Tres de Mayo

When: Sat., May 3, 12 p.m. 2014

The calendar made a major party foul this year by putting Cinco de Mayo on a Monday, but the Saturday before it offers Nashvillians plenty of ways to salute the Mexican Army’s defeat of French invaders at Puebla on May 5, 1862. Many options involve fermented cactus and complimentary tortilla chips, but some of our favorites also include fine local music selections at three different outdoor festivals. Starting at 11 a.m., the two music stages at Sevier Park Fest in 12South offer a mix of new faces and Scene favorites such as Brandy Clark, Scale Model and Magnolia Sons. The weekly Musicians Corner festival kicks off its spring run in Centennial Park with high-profile sets from Holly Williams, Jars of Clay, The David Mayfield Parade and more; gates open at noon and music starts at 1:30 p.m. Last but certainly not least — as any event starting at noon and offering unlimited margarita samples from 40 vendors must be — Tres de Mayo at Riverfront Park offers two stages showcasing local female-fronted bands, including soul priestess Alanna Royale, psych-pop sister act Oh Dang Lo Mein, and many more. STEPHEN TRAGESER

Price: $40-$80

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