With so many people of Mexican descent in the Phoenix area, it's no wonder that Cinco de Mayo is a day much anticipated in the Valley of the Sun. Cinco de Mayo means "fifth of May" in Spanish. It's a day for fun, and food, and music, and dancing.
Many people mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo (seen-koh day my-oh) is Mexican Independence Day, but it is not. Mexican Independence Day is September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico commemorating the Battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862 a small group of Mexican soldiers defeated a formidable French army that was twice its size. Mexico had long before (September 16, 1810) declared its independence, but there were constant struggles to maintain Mexico's freedom for a long time after the country became independent from Spanish rule. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the fortitude of the Mexican people.
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Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak Cinco De Mayo
Live music each day. 21+ only. On Friday: Shake it Loud takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday: Shake it Loud takes the stage at 6 p.m. followed by DJ Mike G from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Sunday breakfast starts at 10 a.m. with $4 Mimosas and Bloody Marys. The Chris Parker Project will rock the main stage at 5:30 p.m. and DJ Mike G will take it to the end. Each day a golden Corona Beach Cruiser will be given away as a prize. Adult piñatas, freebies. Free admission.
In 2013: May 3 - 5
Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ
Cowboy Bobs Texas Chickenchiladas: 3 fresh corn tortillas (made daily) stuffed with pulled Rotisserie Chicken, aged Monterey Jack Cheese, and Southwest Sour Cream, topped with Texas Enchilada sauce, sprinkled with chopped green onion, garnished with shredded lettuce, sour cream, and corn salsa, $10.95. Q-RonaRitas $11 (Premium $15): this twist on the classic frozen Margarita blends Jose Cuervo tequila, blue curacao, lime juice and sweet-and-sour. To top it off, a flipped upside down bottle of Corona rests into the giant margarita glass. This way the beer is slowly poured into the drink as you drink it. In the lounge, an entire dance floor will be dedicated to salsa music. The lounge will feature $5 classic margaritas all day, $20 bucket of coronas (5 per bucket), $5 patron shots (available until midnight).
In 2013: May 3 - 5
Chandler Cinco de Mayo Festival
The Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Historic Downtown Chandler. This is a family event that runs at the downtown Library Plaza in downtown Chandler. Music, dancing, food, vendors. Don't miss the annual Chihuahua Races! Free admission.
In 2013: Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Avondale Cinco de Mayo
Avondale celebrates Cinco de Mayo, featuring festive Mexican food, drinks, live music, dancing and more. This free event is hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn located directly off the Avondale Blvd south exit from the I-10, at 11460 W. Hilton Way. Dine on tacos, tamales, chips and salsa, sip on margaritas, and dance along with performances of Mariachi Ases de Mexico, Ballet Folklorico Esperanza, and Los Del Norte band. Mexican arts will also be featured and offered for sale.
In 2013: Saturday, May 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Peoria Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate Mexican culture and heritage while supporting Peoria schools. Headlining the event is award-winning Tejano music performer Ruben Ramos plus other local musical performers. There will be a children’s area, ballet folklorico, and food vendors. $5 entrance fee; kids 12 years old and younger are free. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria.
In 2013: Saturday, May 4 from noon to 11 p.m.
Cinco de Moustache at McFadden's
Drink specials will include $3 Dos XX Drafts until midnight and $4 shots of Montezuma Tequila. McFadden’s will also have a burrito eating contest and piñatas filled with cash and prizes. Mustaches are provided at the door. Sombreros are not required, but definitely encouraged. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2013: Saturday, May 4 starting at 9 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
Live bands, dancers and entertainment along with food and libations. Family friendly. Van Buren between Central and 3rd Street, Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. $5 per person, children 12 and under free.
In 2013: Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5
Cinco de Sandbar
This annual bash features live entertainment by both top DJs and local bands such as Black Bottom Lighters, The Walkens, and The Hourglass Cats. In addition to live entertainment, catch all the games, including the Mayweather - Guerrero boxing match and Kentucky Derby, on one of 40+ HDTVs. At the Chandler location expect big things with their 3rd Annual Street Festival, while Desert Ridge is bumping out its patio to maximize your play space. Sandbar is rolling out the street taco carts and serving up beer and margarita specials all weekend long. Soak it all in while curling your toes in Sandbar's infamous sand-lined indoor-outdoor patios. Sandbar Mexican Grill has locations in Desert Ridge, Peoria and Chandler.
In 2013: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5
Papi Chulo’s Cinco de Mayo
Papi Chulo’s is celebrating Cinco de Mayo all weekend long with live bands, contests and giveaways with an extended premises. Countdown to Cinco on May 4th with a concert, burrito eating contest and raffle at the stroke of midnight. The event continues on Sunday with kid friendly festivities from 11am-2pm, followed by more live music and contests. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation.
