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The 30 Best Cinco de Mayo Parties in Phoenix in 2018

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at El Hefe in Tempe last year.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at El Hefe in Tempe last year. Benjamin Leatherman

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click to enlarge Spotted at C.A.S.A. Tempe during last year's Cinco festivities. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Spotted at C.A.S.A. Tempe during last year's Cinco festivities.
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Cinco de Mayo Block Party
C.A.S.A. Tempe

This enormous affair will encompass the outdoor “SunBa” patio and the C.A.S.A. main room and feature DJs, drinks, and more. Try to arrive ASAP, as there won’t be a cover during the earlier hours. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-557-8226 fore more info.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
OH Pool at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

Party by the pool with $8 Don Julio Cocktails while DJ Pulse spins high-energy sounds. Be sure to arrive early as the first 50 people will get free tacos. No joke. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call 480-376-2600.

Cinco de Maya
Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale

Superstar hip-hop artist Tyga will headline the Cinco de Maya party, which will also celebrate the club’s fifth anniversary. Doors are at 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 480-625-0528.

Cinco de Modern
Modern Margarita

Get into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo at this North Phoenix spot with food and drink specials, raffle prizes every hour, and more. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $10. Call 602-795-8111.

Cinco de Mayo Party
Q Lounge

Local DJs will drop hip-hop, Top 40, R&B, and Latin jams on Q-Lounge’s two dance floors at the nightspot’s Cinco de Mayo event. Personalities from Power 98.3/96.1 will host the affair and drink specials will be offered. 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-995-5985.

click to enlarge Ozomatli is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 6, at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival in downtown Phoenix. - COURTESY OF PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY
Ozomatli is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 6, at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival in downtown Phoenix.
Courtesy of Paradigm Talent Agency
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
Downtown Phoenix

The intersection of First Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Phoenix will host this enormous annual block party on Sunday, May 6. As with its previous editions, the festival will feature a variety of entertainment and activities, including carnival-style rides and games, arts and crafts, folklorico dancers, traditional mariachi music, lucha libre wrestling, and food and drink vendors.

The folks from Macayo’s will also create a 125-foot burrito, in case you’re really hungry. The live music lineup will be headlined by such bands as Ozomatli, El Chicano, Tierra, and Latin Breed. Hours are from noon to 10 p.m. General admission is $10 and VIP tickets (which includes closer seating for performances and other perks) are $40 to $60.

Club Red in Mesa

Hesh-heads won’t be left out of the Cinco de Mayo fun as local metal acts Virulent, Betrayal of Allies, Ciphered Existence, Devil Lies Down, and Absolute Threshold are all scheduled to perform at Club Red on May 5. 7 p.m., $10. Call 480-200-7529 for more info.

Campo de Mayo
Camp Social

Stop by this Camp Social and partake in such drink specials as $3 Modelo drafts and Pacifico bottles, $5 house margaritas, $8 Casamigos shots and margaritas, and $20 buckets of Corona or Corona Premier. Chef Esteban Contreras will also be whipping up a variety of tacos featuring such ingredients as chicken, shrimp, and octopus. A DJ will perform starting at 8 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-750-0506.

Cinco de Mayo Bash
Old Town Gringos

Cinco de Mayo bash with $5 Pacifico and Modelo Especial drafts, $6 margaritas, giveaways, live music from The Josh Roy Band, and hot spins from DJ Tranzl8r. Themed food specials like the “Mamas and Papas” nachos or fajitas plates made with steak, shrimp, chicken, chorizo, barbacoa, or ground beef will be available. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-423-3800.

Cinco de Mayo Party
Marc’s Sports Grill & Nightlife in Glendale

Drink specials on Cinco de Mayo include happy hour prices from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., $3.25 domestic drafts from 6 to 9 p.m., and $3.75 well drinks and $4.75 you-call-its from 9 to 11 p.m. Karaoke in the lounge starts at 9 p.m., as does a DJ in the main room. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., $5 cover after 9 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.

click to enlarge Fayuca will celebrate Cinco at Rockbar in Scottsdale. - COURTESY OF FAYUCA
Fayuca will celebrate Cinco at Rockbar in Scottsdale.
Courtesy of Fayuca
Cinco De Mayo with Fayuca & Friends
Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale

The popular local Latin rock band is planning to spend their Cinco performing with a few of their pals at Rockbar. DJ Michael Hagen will be spinning on the upstairs patio and Fayuca will have plenty of their namesake beer on-hand to purchase. The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

Release Pool Party
Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale

Panda Funk DJ and producer Deorro will headline the first Release pool party of the season at Talking Stick. Gates open at noon and the party goes until 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 480-850-7777.

Spider Web Dance Night

DJ Damon Foster will serve up rock, punk, and ska songs present a special Cinco de Mayo edition of his Spider-Web dance night at Rips. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., free. Call 602-266-0015.

Cinco de Mayo Weekend
Karamba Nightclub

Karamba will have six straight days of festivities and events inspired by the holiday. Highlights include a pre-Cinco de Mayo show featuring Ruby on Thursday, May 3; a vaquero dance on Friday, May 4; a Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 5; Barbara Seville’s annual Salsa Challenge party on the afternoon of Sunday, May 6; and the karaoke-filled Cinco de Mayo-Thon hosted by Jesus on Monday, May 7. Hours and cover charges vary. See the website for details and more events or call 602-254-0231.

Cinco de Derby party
The Womack

Score such drink specials as $5 Bulleit and $3 Dos Equis at this combination Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby party. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-283-5232.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.