This Weekend in NYC: Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, this is setting up to be a weekend you’ll never forget (or remember, depending on your plans).

Cinco de Mayo

image via village voice

Before I toss out some ideas for Cinco de Mayo, can we take a look at the way this calendar year has fallen?

  • New Year’s Eve = a Saturday
  • St. Patrick’s Day = a Saturday
  • Cinco de Mayo = a Saturday

As I’ve mentioned before, Cinco de Mayo is Time Magazine’s 4th “drunkest holiday.” Well New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day are two of the three that are “drunker,” and they have all fallen on Saturday’s this year (thanks, in part, to the leap year).  Beer and liquor companies must be ecstatic about this.

Now, back to the point.  In NYC, there are plenty of things to do to celebrate, but I’m just going to make one recommendation: dinner.  Cinco de Mayo has become so commercialized by alcohol companies over the years that too many people think of it as an excuse to get recklessly drunk.  What’s the fun in that?  I say, head out to a nice Mexican restaurant, have a margarita and enjoy the night.  Here are a few that are worth checking out, courtesy of Village Voice.

MoMa Focus Features: 10th Anniversary Salute

Starting today at 4, and continuing into next week, MoMa will be featuring a film from the film companies first decade.  Films include Brokeback Mountain, The Pianist and The Constant Gardner.  This is a great way for the Museum of Modern Art to celebrate Focus Feature’s first decade, and should be a lot of fun to attend.

Frieze Art Fair

The Frieze Art Fair, which is normally held in London’s beautiful Regent’s Park (best park in London for my money, but what do I know, NYC’s my town) is coming to New York.  Opening Friday, the fair will be held under a tent on Randalls Island and feature “180 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries.”  If you’re in town this weekend, you should definitely drop in.  NYC has some incredible museums that stick around for longer than four days, but I think the Freize Art Fair is going to be something special this year.

And there you have it, three fun ideas for this weekend.  As always, if you have any questions or thoughts about activities in NYC, give us a tweet.  We will get back to you quickly with some more suggestions and advice.

Also, with the weather being beautiful this weekend, I think an open-top double-decker bus tour may be in order, no?  Yeah.

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