the victims’ families.

Tobey Grey + American Camp Association Exclusive Night of Shopping – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Tobey Grey – The American Camp Association of New England, which raises money for kids in need to go to summer camp, is hosting an exclusive shopping event this Wednesday at Tobey Grew in Newton. Come for a night of 25 percent off shopping with live music, complimentary cocktails, treats and a raffle. Tickets are $30.

Annual Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contest Finals – 9 p.m. – El Pelon – Throughout April, many have attempted El Pelon’s habanero pepper eating contest, and now the qualifying brave souls are headed back for the final challenge. The hot chili pepper eating contest crank up the heat this Wednesday at El Pelon in Fenway, with the winner earning a free burrito every day for a year. Free to attend.


2nd Annual Salute for Our Heroes – 5 to 8 p.m. – MJ O’Connor’s Park Plaza – One year after the 2013 Boston Marathon aftermath, join Dic Donahue, Carlos Arredondo and Harvard Dangerfield for an evening at MJ O’Connor’s to honor the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings. The night will benefit the 100 Club of Massachusetts and Lieutenant Walsh – Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund, and will be hosted by comedian Stephen Donovan. The suggested donation is $20, and there will be a raffle as well as live and silent auctions. Plus, everyone who attends will be entered to win two tickets to the Beyonce and Jay Z summer concert at Gillette.

BostInno de Mayo – 6 to 10 p.m. – Tia’s – Join the BostInno team (and yours truly) at Tia’s on Thursday for a festive Cinco de Mayo party, doubling as a summer tech kickoff party on the Waterfront. Limited drink tickets will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Free tickets are sold out, but you can purchase a $28 ticket in support of event sponsor TUGG. Ticket purchasers will receive a Rightside T-shirt.

Kitchen Kibitz Cinco de Mayo Pop Up – 7 to 9 p.m. – Olé – The Kitchen Kibitz is taking their next pop-up dinner to Olé, where there will be Mexican-Jewish fare served with margaritas to sip. Think dishes like Mexican challah, gefilte fish a la verecruzana, pozole matzoball soup, beef tongue tacos and more. Tickets are $75, and the meal is not kosher.

Hopster’s 2nd Tap Takeover – 7 p.m. to close – Hopster’s Brew and Boards – After a successful first event, Clown Shoes will be taking over the taps at Hopster’s. They’ll be pouring exclusive brews and giving fans the chance to participate in the brewing of a rare recipe with the Clown Shoes head brewer. There will be 10 rare Clown Shoes beers available, and the first 25 who register will get to help brew Hoppy Feet Black IPA. Tickets to brew are $99; free to spectate.

Keytar Bear Fundraiser – 7 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. – Middle East Downstairs – This fundraiser is being held after Keytar Bear was attacked while performing in Boston, to help pay for his bills and show what he means to the city. Ticket sales and donations will be sent to the artist. Tickets are $10.

6th Annual Women in Comedy Festival – May 8 to May 11 – Various locations – Women in comedy will take over the city this weekend with multiple performances featuring headlining names and up and coming acts. Maria Bamford, Amy Sedaris and more will take stages around Boston, as well as perform special Mother’s Day shows. More info and tickets can be found here.

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