TV star, Emmy Award winner, New York Times Bestselling Author and businessman Mario Lopez, presents his own twist on Cinco de Mayo, and is throwing a party -- Cinco de Mario -- at Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza Sat., May 5 from 11am-6pm.
“I’m inviting all of Arizona to this fantastic fiesta. If you’re like me, you work hard, play hard, and love to enjoy good food and drinks with friends and family, and Cinco de Mario is the place to do just that. I’ll be there, so let’s have a good time,” said Lopez.
Lopez is known by millions for his role as A.C. Slater on the pop culture hit, “Saved by the Bell.” Currently, he hosts celebrity news show, “Extra,” iHeart radio’s “On With Mario,” and “Candy Crush” on CBS, a televised game show based on the popular online game.
Sponsored by the City of Scottsdale and Experience Scottsdale, Cinco de Mario offers something for everyone including:
Authentic Mercado. Attendees can shop for Mexican gourmet goods in a farmer’s market-like setting featuring a handmade tortilla station, carne and pollo asada stations, ceviche bar, a salsa section, and desserts as well as arts, crafts, and local artists painting new and unique pieces live onsite.
“Saved By The Bell” Look-a-Like Contest. Attendees are encouraged to impress “A.C. Slater” himself with their dimples and costumes resembling beloved characters from the ‘90s hit TV show. Winners of the contest will receive tickets to screenings of “Extra TV,” “Ellen,” “Steve Harvey,” or other popular shows.
The Mansion VIP Tent. Enjoy the Kentucky Derby in a special Derby-themed VIP tent, complete with Mint Juleps, screening of the historic races, and a Churchill Downs vibe.
Vino Rosé Experience. Sip samples of the best rosé wine in a fun and casual environment. A tasting pass is $20 for 8 samples.
Hopping Around Experience. Sample delicious craft beer, play a game of cornhole and take in the event from the Hopping Around tent. A tasting pass is $20 for 8 samples.
Live Entertainment. Attend a hilarious Cholofit Yoga class by comedian Franky Quinones, whose YouTube series “Cholofit Workout” has garnered over 2 million views. Plus, local musicians take the stage throughout the day culminating in a national music act hosted by actor, taco shop owner, and now donut impresario, Danny Trejo.
Kids Zone. The Kids Zone features a craft area, where kids can learn the fine art of making papel picado, jump on rides, and play games.
Tickets. Get your tickets here!! General Admission is $20 online in advance, $30 at the gate. The Mansion VIP tickets are $100 online in advance and include 5 drink tickets, private bar, upgraded food available for purchase, lounge furniture and upgraded restrooms. VIP + Mario Meet-and-Greet tickets are $250 online in advance and include a Meet-and-Greet with Mario Lopez, complementary drinks and food, high end lounge furniture and upgraded restrooms. Kids 12 and under are free.