Cinco de Mayo 2013 Guide

Special Events

Chandler Public Library
22 S. Delaware St., Chandler
Pint-size pups both speedy and swanky will be celebrated during Chandler's Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 4. The event's tradition of Chihuahua races and beauty pageant once again will serve as its main attraction and offer the chance to witness purse dogs racing their little legs off, sporting fancy outfits, or being crowned as the king and queen Chihuahua. The races will take place at 1 p.m. (with a $10 entry fee). The contest and crowning follows at 4 p.m. (with a $25 fee). The festival itself will offer Latin and mariachi bands, folklorico troupes, food and drink vendors, live art, a health fair, a lowrider show, and more. 10 a.m., free. Call 480-855-3539.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
200 E. Van Buren St.
This annual two-day block party in downtown Phoenix marks its 20th anniversary this year and is planning a ginormous fiesta celebrating of the occasion, as well as the Cinco de Mayo holiday itself. Latin rock act Ozomatli will headline the live entertainment lineup, which also includes local bands, mariachi groups, traditional musicians, and folklorico dancers. Food and drink vendors, arts and crafts demonstrations, and a variety of games and distractions are also planned. Hours are 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 4; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Admission is free $5 for adults, and free for kids 12 and younger.

Old Town Mexican Beerfest
4341 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
Those Cinco de Mayo revelers feeling a bit thirsty and wondering "¿Dónde están las cervezas?" can head for this two-day celebration of suds imported from south of the border on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. The repast will include 15-plus beers, such as Pacifico, Corona, Dos Equis, and Negro Modelo. Mexican food vendors and live entertainment will also be on tap at the event. Noon to 10 p.m. each day. Admission is $40. See

Quail Run Park
4155 E. Virginia St., Mesa
Hard rock radio station KUPD will pull out all the stops when it presents U-Fiesta, a combination mega-concert and gigantic Cinco de Mayo party, at the East Valley park on Saturday, May 4. Scheduled to perform at the all-day event, which starts at noon, are the likes of Stone Sour, Chevelle, Heaven's Basement, Powerman 5000, Adelitas Way, Hyro Da Hero, and others. General admission is $45, VIP access is $125 (which includes five adult beverages, unlimited free non-alcoholic drinks, special parking, and other perks). See for more info.

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
The resort's "Release" summertime pool party series kicks off during Cinco de Mayo weekend with two back-to-back swimming soirees. Guest DJs scheduled to perform include Sin City's G Squared on Saturday, May 4, and San Francisco's Chris Harnett on Sunday, May 5. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day. Call 480-850-7777.


Baja Joes Mexican Cantina
1927 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa
Food and drink specials, live music, and other revelry will be offered at this newly opened Mexican seafood eatery and bar on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. Opens at 9 a.m. Call 480-655-1828.

Cave Creek Smokehouse & Pour House Patio
6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials will be available all day long on Friday, May 3. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-488-3317.

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila
7228 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale
Drink specials on Milagro margaritas and Dos Equis, tequila tastings, and other liquor promotions will be available during Cinco weekend from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5. Open at 11 a.m. each day. Call 480-970-9002.

Espo's Mexican Food 3863 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Three straight days of Cinco de Mayo fiestas will be held from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5, at this East Valley eatery and will feature beers, cocktails, DJs, live music, a carshow, an ugly Chihuahua pageant, and both a Scottsdale staycation and iPod Nano being given out as prizes. Opens at 10 a.m. each day. Call 480-963-0207.

Four Valley locations
Cinco de Mayo will bring live music, free kids meal with additional purchase, and other food and drink specials at all local Garcia's restaurants. Call 602-866-1850.

La Piñata
3330 N. 19th Ave.
Specials will be offered throughout Cinco de Mayo weekend and Jesus Soto will perform in the lounge nightly starting at 4 p.m. from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5. Call 602-279-1763.

Los Dos Molinos
4025 E. Chandler Blvd.
The Ahwatukee location of this Mexican restaurant chain will host a "Cinco de Maya" party on Sunday, May 5, with live music from Bretheren Sol at 3 p.m., Freddie Duran at 5 p.m., and Western Electrics at 7:30 p.m. Opens at 11 a.m. Call 480-706-1066.

Mucho Gusto
603 W. University Dr., Tempe
Specials and entertainment will be offered all day on Sunday, May 5. Call 480-921-1850.

Sandbar Mexican Grill
21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
9868 W. Northern Ave., Peoria
7200 W. Ray Rd., Chandler

All three Sandbar locations in the Valley will host two-day "Cinco de Sandbar" parties on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, each featuring ample amounts of food and drink, live music and entertainment, giveaways, and the chance to catch both the Kentucky Derby and the Floyd Mayweather/Robert Guerrero boxing match. Opens at 11 a.m. both days. Call 480-961-1700 or 623-877-6444.

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It’s about that time again! Are you all ready for it? WE ARE! Macayo’s Depot Cantina has put together a FULL 3 DAY EVENT to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2013! We’ll be partying from 10 AM Friday morning till close late Sunday night! You will NOT want to miss any of this action! Doors will open each day at 10 AM! We'll have awesome drinks specials ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT throughout the whole weekend. Just a few here include: $7 Patron Margaritas (the best in town) $6 Patron Shots $5.99 Depot Beer Rita’s! (that’s with a FULL Dos XX Bottle) $2 Dos XX Bottles On top of those, we’ll have hourly drink specials each day! FRIDAY: For something different! Check out the Paint and Patron Art Show Friday night (more info at the website here: SATURDAY: We’ll mix it up with some awesome entertainment throughout the day and night SUNDAY: THE MAIN EVENT! Live music will be starting at noon on Sunday and will take us all the way till the end! Bands include: Jeanne and the Beat Central Divides The Jeremiah Clay Band The Jeff Clay Band The Jake Dean Band Our favorite DJ – Bum Squad DJ Area 4 PLUS! Your favorite 90’s classics will be rocking on the Caboose Patio We’ll keep you updated every day leading up to this big event! Keep a look out for drink and food specials! Follow us on Instagram: Macayos_DepotCantina