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.

San Felipe's Cantina
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Partake in margarita, big party drinks, and live music during San Felipe's "Dos Dias De Mayo" on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. Call 480-736-8226.

Valle Luna Mexican Restaurants
3336 W. Bell Road
Two huge Cinco celebrations will take place both inside the restaurant and in the parking lot throughout the weekend. On Saturday, May 4, the "Cuatro De Mayo" affair will transpire and offer a DJ and dancing from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Then, on Sunday, May 5, Valle Luna will throw a big bash with games, trivia contests, scavenger hunts, live music from Whisker Biskit, an outdoor street taco grill, and various drink specials. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., $5. Call 602-993-3108.

Bars & Clubs

Cadillac Ranch
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The Cinco de Rancho party will be raging all day on both Saturday, May 4, to Sunday, May 5, and will feature DJs, cover bands, and more. Specials include half-priced 22-ounce skinny Beergaritas, $3 well tequila shots, and $3 Dos Equis lager and amber drafts. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-894-1111.

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
DJ Seduce will spin sweet Latin sounds at 8 p.m. and the bar will offer $3 Mexican beers, sangria, and tequila all night on Sunday, May 5. 6 p.m., free. Call 602-716-2222.

Dos Gringos
4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
The Scottsdale day-drinking crowd will likely turn out in droves for the bar's "Cinco de Mayo Block Banger" on Sunday, May 5, as the event will offer a potent mix of bands, bars, and booze starting at 1 p.m. Portions of Craftsman Court will be cordoned off for the event and its enormous stage featuring music from Rome Ramirez (of Sublime with Rome fame), Kongos, Seedless, The VeraGroove, Valley Love, Through the Roots, and RAC. Drummer/DJ trio The Wednesday Machine, featuring Switch and Blue Collar Profit, will host the party, which will benefit PeppedUp!, a local cancer charity. Admission is $8. Call 480-423-3800 or see

El Hefe
4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
El Hefe's typically energetic Sunday dancing and drinking fiesta will get even livelier during its Cinco de Mayo block party. The revelry will start on the morning of Sunday, May 5, and last long into the night when Thomas James and other Scottsdale club DJ spin Top 40 and EDM hits and keep asses moving throughout the place. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-241-2682.

El Santo Cantina y Mas
7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale
A special Cinco de Mayo edition of the Relentless Beach pool party will take place on Sunday, May 5, and DJ/producer (and all-around house specialist) Porter Robinson will headline. Noon; $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 480-584-3801 or see

Karamba Nightclub
1724 E. McDowell Rd.
The club will host music from Mariachi Nuevo Mexico on the patio at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Admission is $10. Meanwhile, Barbra Seville's Salsa Challenge takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, followed by Diamond's Cinco de Mayo Show at 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 602-254-0231.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fiesta with $3 Tequila Sunrises, $2.75 Coronas, $2.50 margaritas on the rocks, $2 tequila shots all day. Happy hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to close, special menu items will be served, Texas Hold'em is at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., and karaoke starts at 9 p.m. in the lounge. Opens at 11 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.


Maya Day & Nightclub
7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
House and trance sounds will flow throughout this newly opened posh beach club as DJ Morgan Page headlines its Cinco de Mayo festivities on Sunday, May 5. Doors at 11 a.m.; $15 general admission, $100 for VIP access. Call 602-810-0736 or see

Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Venerated Rhythm Room bartender and manager Mona Watkins presents her annual "Cinco de Mona" celebration on Sunday, May 5, which will feature live art, a dunk tank, mustache and salsa contests, tattoo inkers, and a huge array of local rock and indie bands. The lineup includes Mergence, Pride Through Strife, The Deer Leader, Hurry the Rising, Sara McAllister, King Fathand, The Pübes, Treasurefruit, and more. 11:30 a.m.; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 602-265-4842.

The Shout House
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
Enjoy $3 Coronas. $4 Sauza Hornitos, and $5 margaritas on Sunday, May 5. The dueling pianos start at 8 p.m. Open from 7 p.m. to midnight. Call 623-772-1500.

Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
The Binge celebrates Cinco on Sunday, May 5, with DJs, live art, a record swap, $2 cans of PBR, $3 Bloody Marys, and more. 4 p.m. Call 480-794-1706.

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