Cinco de Mayo Guide 2015

There is no shortage of places around the Valley to party at on Cinco de Mayo, to say the least. Ditto for all the events that will transpire during the days and nights leading up to the big drinking holiday. For proof, look no further than our annual Cinco guide, which includes all manner of affairs — from authentic and traditional to lively and raucous — throughout Metro Phoenix that will take place on Tuesday, May 5, unless otherwise specified.

Special Events

Casino Arizona

524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale

Celebrate the life and music of the late Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla during a special performance of ¡Vive! Selena in the casino's showroom on Cinco de Mayo. 7:30 p.m., $15. Meanwhile, an evening of Latin music and dancing will be taking place in the Arizona Room Patio Grill with Rhythm of the Sun. 6 p.m., free. Call 480-850-7777

Chandler Cinco de Mayo Festival & Chihuahua Races

22 S. Delaware St., Chandler

Pint-size pups who happen to be fast on their feet will be celebrated during Chandler's annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 2. The event's famous tradition of Chihuahua racing followed by a beauty pageant will once again and begin at 5:30 p.m. with registration starting at 3 p.m. The festival itself, which benefits the Si Se Puede Foundation, will offer Latin, jazz, and mariachi bands, folklorico troupes, a beer garden, food and drink vendors, robotics demonstrations, a health fair, a custom car show, and more. 9 a.m.; free before 3 p.m., $10 thereafter. Call 480-310-2018.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival

200 E. Van Buren St.

Ginuwine, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Keize Montoya, Tower of Power, and Jay Perez will headline this annual two-day block party in downtown Phoenix, which will also include live entertainment from local bands, mariachi groups, traditional musicians, and folklorico dancers. Food and drink vendors, arts and crafts demonstrations, boxing exhibitions, lucha libre wrestling, and a variety of games and distractions are also planned. Hours are 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 2; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. General admission is $5 at the door before 5 p.m., $15 at the door or online after 5 p.m., and free for kids 12 and under. Call 602-279-4669.

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale

The resort's Release summertime pool party series kicks off on Saturday, May 2, and will feature a DJ session by Dutch-born house music producer Chuckie. Gates open at 11 a.m. admission is $23.66. Call 480-850-7777 or visit


32 Shea

10626 N. 32nd St.

Margaritas can be had for $5 all day long. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 602-867-7432.

Arriba Mexican Grill

Six Valley locations

Live entertainment, dancing, giveaways, promo girl appearances, and food and drink specials will be offered at each Arriba location in metro Phoenix on Cinco de Mayo. 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 602-265-9112.

Aunt Chilada's

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.

Fun will be in abundance during Aunt Chilada's notorious Cinco de Mayo party, which will include such thrills as a bikini bocce ball tournament, a Day of the Dead face-painting contest, an adult-oriented piñata bash, live music, DJs, food and drink specials, and more. 4 p.m., $15. Call 602-944-1286.

Bar Vinedo

7215 S. Power Road, Queen Creek

Specials on Azunia Blanco tequila, a gourmet nacho bar, and $3 Dos Equis. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-840-9709.

Diego Pops

4338 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Nosh on Brussels sprout nachos (made with queso Oaxaca, fresno chili, pickled onion, roasted garlic beet crema, and a fried egg garnish) for $10 or enjoy a guava coconut cocktail for $13. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-970-1007.

Fogo de Chão

6300 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

If you're hungry for something more than just tacos and tequila on Cinco, consider sampling the multitude of meats and authentic side dishes that will be prepared by the gaucho chefs at this all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse. Prices are $49.50 per person and include the gourmet salad bar. Open 4:30 p.m to 10 p.m. Call 480-609-8866.


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.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

7450 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Specials on Cinco de Mayo include $2 chicken and beef tacos, $3 bottles of Corona and Corona Light, and $3 pints of Dos Equis Amber, Landshark, and Corona Light. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-678-9896.

Juan Jamie's Tacos & Tequila

20343 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

Beers will be $3, margaritas will be $4, and select shots will be $5. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-515-5826.

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