Tequila and margaritas are on our brains…and it’s good timing, too, since Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner.
While the fifth of May falls on a Thursday, celebrations are planned well into the weekend. One of those is Phoenix’s Cinco de Mayo Festival, a two-day festival downtown.
Below is your quick guide to the music, admission, festivities and activities.
CINCO DE MAYO 101:
When: May 7-8, 2016
Where: Downtown Phoenix, 200 W. Washington Street
Hours: May 7: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m., May 8: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $35. Tickets can be purchased here.
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL
The festival is located at 200 W. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix otherwise known as Phoenix City Hall near Third Avenue and Washington. You can get to the festival by taking the Valley Metro light rail. If you're traveling eastbound, the stop you want to get off at is First Avenue and Jefferson. If you're traveling westbound, get off at Central Avenue and Washington Street. Click here to view the light rail map.
You can also take the bus. If you drive, there are parking meters and parking lots in the area, which will require a fee. You could also take a cab or Uber.
Nothing beats listening to live music at a festival. Here’s a look at the weekend music lineup.
SATURDAY (starting at 3:30 p.m.):
Latino Rebel Band
Thee Latin All-Stars
SUNDAY (Starting at 2 p.m.):
Little Joe y la Familia
Often referred to as Mexican wrestling, Lucha Libre will have wrestling matches throughout the weekend. The first match will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
For the younger ones, there will be inflatables for them to play on. There will also be arts and crafts, games and other activities. Some of the vendors out there will also have games and activities.
If you head to the festival, do not forget to post about your experience on social media using the hashtag #CincoPHX. This year the festival will be giving away $50 each hour, just for fun. Some of the giveaways will be through a raffle and others will be random or through social media contesting.
For any other information, visit the festival's website.