Margarita Madness

Given P-Town's proximity to Mexico, we Phoenicians pretty much experience Latino culture in one form or another nearly 365 days a year. But things are really gonna get amped up from Friday, May 4, to Sunday, May 6, as the PHX is fixing to host some serious Cinco de Mayo shindigs. Whether you're a vato or a gabacho, nearly every bar and watering hole in the Valley's gonna fire up the blenders and make sure they've stocked up on Sauza, with the hope you'll plunk down plenty of pesos at their establishment. We've sorted through all the cerveza celebrations and amassed a selection of some of the hottest Hispanic hootenannies going on around the 'Nix, including some fabbo fetes where you can stick some culture in your craw, as well as plenty of Corona. Comprende?

(All events have no cover charge unless otherwise specified.)



Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Cinco de Mayo festivities include live music, arts and crafts, and a performance by the Scottsdale International Club dancers. 6:30-10 p.m. Free. Call 480-874-4607.


Aunt Chilada’s
7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.
Cinco de Mayo celebration benefiting the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities with music by the Chris Parker Project, food booths, prize giveaways, a complimentary happy hour buffet, and more. 11 a.m. -2 a.m. $5. Call 602-944-1286.

Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant
1949 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
The two-day "Lakeside Fiesta" kicks off with food and drink specials, DJ Mick spinning the hits, a balloon twister, entertainment from Si Se Puede Hispanic Dance Group at 6 p.m., and more. 5-10 p.m. Call 480-786-3100.


Last Exit Bar & Grill
1425 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The good ol' boys of The Earps hold a CD-release party with performances by the band, Big Tex & The Blazin' Pintos, and others, as well as drink specials, raffles, an appearance by the Arizona Derby Dames, and more. 9 p.m. $5. Call 480-557-6656.

Macayo’s on Central
4001 N. Central Ave.
"Pre-Cinco Party" with DJ Big Latin and DJ Villin dropping the hot reggaeton and hip-hop tracks, as well as a piñata drop at midnight. 8 p.m. -2 a.m. Call 602-264-6141 for cover.



Bass Invaders Cinco de Mayo Bash
Get your dance on at this all-night rave featuring piñata busts, fire dancing by S_T_3, and a loaded lineup of turntablists spinning jungle and drum 'n' bass tracks, including Killah-Ranks, DJ Sickx, Coda, Quentin, Free-D, Carmen Vega, Robotech, DJ Aries, and others. 8 p.m. Call 480-285-6605 the night of the event for admission price and location.

Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd St.
"Reggaeton Explosion" featuring performances by N.O.R.E., Rameses, Brisaye, Tont Haze, Kemo the Blaxican, and Power 98.3's DJ Skandalis. 8 p.m. $25-$35 presale ($30-$40 day of show). Call 602-267-1600.

Chandler Downtown Library
100 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler
Pack up your pups for Chandler's annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, which is headlined by Chihuahua racing at 6 p.m. (with a $10 entry fee, signup at 1 p.m.), and contests to determine the "King and Queen Chihuahua" at 7 p.m.; in addition to live entertainment, vendors, food and drink, and more all day. Noon to 8 p.m. Call 480-782-2735.

Cricket Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave.
Cowboy up at a concert by country music sensation Kenny Chesney. 7:30 p.m. $35.50-$73.50. Call 480-784-4444 or see

Downtown Phoenix Copper Square
Central Ave. & Washington St.
The two-day Cinco de Mayo Festival promises live music and dancing from both local and international entertainers, food and drink, vendors, a children's play area, and more. 1 p.m.-midnight. $5, or free for children 12 and under. Call 602-279-4669.

El Pedregal Festival Marketplace
34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring a salsa challenge, music from the Mariachi Tierra del Sol Band and Spanish guitarist Miguel de Maria, tequila tastings, and plenty of Mexican cuisine. Noon-4 p.m. Call 480-488-1072.

Paper Heart
750 Grand Ave.

Scandalesque presents its Cinco de Mayo burlesque showcase featuring their newest performer Peekaboo Pixie, as well as comedian Brad Zinn. 9 p.m. $15. Call 602-262-2020.

Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
Arizona Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with food, drinks, games, a carnival, vendors, and live entertainment from Alfonso de la Espriella, El Lonely, Estados de Union, Estigma, Far From Stereo, My Enemies Hero, Plazma, Un Dia De Octubre, Verzus, Mr. Zig-Zag, Evelyn Champayne King, and more. Noon-11 p.m. $5 (free for children under 12). Call 623-878-9113.

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