Whether you prefer to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Scottsdale doing shots of Tequila, spending the day with your family, or maybe, both, we have got you covered! This cultural celebration is important to Hispanics because, contrary to popular belief that this day is Mexican independence day, it is really a day to celebrate the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
There are more than a dozen ways to celebrate this May 5, starting with the Cinco De Mayo Festival, the largest in the state and attracting tens of thousands over two days. This festival focuses on the cultural aspect and features dancers, music, food and the family-gathering aspect of it all. It is located 200 E Van Buren Street. Click here for more information on this fun festival.
If you are looking for something a little more on the wild side, try the Dos Gringos Cinco De Mayo Block Banger in Old Town Scottsdale. Starting at 1 pm on Sunday May 5, enjoy a potent mix of bands, bars and booze. There will several bands playing as well. Admission is $8 and proceeds will go to Pepped Up! A local cancer charity.
Another fun event will be at The Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club in downtown Scottsdale. They will be hosting the Old Town Mexican Beer Fest featuring all Mexican beers, food , mariachis and drink specials all day long.
Most Mexican restaurants around the Valley and Scottsdale are having drink specials and festivals for Cinco De Mayo. Be sure to check out Blanco Tacos and Tequila, Los Dos Molinos Cocina Y Cantina, Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant, Carlos O’Brien’s and even Casino Arizona is having a Mariachi Festival. Wherever you choose to get your Margarita on, you will not have a difficult time finding a place to do it. Now, andale` and on to the fiesta!