Another C holiday is Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, which marks the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Courtesy: David …
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PHOENIX - Still looking for a place to celebrate the Mexican militia's 1862 victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla?
You know, Cinco de Mayo.
We've compiled a list of 10 Cinco de Mayo parties in the Valley that feature beer tasting, live music, comedians and racing Chihuahuas. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Where: Intersection of Washington St. and Central Ave. in Phoenix
When: Friday, May 3 at noon
“Sexy senoritas” wearing chili-pepper bikinis will hand out free vegan burritos Friday. Stay healthy by going vegan for Cinco de Mayo!
Where: Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club in Scottsdale
When: Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Riviera Broadcasting’s radio stations will host the first annual Old Town Mexican Beer Fest this weekend. Atendees can enjoy 14 samples of Mexican beers, from the traditional to the obscure. The event will also feature live music, food, Horchata Pong and various contests. Enter promo code “POWER” at checkout to save $10 on your ticket.
A Petco Cinco de Mayo
Where: Avondale Petco
When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Avondale Petco will celebrate a “re-grand opening” with a party for the whole family, including those with four legs. Activities include bird feeder workshops, face painting, piñatas and treat tastings for canine family members. Local businesses COSTCO, Panda Express, Jimmy Johns and Starbucks will also pass out complimentary snacks.
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
Where: Van Buren between Central Avenue and Third Street in Phoenix
When: Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5; children under 12 free
The annual two-day block party will feature authentic Mexican food and drink, games and live entertainment from mariachi groups, dancers and traditional musicians.
Where: El Mirage City Plaza
When: Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Performances begin at 4:15 p.m. with performances from the Royalty Dance Squad and the Saguaro Skippers. Other performers include dance group Baile Folklorico Nueva Vida, Mariachi Corazon de Phoenix and the band Unstoppable. Face painting and balloon animals will be free for kids, and Mexican food, beer and wine round out the day’s celebration.
Where: Arizona Event Center in Mesa
When: Saturday at 8 p.m.
COST: $10 general seating; $20-200 for VIP treatment
Comedians Danny Serrano, Richard Galaviz Jr., Manny Llanez, Kevin Soto, Jorge Ruiz, Ernesto Ortiz and others will perform at the Arizona Event Center on Saturday.
Where: Chandler Public Library
When: Saturday at 10 a.m.
Cost: $20 for entry to races, $10 for beauty pageant, other entertainment FREE
The Chihuahua races and beauty pageant will headline Chandler’s Cinco de Mayo celebration this year. The festival will also offer Latin and mariachi bands, authentic Mexican cuisine, art, a lowrider show and more.
Where: Quail Run Park in Mesa
When: Saturday at noon
Cost: $45 general admission; $125 VIP
Hard rock radio station KUPD is hosting a concert and Cinco de Mayo party in Mesa. Scheduled to perform is Stone Sour, Chevelle, Heaven’s Basement, Powerman 5000 and more. VIP access includes five adult beverages, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and special parking.
Where: Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale
When: Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
Cost: FREE; 21 or older
Talking Stick Resort is hosting a “Release” pool party for Cinco de Mayo. The perfect way to celebrate the holiday outdoors, the event will feature drink specials, giveaways, cabana rentals and more. Live music will be provided by some of the region’s best DJ’s, including San Francisco’s Chris Harnett.
Where: TQLA in Mesa
When: Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
Cost: FREE admission
For a one-of-a-kind Cinco de Mayo experience, TQLA offers four tequilas on tap. The party begins on the patio and includes a raffle and tequila tastings. Drink specials include $8 Don Julio margaritas, $2 off tap tequila shots, and $4.50 house margaritas.
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