Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with many of your favorite locations in Greater Phoenix offering traditional Mexican food and drinks. Enjoy all the fun festivals with live music, traditional Folkloria dancers and much more.
This family-friendly event at the downtown Library Plaza in downtown Chandler includes music, dancing, food and beverage vendors, two stages of entertainment, Chihuahua Races, plus the running for King and Queen Coronation. The annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration honors the Hispanic community’s many contributions to the City of Chandler.
Details: Library Plaza in downtown Chandler, 4930 West Ray Road, Chandler. Admission: Free, Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.
The Westside Sports Complex or better known as Fear Farm will be transformed into a huge backyard playground with the sweet aroma of barbeque and amazing blues tunes wafting through the air. The 2012 Blues, Bruise and BBQs will showcase the best that BBQ has to offer, with mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, paired with a full lineup of blues bands, body-painting competition, beer gardens, and Redemption 2: Muay Thai Kickboxing event. The event will also stage the inaugural Kiwi Dash, an anything-goes obstacle/mud race for weekend warriors, which will take place on an adjacent field at Fear Farm. This 21-and-over event will feature live music by renowned national festival acts the Delgado Brothers a popular Latin blues band from Los Angeles, Leon J and Juke Joint, and eight regional and local blues bands. Other entertainment includes a custom Harley show, a hellacious hog’s motorcycles competition, a low rider and classic car show, and wing-eating contest.
Details: Westside Sports Complex, 2149 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix. Admission: $10.00 – $65.00, Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m., (623) 308-2860
Flagstaff Fiesta will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, gourmet tacos and sampling of fine tequilas including live performances from Roger Clyne’s, Peacemakers War, Whisky Rodeo and Black Moods.
Details: Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park, Exit 337 off I-17, Flagstaff. Admission: $35.00, Saturday, May 5th, 12:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m., (866) 977-6849
The Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival is all about food, family and fun. This two-day multicultural festival is one of the longest running events of its kind and will host different family activities including; local and national live entertainment, $30,000 in scholarships to be awarded, ballet folklorico, authentic Mexican food, live boxing matches, product sampling, arts and crafts and much more.
Details: Downtown Phoenix, 108 West Washington Street, Phoenix. Admission: $5.00, Saturday 2:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m. , and Sunday 12:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m., May 5th and 6th.
Bring your own bottle of wine or a cooler of beer and any other refreshments and paint chile peppers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Chips, salsa and a party platter are served. No painting experience necessary.
Details: Art of Merlot, 7021 E. Main Street, Scottsdale. Admission: $50.00, Saturday, May 5th, 2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. (480) 945-1108. Reservation recommended.
Singles group Calculated Couples hosts a special dance for singles on Cinco de Mayo. Dance to music provided by a DJ, browse the “personal ad wall” and meet and mingle with others singles. For age 39 to retirement and older, remember to dress to impress. Bring pet food or pet toy donation for an animal rescue for a discount on admission.
Details: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix. Admission: $10.00, Saturday, May 5th, 8:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m., (602) 866-7500
The sixth annual Salsa Festival takes over El Pedregal’s outdoor amphitheater, showcasing local chefs and restaurants, including Spotted Donkey Cantina, Brugos Pizza Company and the Palo Verde restaurant, among others. Indulge in specialty salsas, tequila, wine, margaritas, tacos al carbon, tostada de carnitas and Mexican desserts while listening to festive music by Desert Fiesta with Freddie Duran Plan.
Details: El Pedregal at the Boulders Resort, 34505 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission: Free, Sunday, May 6th, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. (480) 488-1072
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo for all ages with Spiderman from Marvel Comics at Enchandted Island for autographs and pictures. There will also be live entertainment at the park, including a Hispanic band and Ballet Folkloria, who will be performing in authentic costumes and free participation in candy-filled pinatas for the kids. $7.00 Ride Special Priced Wristbands for Children
Details: Enchanted Island Amusement Park at Encanto Park, 1202 W. Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix. Sunday May 6th, 11:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m. (602) 254-1200
Restaurants & Bars
Macayo’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that has been serving great Mexican food since 1952. The first Macayo’s was opened on Central Avenue in Midtown Phoenix and is still in operation today. Try the Chimichanga de Macayo during the 10 days of Cinco which include $5.55 Mex and Match food items, and $5.00 Mararita de Macayo. On Cinco de Mayo, there will be live music and drink specials all day.
