Cinco de Mayo is coming up and bars and restaurants are busy prepping for the parties and festivals all around the valley.
The holiday celebrates the Mexican army’s defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is often incorrectly associated with Mexico’s independence, which is actually celebrated in the month of September.
If you are looking for a tasty margarita and a great place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here is a list of several festivals and restaurant block parties happening around town.
Cinco de Mario
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
TV star Mario Lopez is throwing the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party in Scottsdale that will have a little something for everyone. Attendees can enjoy Mexican gourmet goods at the authentic Mercado, sip at the Rosé Wine Garden and enjoy mouthwatering beer at the Craft Beer Cantina. Live entertainment will take place throughout the entire day and will also feature a kid’s zone. But you do not want to miss the “Saved by the Bell” lookalike contest. General admission tickets are $15 online in advance, $20 at the gate. The Mansion VIP tickets are $100 online in advance and include five drink tickets, a private bar, upgraded food available for purchase, upgraded restrooms and more. If you want to meet Mario, you can purchase VIP Mario Meet-and-Greet tickets are $200 online in advance that includes a meet-and-greet with Lopez, complimentary drinks and food, upgraded restrooms and more. Kids 12 and under are free.
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
Sunday May 6th
12pm to 10pm
100 W. Washington Street, Phoenix AZ
2018 will be Phoenix’s 25th year holding an official Cinco De Mayo celebration with food, lots of alcoholic beverages, traditional artwork and music, and scholarship raffles for students.
Ray Arvizu is credited for making the first Phoenix festival happen near Washington Street in 1993.
At only $5 admission before 5pm, patrons for the 2018 Cinco De Mayo will be feauturing musical guests and 6 time Grammy Award winners Ozomatli, as well as Latin Breed, El Chicano and Tierra. After 5pm the admission is increased to $10. Children 10 and under enter for free. You’ll also find a variety of mariachi bands thrown into the mix.
If you get hungry 125 foot burritos will be served by Macayo’s cut at a dollar per slice. There will be 40+ vendors with other items as well.
Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Partake in tequila tastings, $3 Sesion Cervezas from Full Sail Brewing Co. and a $6 one-day-only specialty cocktail, featuring Jose Cuervo Traditionale. Evening guests can enjoy an additional dose of Mexican music and culture with live mariachi musicians hitting the scene from 6 until 8 p.m.
Cinco de Derby at Ocean Prime on
Saturday, May 5 at 5 p.m.
Two reasons to celebrate – Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby both fall on Saturday, May 5. Ocean Prime will feature two themed cocktails in the lounge for the special price of $14 each.
12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Lunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night happy hour. Happy hour will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and late-night happy hour will be available from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Premier Cru Margaritas all day for just $5.
“Cinco de Sausage” Brat Haus
Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Old Town Scottsdale
All-day food specials that are not to miss. Celebrate happy hour all day with $7 Mexican mule drinks and New Belgium’s brand new Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza on tap for $6 for a 10-oz. Enter into a drawing for $50 gift card to Brat Haus.
Cinco de Mayo at Tavern Americana
May 5th – 3 to 7 p.m.,
Join in the fun for a variety of food and drink specials, include street corn, Mexican street tacos, taco pizza, house margaritas and much more.
“Cinco de Camp” Camp Social
Saturday, May 5th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The day will feature drink specials and specialty food items. The Campo de Mayo fiesta features live music until 8 p.m. when the DJ turns up the heat on Camp at night until closing time.
Macayo Mexican Restaurant
May 1 to May 5
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are going on all week that include specials of $8.99 Mexican flag chimi, $10.49 Pollo Blanco burro and a variety of drink deals.
Cinco de Mayo Bash Old Town Gringos
Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to close.
The restaurant will feature $5 Pacifico and Modelo Especial drafts and $6 OTG house margaritas featuring Jose Cuervo Tradicional in addition to onsite giveaways and live music all day long.
Cinco De Mayo at Arcadia Tavern
Saturday, May 5
Come by for their delicious enchilada plate that features three enchiladas, rice and beans for $13.95 (cheese) or $14.95 (chicken or beef). In addition, all Mexican beers in a bottle will be $3 and house margaritas for $5.
Cinco de Mayo with Sandbar
May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m
Chandler and Sandbar Desert Ridge locations
Celebrate with tequila, tacos, Mexican beer and margaritas all day. Both locations will feature live performances and will collect canned food to donate to local food banks. For every can donated on Cinco de Mayo, Sandbar will match with a $1 donation to a local food bank. Sandbar Mexican Grill will match all canned food donations on Cinco de Mayo up to $5,000.
To celebrate their five-year anniversary and Cinco de Mayo, join in for 5 Days, 5 Deals!
Tuesday, May 1: $2 tacos
Wednesday, May 2: 20 percent Off To-Go Orders
Thursday, May 3: All-Day Happy Hour
Friday, May 4: $4 Margaritas
Saturday, May 5: $5 Flapjacks, smothered in butter and 100 percent maple syrup
Cinco de Mayo Someburros’ Multi-day Celebration
Tuesday, May 1, through Saturday, May 5th
Cinco de Mayo specials include the following;
Tuesday, May 1 – $2 Taco Tuesday (Valid for shredded beef, shredded chicken and ground beef and potato tacos only)
Wednesday, May 2 – $6 Pollo Fundidos
Thursday, May 3 – #TBT $2.50 Bean & Cheese Burros
Friday, May 4 – $2 Margaritas
Saturday – Cinco De Mayo celebration, one free cookie per person with purchase