Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year, and while Taco Tuesday is certainly a thing to celebrate any old week, it makes this one even more special! The good news is, you don’t need to wait until next week to break out the sombrero and sip on a margarita. Many Metro Detroit establishments are beginning Cinco de Mayo celebrations this weekend, so you can commemorate Mexico’s victory over France several nights in a row if you so wish.
Here are a few “can’t miss” Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the D:
Cinco Bash is a two-day fiesta that kicks off at 3 p.m. today and goes through midnight, then starts up again on Saturday from noon to midnight. Held at West Village Commons in Dearborn, the party will feature an outdoor tent with live bands, DJs, and plenty of drinks and food. It wouldn’t be a party without authentic Mexican food, tequila samples and a Mexican beer garden, now would it?
General admission tickets cost $10 (entry with one drink ticket), while Margarita Mayhem tickets cost $25 in advance (entry with four margarita tickets) and Muchas Cervezas tickets cost $25 in advance (entry with four draft or bottled Mexican beer tickets).
Cinco de Mojo takes place at One Under Craft Beer & Eats, 35780 5 Mile Rd., Livonia, on Saturday, May 2. The outdoor tent party begins at 5 p.m., and local band The Killer Flamingos will take the stage at 7 p.m. If you’re worried about missing out on the big Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight this weekend, never fear—it will be on TV.
More importantly, you’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Mojo of Channel 95.5, along with over 75 different beers on tap. Be sure to have a crisp Alexander Hamilton in your wallet, as there is a $10 cover charge.
The City of Lincoln Park is hosting its first ever Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 2! From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., head to Fort Street and Southfield Road for festivities including authentic Mexican food, a live DJ and mariachi band, folkloric dancers, vendors and activities for children.
It’s the perfect fiesta for the entire family!
Ooh La La Lucha, hosted by Public House and Imperial (both of Ferndale), combines tequila, burlesque and lucha libre wrestlers, of course. If that sounds like your cup of tea, enjoy special guests Roxi D’Lite, The Benson Twins, Lushes LaMoan and more at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit on Saturday, May 2.
General admission tickets cost $30, and you can also purchase a VIP balcony table for four for $200, or table for six for $300. The fun starts at 8 p.m.!
O’Toole’s, 205 W. 5th Ave., Royal Oak, may be an Irish-American joint, but who says it can’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo? The bar and grill will feature specials including $3 margaritas, five for $14 Corona buckets and $14 domestic buckets on Tuesday, May 5. Specials run all day long, so don’t miss out! And the best part is, there’s no cover charge.
HopCat, 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with lots of tasty food specials. If you have the chance to get there on Tuesday, try the Diablo Nacho (red and white tortilla chips topped with southwest chicken, spicy queso, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo and lava sauce) or Tex Mex Rolls (wonton wrap filled with chorizo, Mexican cheese, tomatoes, corn and rice, served with Sriracha lime ranch).
Be sure to save room for the dessert special: Mojito Key Lime Pie, with a graham cracker crust, filled with key lime pie filling spiked with Bacardi.
Barrio Cocina y Tequileria, 555 Forest Ave., Plymouth, is featuring a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Tuesday, May 5 from open to close. Don’t miss out on samples of El Jimador and Herradura tequila and free swag!
Additionally, if you purchase an El Jimador or Herradura tequila flight while you’re there, you’ll get this free, exclusive 2015 Cinco de Mayo T-shirt. The menu provides amazingly authentic choices every day of the year, but you’ll want to make sure to overindulge on this holiday, especially.
Las Palapas, 33308 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, is hosting a Cinco de Mayo beach party on the fifth of May. In addition to drink specials all day, the event will feature a beer tent, live DJ, mechanical bull, ice luge and giveaways. Drink specials include $5 piña coladas, $5 house margaritas, $3.99 Mexican draft beer and $3.75 Mexican beer bottles and Corona and Modelo cans.
From 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., bring your little one for kids happy hour time, which includes face painting, a bounce house, balloon animals and free dessert!
No matter how you end up celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the D, be sure to indulge in at least one Mexican beer or margarita over the weekend. It’s a celebration, after all!