Details: All valleys Macayo’s locations, 4001 Central Avenue, Phoenix. April 26th — May 7th, 11:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m., (602) 264-6141
Nestled in the shadow of the Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is truly an historic landmark with a personality all its own. Constructed in the 1890’s from desert stone and railroad ties, the original building served as a supply depot and general store for the mercury miners passing through the Dreamy Draw. Cinco de Mayo Celebration will feature live performances from Rythm of the Sun and The Chadwicks
Details: Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak, 330 North Dreamy Draw Drive, Phoenix. Admission: $10.00, Saturday, May 5th, 3:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m., (602) 944-1286
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Arriba Mexican Grill with plenty of food and drink specials for this fiesta. Live entertainment, dancing and free give-a-ways by Promotional Girls from Corona, Sauza, Bud, and many more.
Details; All Arriba’s Mexican Grill locations, 1812 East Camelback Road, Phoenix. Admission: Free, (drink and food specials all night) Saturday, May 5th, 5:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m., (602) 265-9112.
If you are looking for a casual place to hang out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Dos Gringos is the destination for you. All locations of Dos Gringos have patio seating with the Chandler location having the patio located inside the restaurant as a courtyard setting. Sit back, relax and have fun. Signature menu items include; Gringo Rolls, soft flour tortillas rolled and stuffed with black bean hummus, jack and cheddar cheeses served with baja sauce. Come out to Dos Gringos locations to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with lots of games, prizes, live music and all your favorite drinks. Each location will have drink and food specials to bring in the celebration.
Details: Dos Gringos, 1984 E 5th Street #104, Tempe. Saturday May 5th, 3:00 p.m. — 2:00 a.m., (480) 214-2241
Both Salty Senorita locations will be holding big bashes. The biggest one is in Old Town, featuring local live bands. Each location features drink specials, such as $4.00 beers, and $9.00 Margaritas.
Details: Salty Senorita, 3636 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission: $20.00, Saturday, May 5th, 11:00 a.m. — 2:00 a.m. (480) 946-7258
Join San Felipe’s Cantina for Cinco de Mayo parties in Flagstaff, Tempe, and Phoenix with live music, party on the patio, DJ’s dancing and of course, great Mexican food and drinks. The patio at the Tempe San Felipe’s Cantina at Tempe Marketplace is extended and expanded for this once a year unique event. Giveaways and prizes will be going on all day.
Details: San Felipe’s Cantina, 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway # 1001, Tempe. Saturday, May 5th, 2:00 p.m. — 2:00 a.m., (480) 515-2337
Sandbar will have a Cinco de Sandbar celebration with live showing of the Mayweather vs. Cotto boxing fight, the patio will be extended with live music from Capital Down and The Walkens. With food and drink specials and enjoy $5.00 frozen margaritas and $3.00 mexican beers till 4 p.m.
Details: Sandbar Mexican Grill, 200 West Ray Road, Chandler. Saturday, May 5th, 11:00 a.m. — 2:00 a.m., (480) 961-1700
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is a reality star best known for his appearances on MTV’s Jersey Shore. Of Puerto Rican and Italian descent, he is best known as the boyfriend of fellow castmate Sammi “Sweetheart”. Enjoy a night out with Ronnie and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at School of Rock with drink specials, live music, DJ’s and a lot of tequila.
Details: School of Rock Mill Ave, 411 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe. Admission: $10.00 – $15.00, Saturday, May 5th, 9:00 p.m. — 2:00 a.m. (480) 966-3573.
Celebrate the Mexican holiday with colorful decor and traditional food. A mariachi trio will stroll through the restaurant, followed by salsa dancers and a five-piece Latin band. Dining options include a tortilla-making station, fresh salsa sampling, 240 tequila selections and a street-style taco cart, in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. Pepe, the resort’s beer donkey will be available to poses for photos from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Happy hour is 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with $5.00 margaritas and tequila flights, $4.00 cervezas, $5.00 tacos and half-price appetizers.
Details: La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. Saturday May 5th, 4:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m. Admission: Free (480) 585-4848.