Local celebrations with style

Not that there’s ever a wrong time to sip a stellar margarita, but with Cinco de Mayo—in the U.S., at least—practically built on the idea of Mexican food and drink, we’re especially inclined to imbibe this weekend. That said, don’t waste your time slamming fruity sugar water mixed with tequila at some of the city’s more raucous bars. Instead, opt for a more refined way to enjoy this south-of-the-border holiday. Here are a few picks for activities this weekend.

Today through May 8, the Short North Trolley Co. is reviving its Cinco de Mayo Trolley Crawl after a successful first run last year. The two-hour pub cruise is BYOB (no glass containers; outside drinks not allowed in individual bars) and leaves from North High Brewing periodically beginning at 5 p.m. Public cruise tickets are $32–$36, or grab 14 of your closest friends to book a private cruise ($379–$449, $20 extra for each person over 15).

Commercial test kitchen 1400 Food Lab is hosting a Mexican street food party. There, chef Alex Flores of Pibil Columbus will whip up tostadas, tacos, esquites and other street food faves from 1–3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $40.

Take your pup to any local Mutts & Co. store this Sunday from noon–3 p.m. to treat your furry friend to a free doggy taco. For humans, they’ll have margarita mocktails to sip as you shop.

Sunday evening, the Westerville Symphony presents “¡Cinco de Mayo!” featuring music by Mexican composers in its Masterworks series on Sunday at 5 p.m. Led by conductor Peter Stafford Wilson, the concert takes place at Fritsche Theatre at Otterbein University (30 S. Grove St., Westerville). Tickets are $25.

Cap off a fun day with a Cinco de Mayo Glow Run at Creekside Park. Sponsored by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation, this 3-mile glow run will feature glowstick-illuminated trails along Big Walnut Creek, plus a post-race party  at Creekside with live music. The race starts at 9 p.m., with the party going to 11 p.m. Registration is $30.

Busy on Sunday? Keep the celebration going Tuesday, May 7, with 101 Beer Kitchen’s Cinco de Mayo pairing dinner. Expect traditional Latino and Mexican-inspired dishes like ceviche, street corn, flautas and more. The $65 ticket includes six courses, six beverages, tax and gratuity; dinner is from 6:30–8:30 p.m.