Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Cinco de Mayo Salud! If you didn't have margaritas and tacos this weekend, there still are plenty of events today. MacDinton's: The SoHo hotspot celebrates happy hour with a Dos Equis bar, music, jalapeno-eating contest and free sombreros for the first 100 people. $15. (813) 251-8999. Catrinas Cocina Y Galeria: The Tampa restaurant's staff and customers dress in traditional costumes and mustaches for this celebration with drink specials and mariachis . (813) 251-4604.

Mother's Day Don't forget mom Sunday, when there are plenty of buy-one-ticket, mom-gets-in-free promotions at local attractions like Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium and MOSI. Also the first 10,000 women into Sunday's Rays vs. Cleveland Indians game receive a free Rays sun hat .

Food and Dining

Mac & Cheese Throwdown Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proves he's the cheesiest, but in a good way, as he hosts local eateries competing to make the ultimate comfort food Saturday in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park. Admission is free, and mac samples are five for $10.

Taste of Pinellas Or maybe local restaurants' signature creations Saturday and Sunday to the sounds of Pat Benatar, Bruce Hornsby and the Blues Brothers in St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Park is more your speed. $22.50 advance, $25 at the gate; $75 VIP.

Date night

Chelsea Handler We can only hope the comedian/talk show host's tiny sidekick Chuy will appear with her Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $66.25-$96.25. (727) 791-7400.

Walking Dead Escape Tour Let makeup pros at the USF Sun Dome transform you into a walking corpse "survivor" for an obstacle course based on the hit TV show Saturday. $75-$150; $20 spectator. ticketmaster.com or thewalkingdeadescape.com.

Of Montreal The eccentric indie-rock band will be joined by similarly psychedelic Boogarins from Brazil on Tuesday at St. Peterburg's State Theatre. $17-20. (727) 895-3045.

Kids and family

National Train Day Choo-choo lovers celebrate at Tampa's historic Union Station with railroad equipment on display, live music, model railroad exhibits, food trucks and a history program. Free.

Every Child a Swimmer This annual program at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center lets kids 5-11 get free swim lessons. Starting today, it runs Monday through Thursday until May 22. (727) 363-9264.

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Find plenty of events and adventures on Things To Do at tampabay.com/ things-to-do. Read all about Tampa Bay concert news on Soundcheck at tampabay.com/blogs/soundcheck.

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