Cinco de Mayo Guide 2014

Special Events

Chandler Downtown Public
Library Courtyard
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 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.


Aunt Chilada's
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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.