In 2013: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5
Cinco de Mayo Block Party
From 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. there will be 7 bars, two stages, and live music and DJs for entertainment. Other highlights include a bag toss tourney, deals on coronas and margaritas, and prizes and giveaways. This is a ticketed event. 6th Street and Mill in Downtown Tempe.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo at The Herb Box
Sunday brunch and live musical entertainment at The Herb Box in Old Town Scottsdale or North Scottsdale, offering a variety of Mexican-inspired signature creations and brunchtime cocktails, plus several festive food and drink specials. All day on Cinco de Mayo, order a Mango Margarita for only $5, or try the Paloma Borracha (Drunken Dove) with ruby red grapefruit juice, Coco 1800 Tequila, and soda water, with a bittwersweet grapefruit sugared rim ($11). Pair any brunch entree with Mango Mimosas or Bloody Mary's for a set price of $24. SouthBridge will have live acoustic music by The Jill Beitman Trio from noon until 4 p.m., and the DC Ranch location will have live acoustic Spanish guitar by Michael Marriott from noon to 3 p.m.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Southbridge location) and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (DC Ranch location)
Cinco de Mayo at SOL Mexican Cocina
SOL in Scottsdale will serve Sunday brunch, lunch, and dinner, and the bar will remain open until midnight. There will be drink specials, an expanded outdoor space, and for those who want to get straight to the party, an additional SOL Back Door Bar with an exclusive entrance. Enjoy the ultimate margarita, a house-style grande Cadillac Margarita featuring homemade sour mix, blanco tequila, orange juice, and Grand Marnier for only $10. Just for the occasion, SOL will be pouring Victoria beer on draft for $6. Order a $6 shot of reposado Karma Tequila, and it will be served ice-cold from a tequila luge. SOL Cocina will have live acoustic music from noon to 3 p.m. by Javier Garcia and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. by Justin Stewart.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cinco de Rhino at Phoenix Zoo
oin us on Sunday, May 5 as we celebrate the largest horned animals on earth - the rhino! Throughout the day you will be able to participate in fun games and activities, watch our rhino receive a special enrichment treat, chat with some of the Zoo's rhino experts and learn how you can help rhinos in the wild! Along with the Rhino International Foundation we hope to raise awareness for the five species of rhinos and the threats they face in the wild. Games and activities throughout the day! 10 a.m. - Watch as our rhino receives a special Pinata enrichment item. 11 a.m. - Learn what it is like to work with these amazing animals right from the source during a keeper talk at the Rhino exhibit.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo at Calico Jack’s Cantina
A Kid’s Carnival will include a jump house, cotton candy, a slide and live music. For $20, guests will receive unlimited candy and games. For those 21-and-older, drink specials starting at $1. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Enchanted Island at Encanto Park will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with be on hand live entertainment at the park, including a Hispanic band and Ballet Folkloria, candy-filled piñatas for the kids. $7.50 special priced wristbands. Iron Man will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo at el Pedregal
Come to the outdoor amphitheatre and visit the a margarita and tequila bar, taste festive foods provided by the Boulders outdoor grill, enjoy a salsa bar showcasing a variety of sweet, savory and spicy salsas from local restaurants and listen to live music by Freddie Duran Plan. Free admission, charge for food and beverage.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Peoria Library
Stop by the Main Library at 8463 W. Monroe St. in Peoria for an afternoon of fun. Plans for the day include mariachi dancers, children's crafts, face-painting, fun tattoos, music performances, a book sale and more.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo with Tesoro
Tesoro has a unique sound with influences rooted in flamenco. The members of the band pride themselves in giving back to their community, from charity fundraisers to musical education performances for the youth. They will be performing at the District Stage at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Free admission.
In 2013: Sunday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food City’s Fiesta de Mayo Festival
Mundialito Food City soccer tournament takes place at this festival. More than 200 soccer teams and many vendors and booth exhibitors will participate. Live entertainment is included. Scheduled to appear are: Los Humildes, Mario Marion, Lupillo Rivera. On Saturday between 4-6 p.m. Food City and Midway Nissan will give away a new 2012 Nissan Frontier. Piolin, the internationally known radio celebrity, will be on stage to award the car to a lucky !participant. Free admission, $5 for parking. West Side Sports Complex, 99th Avenue & McDowell Rd., Phoenix.
In 2013: Saturday (10 a.m. – 11 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. - 10 p.m.), May 11 and 12
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