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4 fine things to do in May

Add a little merriment to your life this month and celebrate all the imaginative happenings that make Western New York unique. From a whimsical fairy festival to a transcendent opera performance, these events are sure to be magical.

May 4: Buffalo Taco & Margarita Fest

Registration/map distribution at Falley Allen, 204 Allen St., Buffalo, from 3-5:30 p.m.
Admission: $25; Event is 21 and over.

Get a jump-start on Cinco de Mayo and hit the streets en masse during this first-ever tour of eight bars and restaurants serving up festive fare and signature margs. Participants with wristbands will enjoy $2, $3 and $4 specials at designated stops. See what your favorite spots have in store and uncover some unexpected surprises. (Contact: 315-416-7108;

May 12: Spring Makers + Shakers Boozy Artisan Market

Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St., Buffalo; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 pre-sale; $8 at the door.

A little shopping. A little sipping. Repeat. Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Roughly 50 locally owned shops will be selling their wares within the confines of the beautiful Hotel @ The Lafayette. Enjoy free wine and spirits samples as you peruse the merchandise and be sure to head to the build-your-own Bloody Mary and Bubbly bars for some additional luscious libations. (261-9111;

May 16: Bid to Build

The Foundry, 298 Northampton St., Buffalo; 6 to 9 p.m.
Admission: $35; raffle tickets, $25

Support the ultimate makers’ mecca at The Foundry’s annual fundraiser featuring live and silent auction showcasing handmade items by artists in residence. Enjoy great food and drink from local restaurants, watch hands-on demonstrations, punch the prize wall and purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a Martin House-inspired walnut bicycle. Auction profits will help The Foundry increase neighborhood prosperity by empowering individuals through education and entrepreneurship. (885-1381;

May 24 & 26: Verdi’s “La Traviata”

Villa Maria College Theatre, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo
May 24 at 7 p.m.; May 26 at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $42

Nickel City Opera will stage a full-scale production of one of the best-loved operas of all time, complete with orchestra, costumes, sets and a phenomenal cast that includes renowned opera singers from across the U.S. and Canada, alongside incomparable local talent. Follow this story of a glamourous Parisian courtesan. (861-3071;

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