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Arriba Mexican Grill
1812 E. Camelback Rd.
17211 N. 79th Ave., Glendale
15236 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
4649 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
Whoop it up at all four Arriba locations with live music (Rhythm of the Sun at 6 p.m. in Glendale; and a DJ in Phoenix), promo giveaways, appearance by the Corona and Sauza Girls, as well as such food and drink specials as $2 Coronas and tequila shots and $4 margaritas. 4-11 p.m. Call 602-265-9112 or 623-878-5777.
Aunt Chilada’s Hideaway
7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.
Cinco de Mayo celebration benefiting the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities continues with music from The Scones, The Walk-Ins, Unlimited Phlavor, The Crown Kings, a 10-piece mariachi band, and a local DJ, as well as food booths, prize giveaways, ice luges, a complimentary happy hour buffet, and more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 602-944-1286.
Brennan’s Sports Bar & Mexican Food
13610 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
"Derby Day & Cinco Fiesta" with Brennan's opening at 9 a.m. for breakfast and OTB, followed by the Kentucky Derby at 3 p.m., and live music from the David Dodt Band at 8 p.m., as well as drink specials on margaritas, mint juleps, and Coronita buckets all day. 9 a.m. -2 a.m. Call 480-951-8837.
7361 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale
Knock yourself out with $3 Coronas, $5 house margaritas, shot specials, giveaways, half-price appetizers on the patio, music from DJs, and more. Noon-midnight. Call 480-951-3807.
Caruso’s Italian Ristorante
4341 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
Spicy Italian dinners priced from $12.95 to $20.95 will be served for Cinco de Mayo. 4-9 p.m. Call 480-633-9100.
El Toro Bravo Mexican Grill & Cantina
16041 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria
"Save the Siesta for Sunday" all-day party extending into the parking lot and offering a live karaoke mariachi band, music from the Chris Parker Project, a DJ working the turntables, mechanical bull-riding, games, prizes, and more. Patrons can enjoy such dishes as steak lime tacos, pollo baja queso, stuffed seafood enchiladas, and picado de carne, as well as outside food like $5 burritos and burgers, or two tacos for $5. Drink specials include $5 Dos Equis bombers, $6 house margaritas, $8 Don Eduardo shots, and $3 bottles of Dos Equis, Tecate, Bohemia, or Sol. 10 a.m. -2 a.m. $10 cover after 2 p.m. Call 623-773-2855.
Los Compadres Restaurant
2350 W. Northern Ave.
Highlights at this super Cinco shindig include door prize drawings, food and drink specials, and live jazz. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.
Macayo’s Depot Cantina
300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
"Baja Beach Bash and Patio Party" featuring a DJ and bikini contest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., live entertainment from 4-10 p.m., and a video DJ from 10 p.m. -2 a.m. Drink specials include $3 Coors Light bottles; $5 16-ounce house rocks margaritas; $6.99 Sauza Sunset and 1800 Texas Margaritas; $7.99 Don Eduardo margaritas; and $4 Coronas, Corona Lights, and Pacificos. All ages for the restaurant, 21-and-over for the patio. 10 a.m. -2 a.m. $5. There will also be a "VIP Boxcar Bash" on the private boxcar patio offering premium tequila tastings, a fajita bar and buffet, an exclusive bartender, live acoustic entertainment, and more. 21-and-over. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. $50 presale, $75 at the door. Call 480-966-6677.
6012 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Macayo's "Countdown to Cinco Celebration" extended patio event with live entertainment, drink specials, and live music from Bill Hranek. 4-11 p.m. Call 602-298-8080.
Macayo’s on Central
4001 N. Central Ave.
Cinco de Macayo celebration with food and drink specials, and DJ Richie Rich spinning hip-hop, Latin, and reggaeton. 5 p.m-2 a.m. Call 602-264-6141.
1474 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
Huge fiesta extending onto the patio with live music, food and drink specials, mariachis, piñatas, DJs and more. 4 p.m.-midnight Call 623-209-7000.
3636 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
1860 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
14950 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
The annual "Señoritaville" extravaganza takes over all three restaurants, with each location transforming into a Mexican outdoor village with more than 10,000 square feet of party space, taco stands, beer tubs, tomato hecklers, belly dancers, specialty outdoor bars, retro arcades, dunk tanks, grills serving up burritos and tacos, and more. Live entertainment starts at 2 p.m. with performances by Phunk Junkeez, Capital Down, and Rock Lobster in Mesa; The Knee Deep Experience, Dimonet, Shirley's Temple, and Metalhead in Old Town Scottsdale; and The Acoustics, The Chadwicks, 9-Ball, and Azz Izz in North Scottsdale. 12 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-946-7258.
San Felipe’s Cantina
20825 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
"Cinco De Drinko" hootenanny benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with music from five bands, dancing, food and drink specials, and more. 11 a.m. -2 a.m. $10 cover after 5 p.m. Call 480-563-9495.
Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant Chandler
1949 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
The two-day "Lakeside Fiesta" continues with a carne asada barbecue, specialty tacos, and more. Live entertainment includes music from Top 40 cover band with Shallow Water starting at 2 p.m.; Loz Bad Boyz performing Latino, old school, and funk music following at 6 p.m.. 21-and-over. 1 p.m. -2 a.m. $10. Call 480-786-3100.
Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant Phoenix
3336 W. Bell Rd.
Annual Cinco de Mayo tent party with live music from singer Claudia Molinar at noon p.m., Fire & Desire at 2 p.m., Young Country at 6:30 p.m., as well as DJs, karaoke, piñatas, margaritas, carne asada barbecues, pepper-eating contests, Mexican chili dogs, Sonoran-style hot dogs, and more. 21-and-over. Starts at noon with food until 11 p.m. and bar service until 2 a.m. $10. Call 602-993-3108.