Chandler Downtown Public
100 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler
Got a Chihuahua that's both cute and quick? Those wee beasties will be celebrated during Chandler's Cinco de Mayo Festival, where they can participate in both the yearly Chihuahua races and beauty pageant, which are the hallmark of this event. The races will take place promptly at 2 p.m. followed by the contests that crown the king and queen Chihuahua, as well as various cash prizes. (Entry fees are $20 for the races, $10 for the pageant, and $25 for both.) Meanwhile, the festival itself will include Latin bands, traditional dancing, food and drink vendors, a lowrider show, and other festivities. 10 a.m., free. Call 480-310-2018.
Cinco de Mayo Guide 2014
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix
200 E. Van Buren St.
More than 200,000 people are expected to pack intersection of Second Street and Van Buren for this annual two-day Cinco block party and fiesta. A slate of entertainment is planned, including folkloric dancing, traditional music, and boxing exhibitions. The live entertainment scheduled includes a performance by El Chicano and Los Lonely Boys on Saturday, May 3, followed by Ozomatli and Los Lobos on Sunday, May 4. Food and drink vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts demonstrations, and a variety of games are also planned. Hours are 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 3; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. General admission is $5-$10 for the event, VIP access to the concerts is $25 each day, and an all-inclusive VIP pass is $50.
The Comedy Spot
7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
Danny Serrano will host the "Drinko de Mayo Comedy Show" on Sunday, May 4, which will feature such comics as Richard Galaviz, Jr., Miguel Diarte, Gabe Bell, Mike Dapper, John Griggs, and others. 7 p.m., $10. Call 480-945-4422.
Wild Horse Pass
Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Legendary funk band WAR will offer a special Cinco de Mayo weekend performance in the casino's Ovations Live! Showroom on Friday, May 2. 8 p.m., $28-$58. Call 800-946-4452.
7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.
An entire weekend of Cinco shenanigans will transpire at this North Phoenix bar and restaurant. The four-day party starts on Friday, May 2, with music from Marble Heart at 7:30 p.m., drink specials like $4 Avion Silver shots from 2 p.m. to close, appearances by the Avion Girls, and more. The celebration continues on Saturday, May 3, with a performance by Hypnotix at 7:30 p.m., $4 Don Julio Silver starting at 2 p.m., and a Vladimir Putin look-alike contest with a $100 cash prize at 9:30 p.m. The offerings on Sunday, May 3, include a bocce tournament, giveaways, music from Essence Groove Factory at 6 p.m., and chance to hang out with the Cruz Tequila and PBR girls. Finally, the Cinco shindig on Monday, May 5, will feature DJ Mike G., classic rock from Kung Fu Grip, a dunk tank for charity, and more. Call 602-944-1286.
Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina
1927 N. Gilbert Rd., Mesa
Visit this Mesa spot on Saturday, May 3, and you can score $3 Corona and Cuervo from 3 p.m. until close, catch the big boxing match at 7 p.m., and hang out for the Cinco dance party that will ensue afterwards. DJ Chop will spin Latin and old school on the main stage while club music and hip-hop gets dropped in the side room. Drink specials like $2 AMF's, Long Islands, Jolly Ranchers, & domestics from 9 p.m. until midnight. Open until 2 a.m., free until 6 p.m., $15 cover during the fight, and $5 afterwards. Call 480-655-1828.
Six 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 on Monday, May 5. Call 602-866-1850.
The Herb Box
7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
Partake in a $5 skinny superfruit margarita, one of the 10 different specialty cocktails that will be served for $8 apiece, or any of the other adult beverages on the Herb Box's new "Drinx" menu that will served at happy-hour pricing all day on Monday, May 5. Discounts like $3 off wines by the glass and $2 off craft beer are also on tap. Call 480-289-6160 or 480-289-6180.
10 Valley locations
Food and drink deals like $7.99 Macayo's Beeritas, $6 Dos Equis with an Altos tequila shot, $6.99 Chimi de Macayos, and $3 margaritas will be available at each restaurant from Thursday, May 1, to Monday, May 5. Hours vary. Call 602-264-6141.
