Galactic May the Fourth Celebrations at Cane Rosso. The "Star Wars"-crazed pizzeria likes to offer themed activities every year in celebration of Star Wars Day, and this year is no different. Cane Rosso will have food and drink specials like the Death Star Ravioli, Roni One pizza (double pepperoni and bacon marmalade), a red-and-black Sith S’mores Calzone and the debut of the Bantha Colada boozy ice cream cocktail. Show up in costume to receive 25 percent off your bill and mingle with some of Austin’s most devoted cosplayers. 5 to 10 p.m. May 4. Free. 4715 S. Lamar Blvd. #103, Sunset Valley. facebook.com/events/101057737429367/.
Pecan Street Festival. The biannual Austin tradition returns with 300 arts vendors, 30 food concessions, three stages of music, kids rides and a petting zoo, and so much more. You’ll be able to browse the artists’ offering original handcrafted creations, all in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 6. Free. Sixth Street Historic District. pecanstreetfestival.org.
Cinco de Mayo Hot Pepper Eating Contest. Are you prepared to step up to the plate and eat a bunch of hot peppers? The Cesar Chavez Street bar Craftsman is hosting a contest in which participants will have to eat each pepper, from mildest to hottest, and whoever can finish the hottest one first wins. (And you have to eat the entire pepper for it to count.) The winner gets a trophy, a $50 gift certificate to Craftsman and two tickets to a local distillery tour. There will also be food and drink specials, including margaritas. 1 to 4 p.m. May 5. Free. 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/773086282884930/.
Bidi Bidi Bom Brunch at the W Austin. The downtown hotel is hosting a Selena-themed brunch in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. In addition to what the W is calling "Selena-friendly beats" by DJ Buck Rodgers, the daytime festivities will include themed cocktails like the Como La Flor (Dulce Vida’s grapefruit tequila, rose liquor and lemonade) and Si Una Vez or Una Vez Mas (Dulce Vida’s pineapple jalapeño tequila, passion fruit, pineapple and lime). Reservations are recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5. 200 Lavaca St. facebook.com/events/2015882585404420/.
Derby Day at Domain Northside. It’s a Kentucky Derby party for the whole family. You can watch a live broadcast of the race on the Northside lawn while enjoying music, lawn games, a fascinator station, juleps and other beverages provided by Northside restaurant Culinary Dropout, and a best-dressed competition for both men and women. Dress to impress for the chance to win some pretty cool prizes, including a one-night stay at the Archer Hotel. 4 to 7 p.m. May 5. Free. Domain Northside, 11700 Domain Blvd. domainnorthside.com.
Four Seasons Austin’s 8th Annual Party for the Ponies. One of the city’s longest running Kentucky Derby events returns with ace-themed décor, live music, mint juleps, a Derby hat pop-up shop, costume contests and much more. One of the most popular activities of the day is the Hatbox pop-up that will have a large selection of traditional wide brim derby hats for the ladies, high-quality fascinators, panamas and other fashionable headwear sourced from around the world. Come dressed in your dapper best to win contests like Best Seersucker Suit and Best Hat. 2 to 6 p.m. May 5. $25. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. fourseasons.com/austin/dining/events-and-promotions/.