Outdoor festivals offer all the merriment of indoor celebrations, but without the constant threat of plummeting ceiling fans. Make merry in open air with today's Groupon: for $10, you get four one-day tickets to Tampa's 2011 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (a $20 value), presented by the Bay Area Renaissance Festival on the Renaissance Festival Grounds at MOSI. The festival takes place 3 p.m.–10 p.m., May 5–7. Parking and admission for children under 12 is free.
Tampa's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a cultural cornucopia celebrating the Mexican holiday with music, dancing, food, activities, children's attractions, and a car and motorcycle show. Follow the incipient online schedule—or flip through the Facebook page—for the still-developing calendar, which includes events such as salsa-dancing lessons, a tongue-tickling chili contest, and the glamorous Miss Tampa Latina pageant. During the daily happy hour 3 p.m.–6 p.m., thirsty guests can enjoy one free beer. Take in a salsa lesson, then meander over to the other salsa camp, where recently steadied shoulders will be tested against fiery tortilla-toppers at the salsa tasting station. While proud car owners buff their road babies for Friday's car and motorcycle show, their flesh-based brood can clamber (supervised) through the children's area and carnival rides.
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