RA Sushi Bar
Cinco-themed drink specials will be available at each RA from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to midnight on Monday, May 5, including $4.75 Coronas and $5.75 Sauza cocktails. Emperor's Margaritas made with Patron Silver, Cointreau, lime juice, Japanese yuzu, and agave nectar can also be had for $7.75 in such flavors as cucumber, mango, and strawberry. Call 940-1111.
3748 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
8011 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria
Both Salty locations will host massive three-day fiestas over the Cinco de Mayo weekend that will run daily from Saturday, May 3, to Monday, May 5. Food and drink deals include $3 street tacos, $10 CoronaRitas, $6 Zarco El Senor margaritas, $7 1800 Maria's Choice margaritas, $10 buckets of Corona bottles, and $20 buckets of El Pacifico. If you're thirsting for some tequila, shot specials such as $4 Fireball, $6 Zarco, and $7 1800 Silver. Local bands will also perform. Hours vary. Call 480-947-2116 or 623-979-4822 for cover.
Sandbar Mexican Grill
21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
7200 W. Ray Road, Chandler
The fiesta will be going strong for three straight days and nights during the annual "Cinco de Sandbar" at both spots from Saturday, May 3, until Monday, May 5. The festivities include bands, DJs, dancing drink specials like $3 Dos Equis beers and $5 margaritas, and viewing of the Mayweather/Maidana fight on Saturday, and more. Starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. on Monday. Call 480-961-1700 or 480-585-5900.
8220 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Every one of Scottsdale Station's extensive collection of more than 60 tequilas — including such primo choices as Partida Blanco, Cabo Wabo Reposado, Clase Azul Platinum, and Cuervo Reserva Anejo de la Familia – will be half-priced on Monday, May 5. All Mexican bottled beers will also be half-off and the bar will be serving a variety of happy hour food specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., such as $7 nachitos and $9 spicy tuna taco salad roll. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 480-998-7777.
Sierra Bonita Grill
6933 N. 7th St.
The grills two made-to-order specialty margaritas will be served for only $5 on Monday, May 5. Five different lunch specials will be available for $10. Call 602-264-0700.
13525 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise
Feast on three street tacos for $5 or grab a $5 margarita or $3 Tecate over the Cinco weekend from Saturday, May 3, to Monday, May 5. Call 623-975-7529.
Five Valley locations
The bar staff at each Z'Tejas in Metro Phoenix will whip up a special frozen margaritas mixed with Dos Equis for $5 each in honor of Cinco de Mayo on Monday, May 5. Call 480-946-4171.
Bars & Clubs
5749 N. 7th St.
DJ Roya and DJ Funkfinger will rain down indie tunes and dance tracks during the one-year anniversary of their monthly dance party Tongue Tied on Saturday, May 3. A love-themed costume contest for a $200 in liquor, a champagne toast, mixtape swap, and other fun will also take place. 9 p.m., $5 cover after 9:30. Call 602-277-9373.
The Blind Pig
3370 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Special Cinco de Mayo food and drink samplings sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits and Traeger Grills will take place on Monday, May 5. Call 480-994-1055
Calico Jack's Cantina
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
There won't be merely one Cinco celebration taking place at Calico Jack's in honor of the holiday. In fact, its proprietors are planning a five-day "Saga de Mayo" that will certainly test your partying mojo. It begins with "Uno de Mayo" on Thursday, May 1, which will feature tequila cocktail competition starring its bartending staff. Day two on Friday, May 2, will include a "Sexy Seniorita" competition for $200 in cash and prizes, followed by live bands and a achance to win a trip for two to Mexico on Saturday, May 3. Meanwhile, the "Cuatro de Mayo" party on Sunday, May 4, will feature a special brunch at 10 a.m. and a cash giveaway for those in the best Star Wars-themed costumes; and the main event on Monday, May 5, will include $3 margaritas all day long, live music, DJs, and more. Call 623-877-5225.
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Latin reggae-rock band Fayuca performs on Monday, May 5, with support from Ritmo Latino, RUCA, The Wiley One, and Kim Capria. 8 p.m., $5. Call 602-716-2222.
4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
A four-day fiesta featuring DJs, drink specials, live bands, giveaways, and more is scheduled to take place from Friday, May 2, to Monday, May 5. Call 480-423-3800.
