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Weekend Planner May 5–8: Cinco de Mayo and Mothers Day

Here's what's happening in and around Carmichael this weekend.

The sound of musica is in the air! Check out the various fiestas and events in Carmichael and Sacramento in honor of Cinco de Mayo and Mothers Day.

The May 5 holiday celebrates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over the French at Puebla, Mexico, about 100 miles east of Mexico City.

In the spirit of Rodgers and Hammerstein, here are some more of our favorite things: Live mariachis and fresh margaritas, mingling with many señores y señoritas, Mother's Day outings, there's so much to do—these activities have been picked just for you!

1. Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Where/When:, Thursday 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Why Go: The party starts early here, so come on by for food and drink specials, including $2.50 Coronas and $5 margaritas, face painting and a good time for all—don't forget your sombrero!

Pricing: Varies depending on what you order.

2. Cinco de Mayo Party

Where/When: , Thursday 5 to 10 p.m.

Why Go: Beer and taco specials along with festive Mexican music will fill your belly with deliciousness and make you feel like dancing, so be sure to stop by after el trabajo y unwind with your amigos—olé!

Pricing: Varies depending on what you order.

Other Carmichael Cinco deals include:

- has a menu including handmade tortillas, $2 draft Modelo beers and will have live music from Javier Ceballos and Alejandro Jimenez.

- has $5 margaritas and a menu that includes taco salads and burritos.

- (which means "the happy chicken") has a menu that inlcudes barbecue chicken for $7.49.

- has drink specials including beers for $3.25 and Cazadores tequila shots for $4.

3. Cinco de Mayo Event

Where/When: Ernesto's Mexican Food, Sacramento, Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight.  Mariachi music begins at 8:30 p.m. all three nights.

Why Go: This Sacramento staple is one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in town and they know how to celebrate: A three-day event filled with food and drink specials and live mariachi music awaits you—muy bien!

Pricing: Varies depending on what you order.

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4. Mother's Day Brunch

Where/When: , Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why Go: Show the lady who does it all for you and your family how special she is by giving her a day out of the kitchen. Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, cinnamon challah French toast, smoked salmon, salads, antipasto and desserts are just a sampling from the scrumptious Mother's Day menu, topped off with a flute of Champagne or a fruity mimosa.  Make your reservations today.

Pricing: $24.95 per adult/$10.95 for children under 10.

5. Mother's Day Dinner

Where/When: , Sunday 5 until 8:30 p.m.

Why Go: Treat your mom to a fancy night out of French and New American cuisine served in an elegant atmosphere.  She'll ooh and ah over special dishes like seared venison flank steak and apricot crême brulée—make your reservation today.

Pricing: $55 for the Prix-Fixe five-course menu.

We know you have your favorites that we missed. So share the goodness in our comment box below.

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Carmichael Patch editor Victor Calderon contributed to this report.

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