Cinco de Mayhem

Forget tequila shots and taco bars — Northeast gallery Co Exhibitions has a more interesting way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Step one: Get a bunch of Twin Cities artists to create nearly two dozen cardboard and papier-mâché piñatas shaped like everything from a baby seal to a DeLorean. Step two: Throw a party where people can try their hand at smashing said piñatas for the cost of a “Smash Ticket,” with proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Heartland food bank. Visual remixers Playatta are on hand for video fun and the Tangential’s Katie Sisneros hosts. (6-10 p.m. Sat. $4 with nonperishable food item, $10 without. Co Exhibitions, 1101 NE. Stinson Blvd., Mpls. Jahna Peloquin

Traffic Zone 20th anniversary

Twenty-two artists — painters, photographers, sculptors and conceptualists — will open their studios Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. for the 20th anniversary of Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art. (Free. 250 3rd Av. N., Mpls. Mary Abbe