4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Both locations of this "Super Macho Taqueria" will host two-day Cinco de Hefe block parties on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. DJs such as Fashen will drop hot beats, the TVs will be tuned to the Floyd "Money" Mayweather/Marcos Maidana pay-per-view boxing match on May 3, and there's likely to be giveaways, sombreros, and sexy staff members dancing on the bars. Doors open at 11 a.m. each day. Call 480-257-2797 or 480-945-6200.
680 S. Mill Ave.
Cinco de Drinko party on Monday, May 5, with three different DJs performing both inside the club and out in its courtyard. Drink specials like $2 Bud Light Limes and $4 margaritas run until 6 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Call 480-967-3917.
13825 N. 32nd St.
The hard rockers and metal monsters of Zack Attack, (sic)monic, Souless, 3 Seconds More, Discordant, Footer, and Reason to Rebel will stage a Cinco de Mayo weekend show on Friday, May 2. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 602-992-1007.
Marc's Sports Grill
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Marc's becomes "Marco's" on Monday, May 5, during Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Party, which will include a special Mexican food menu filled with green chili burros, chicken enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, mexican pizza, nachos and other eats. The bar will also serve such drink specials as $2.75 margaritas on the rocks, $2.25 tequila shots, $3.25 tequila sunrises, $3.25 Coronas, and $3.50 Dos Equis pints. Free Texas Hold'em game for gift certificates will start at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., karaoke takes place in the lounge at 9 p.m., and happy hour prices will be offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.
9425 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale
Mucho giveaways are planned for this McFadden's "Cinco de Drinko" party on Saturday, May 3. To wit: the first 50 people through the door get free ponchos and mustaches, piñatas filled with cash and prizes will be bashed, and those who have a sticker on their $3 bottle of Corona will get a chance to win a trip to Mexico. Dos Equis and Irishrita's can also be had for $3 and the Mayweather/Maidana fight will be shown. 6 p.m. Call 623-872-0022.
122 E. Washington St.
Trap music DJ/producer Bro Safari will headline the Tres de Mayo dance fest on Saturday, May 3, at this downtown Phoenix nightclub. 9 p.m.; $15 general admission, $25 for VIP access. See www.relentlessbeats.com.
Monkey Pants Bar & Grill
3223 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Need a laugh? Head for this silly Mill Avenue joint for its annual "No Irish Allowed Mexican Pants Off Dance Off" on day, May 5, where its proprietors claim you can "celebrate like a real vato at Tempe's most Anglo bar" on Cinco de Mayo. Oh, and there will also be specials on tacos and tequila to boot. Call 480-377-8100.
710 E. Gilbert Dr., Tempe
DJ Element will stage a special edition of The Boom Boom Room with spin sessions by K. Supreme, Iron Giant, and J. Nasty, as well as performances by Jivin Scientists and Def-I. 9 p.m.; free before 11 p.m., $5 afterwards. Call 480-967-7617.
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1019 E. Indian School Road
Rhythm Room mainstay Mona Watkins returns to her former stomping grounds for her annual "Cindo De Mona" affair on Monday, May 5, which will feature Santana tribute band Supernatural, a Latin dance lesson and performance by the Arizona Lindy Hop Society, and a special fire performance by Ghazaal Beledi. 7:30 p.m., $5. Call 602-265-4842.
The Shout House
6770 Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
Three days of drinks specials and Cinco celebrations will take place at The Shout House.
On Friday, May 2, enjoy $3 Corona and Dos Equis, as well as half-off bottles of wine and buckets of domestic beer for groups of four, and 50 percent discounts on bottle service for groups of eight from 7 to 8 p.m. and midnight to close. Meanwhile, $4 Dirty Tequila and Antos shots will be served on Saturday, May 3; and $5 margaritas, $2 street tacos, and free admission will be offered on Monday, May 5. Call 623-772-1500.
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The two-day Vagfest kicks off on Friday, May 2, and will feature a slew of female-fronted local bands performing. The lineup includes Cherie Cherie, Man Hands, Katterwaul, Bleeding Rainbow, and Scorpion vs. Tarantula on May 2, followed by Shovel, Numb Bats, White Murder, French Girls, and The Sex on Saturday, May 3. The music starts at 8 p.m. both nights. Admission is free. Call 480-967-4777. See story on page 49 of this issue.