Tacos, fast horses & Mom

COVINGTON, Ky. – It is the Triple Crown of weekends: Cinco de Mayo tonight, Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and Mother’s Day on Sunday.

In other words, tacos, tequila, horses, gambling, fancy hats, bourbon, and honoring the woman you owe EVERY. WONDERFUL. THING.

So if Monday rolls around and you sat on the couch all weekend with a “Law & Order” marathon, it’s not because there wasn’t anything else to do.

Are you ready to fiesta?

There’s plenty of Cinco de Mayo celebrating in The Cov today and even more tonight:

Taco Fuerte is serving $2 El Hefe tacos and FREE chips, so sprint over to Braxton’s Cinco de Mayo. … find Keystone Queso and half-price quesadillas at Keystone Bar & Grill. … find bouquets and birria tacos (and all range of tacos and other deliciousness, actually) when Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck pulls that fancy truck up to OLLA Taqueria for Cinco de Mayo Pop-Up at OLLA. … find Palomas, margaritas, and Nacho Average Taco booth at Cinco de Mayo at Covington Yard. … DJ AB is rocking the promenade at Frida 602. … find Margaritas and Bourbon Peach Punch at Agave & Rye. … and DJ Matt will be at Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Green House Bar.

Wise women come to ‘Roost’

Morning Happy Hour at The Roost Latonia on Friday is not about mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. No, what makes this hour “happy” is not libations, but rather a gathering of wise, dynamic women coming together for good conversation and equally good coffee, i.e. “networking.”

Dr. Angie Taylor, of Taylor Career Strategies (she’s got a 92% success rate helping people get promotions, raises, and new jobs), and Tess Burns, Major Gift Officer with Learning Grove and a “steward of stories,” are heading up, hosting, and spurring conversations.

In addition to vital conversations and caffeine, there’s good work to be done. Bring a donation of toothpaste, deodorant, feminine wipes, and/or lotion to donate to the Pink Link Project. It’s an initiative to reduce a barrier that some students face each month during their menstrual cycle, providing products for students who might not be able to afford or have access to what they need. Details at Morning Happy Hour at The Roost Latonia.

Pike Street games

Those pesky cars. Always taking up parking spaces.

Come Saturday, Renaissance Covington will claim three parking spaces along Pike Street and transform them into fun places to hang out and play games.

Corn hole, Connect 4, and Chess are going to take up those spaces throughout the day, so come test your strategic game-playing brilliance. Details at “Park(ing) Day.”

Cringe-worthy (in a good way)

What do you call “a nerdlesque, cosplay, drag show dedicated to all things cringey”! (Hmmm).

Hint: It includes the best of pop culture references, anime, TV/movies, and so much sobbing to My Chemical Romance? (What could it be?)

Why it’s “Cringefest” (of course)! And it’s at Pandemonium on Friday, presented by the Smoke & Queers Burlesque Troupe. Details at Smoke & Queers Cringefest.

And they’re off

Saturday is the 148th Run for the Roses, so break out your finery (fascinators, big-brimmed chapeaus, bowties, and seersucker) … pepper your sentences with words like “exacta,” “trifecta,” and “superfecta” … and look no farther than The Cov to find fascinating venues to place a bet, watch the race, and sip a mint julep.

This, the first Saturday of May, aka Kentucky Derby Day, there will be: Juleps and races all around (as in TV screens) for Derby Day at Covington Yard. …Live races and Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps all day for Derby Day at Molly Malone’s. … Rich’s Annual Derby Soiree at Rich’s Proper Food & Drink. … Floppy hats and seersucker attire at Derby Day Party at Keystone Bar & Grill. … and Kentucky Home Mint Julep Style Ale at Derby Day in the Covington Taproom at Braxton Brewing Co.

Bed of nails & cracking whips

Saturday will indeed be strange and unusual at Pandemonium in Latonia when – over the course of the day – you will find:

Artists and vendors lining the parking lot while DJ Graham plays in the Garage Door. … PB and J Circus with fire breathers, sword swallowers, and a bed of nails and whip cracking. … And live music with Sepia Heyday and Moon Cruiser.

Details at “Strange & Unusual” at Pandemonium.

Destination: ‘Musicville’

Get ready for an adventure with Maiden Melody and Radical Rhythm. They’ve been called on to save Musicville from the Sorcerer of Silence.

En route to the Castle of Composition, they’ll traverse the Desert of Doo-wop, the Ocean of Opera, and the Terrible Terrain of Tango.

As we all know, it’s never really about the destination, but rather the journey. Same goes for children’s musicals. In “Musicville, A New Children’s Musical” at The Carnegie this weekend, the lessons involve overcoming obstacles, teamwork, and, of course, some new tunes. Details at “Musicville.”

Celebrating Mom

Come Sunday, don’t subject Mom to your cooking.

Instead, let one of The Cov’s culinary venues prepare and serve the meal while you and your mom sit back, sip, relax, and dine. Bet after more than a few mimosas she will admit that you were always her favorite (just as you’d expected all along).

Where to go? Well, we’re sure there plenty of places, but on Facebook we found “Love you a Brunch” at Keystone Bar & Grill and Mother’s Day Buffet at Coppin’s at Hotel Covington.

Live music

There’s … Matt Waters at Keystone Bar & Grill tonight … Open Mic Night with Mara Moon at Pandemonium tonight … The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s tonight … Pickin’ Pear at Wunderbar on Saturday … Bluegrass Jam Session at Molly Malone’s on Sunday … and Rooftop Sessions at Braxton Brewing Co. on Sunday.


And then there’s … “Sonder” art exhibit at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center … Purr, Paint, Sip with Cats! At Purrfect Day Cat CafĂ© on Friday. … Jean Jacket Workshop at The Roost Latonia on Friday. … Covington Youth Soccer League at Austinburg Neighborhood Park on Saturday. … “In the Clouds” art project at The Carnegie on Saturday. … “A Thought is a River,” and “The Reds” exhibits at The Carnegie from Thursday through Saturday … and Covington Parks & Rec’s Urban Hike Series on Saturday.