Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Get Your Food, Art, and Party On This Weekend

This weekend is one of the busiest weekends Downtown Silver Spring has had so far this year with lots of events, festivities, and opportunities to roam the streets to all the wonted locales we stroll by day to day while consuming lots of great food and drink. All events are easily accessible/walkable from the Silver Spring Metro stop and there's free parking (still - phew!) after 6pm and on the weekends in nearby garages. 

Here's what's happening, in a nutshell:

Friday, May 4 - Downtown Silver Spring Cinco de Mayo Celebration Kickoff
The Fountain Plaza Stage
6:30pm - 8:30pm (*Note - Austin Grill will start the festivities at 5pm with tons of drink specials inside and outside on their patio.)
Featuring Grupo Latino Continental known more famously in Bogota, Cali, Cartagena, and Pereira in Columbia and throughout South America. Be ready to throw down all the dance moves you learned from re-watching "Along Came Polly", as this band plays lots of Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia. 

Ellsworth Drive
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Featuring handcrafted artwork from local, national, and international artists. You can find paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, etc. If it's an art form - it will be there. 

Saturday, May 5 - General Cinco de Mayo local bar & restaurant festivities

Fajita Coast - 1115 East-West Highway 
$3 drafts all day. More margaritas than you'll be able to handle. The sand/beach patio bar will be open in full effect. They expect to be CRAZY so get there early! 
Open at 11am.

Mi Rancho - 8701 Ramsey Avenue
Drink specials all day. Large outdoor terrace with full bar. 
Open at 11:30am.

Austin Grill - 919 Ellsworth Drive
Drink specials all day - discounts on margaritas. Small outdoor patio. Keep in mind the Fine Arts Festival will be right in that vicinity so plan accordingly for crowds. 
Open at 11am.

1pm - 5pm
Fenton Village - 8206 Fenton Street
Enjoy food and music from around the world.  24 restaurants represented at this year's event.
This is a GREAT opportunity to sample the neighborhood's cuisine walking just a few blocks. 
Silver Spring Speaks has a great article with tips on how it works, where to start, and how to most effectively get your eat on.

Saturday, May 6 - Flower Avenue Market
(This is an ongoing event through December 23)
9am - 4pm 
8809 Flower Avenue
As per their website,  it's great place to shop for antiques, art, collectibles, crafts, jewelry, home d├ęcor, clothing, accessories, books, gifts and all kinds of eye-opening finds. 

With all the Cinco de Mayo festivities and celebrations, I thought I'd include a little blurb on what it is that everyone's celebrating, dancing, or drinking about.  Cinco de Mayo is often incorrectly equated with "Mexican Independence Day".  But in actuality, it marks victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It's actually celebrated more widely in the US through Mexican-Americans and Chicano communities and the American celebrations are often bigger than those in Mexico. 

You can read and learn more about it on History.com.


  1. Where did you hear about Fajita Coast's deal? We went Saturday and asked about the specials, and were told that were none. My fault for sitting down before asking... and of course I ended up ordering plenty of Coronas anyway.

    Taste of the World, on the other hand, was awesome!

  2. I called! They also told me the patio bar would be open and it wasn't! They also were understaffed at about 4pm when I went and they only had 2 servers covering inside and out. #Fail