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Cuatro De MayoSalsa dancing in the street, performance art and video projection onto the walls of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
This isn’t your typical Cinco de Mayo celebration – this is Cuatro de Mayo and it’s all about arts and culture.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and First Friday, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center (ALAC) will bring together art, dancing, games and a celebration of Mexican culture at the Cuatro de Mayo Street Celebration on Adams Street between 1st and 2nd streets from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The evening’s entertainment includes a performance from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli at 6:30 p.m., an hour-long, free salsa lesson from Anthony Estrada and Audrey Atkerson at 8 p.m. and open-to-all salsa dancing in the street to DJ VRoc until 11 p.m.
But dancing isn’t the only feature.
In conjunction with the 2nd Annual Latina Art Exhibition and Festival at ALAC, art will spill out of the gallery and into Adams Street. Look for a digital art projection from local artist Carlos Rivas onto the walls of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix starting at dusk, chalk and sidewalk art, and live, outdoor painting sessions from local artists.
The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. with a Pop-Up Park from the Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors. Skip the traffic and start your First Friday revelry early with CornBag, basketball, board games and Frisbee all to the kicking jams of DJ Sean Watson.
This family friendly event will feature food and drink specials from Steve’s Greenhouse Grill and Networks Bar & Grill.