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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 5

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Cinco de Mayo: Salud! If you didn't have margaritas and tacos over the weekend, there are still plenty of events today. Cinco de Mayo at MacDinton's in Tampa: The SoHo hotspot celebrates happy hour with a Dos Equis bar, music, jalapeno-eating contest and free sombreros for the first 100 people, beginning at 5 p.m. $15. (813) 251-8999. Catrinas Cocina Y Galeria: The Tampa restaurant's staff and customers dress in traditional costumes and moustaches 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 attractions like the Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium and MOSI. Also the first 10,000 women into Sunday's Rays vs. Cleveland Indians game get 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 restaurants 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 this is more your speed as local restaurants' signature creations Saturday and Sunday are sold and served to the sounds of Pat Benatar, Bruce Hornsby and the Blues Brothers in St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Park. $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 for an obstacle course based on the hit TV show Saturday. $75-$150; $20 spectator. or

Of Montreal: The eccentric indie rock band will be joined by similarly psychedelic Boogarins from Brazil on Tuesday at St. Petersburg'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 gives free lessons to kids 5 to 11. Starting today, it runs Monday through Thursday until May 22. (727) 363-9264.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 5 05/04/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 4, 2014 7:30pm]
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