Cinco de Mayo 2014 is this Monday, May 5, but the first day of the work week is not exactly the best day to celebrate a holiday that’s come to be synonymous with margaritas and tequila shots (at least here in the US), now is it? That’s why most Cinco celebrations are happening this weekend in Boston, so you need to be prepared.
If you’re not watching the Kentucky Derby, or plan to just do a whole lot of celebrating this weekend (find your guide to Kentucky Derby parties in Boston here), this is what’s going on in the city for Cinco de Mayo, today through next week.
See also: 13 Cinco de Mayo-ready margaritas you can find in Boston.
Del Frisco’s Tequila Dinner – May 2, 6 to 9 p.m. – Del Frisco’s – Head to the Seaport steakhouse for a multi-course tequila dinner tonight to really kick off Cinco de Mayo weekend right. Sponsored by Jose Cuervo, Maestro Dobel and 1800, guests will enjoy six courses matched with fine tequila. Reservations are $99 and can be made by calling 617-951-1368.
Dire de Mayo – May 2, 8 to 10 p.m. – Out of the Blue Gallery – The Dire Literary Series is giving Bostonians a different way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. At this literary gathering, you’ll hear open mic readings, as well as readings from featured writers Meg Tuite, Christopher Reilly and Robin Stratton. In honor of de Mayo, there will be frozen blended drinks served. Free, but suggested donation is $5.
Sombrero Brunch – May 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Painted Burro – This Mexican-inspired brunch will pack powerful flavors into your morning, and any guests wearing festive Mexican headwear will earn a free iced coffee horchata. During brunch on Sunday, there will be rounds of Loteira (a Mexican version of Bingo) played in the bar area starting at 12:30 p.m., with the chance to win a $25 gift card to the restaurant.
3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party – May 3, noon to 5 p.m. – Taza Chocolate Factory Store – Taza will be closing down the block for their annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party. There will free samples from vendors like Spindrift Soda, NOLA’s Fresh Foods, Slumbrew and more, with food and drink for purchase from Taco Party, The Happy Taco and others. Music will be provided by DJ Riobamba, and dancing is of course encouraged. This event is free to attend.
Drinko de Mayo with Crawl in Boston – May 3, noon to 7:30 p.m. – Faneuil Hall – Crawl in Boston’s Cinco de Mayo pub crawl will take Faneuil Hall by festive storm this Saturday. Three-dollar or less drink specials will be featured at participating bars, and while the swag tickets are sold out, you can still score a Wristband Only ticket for $25. Proceeds will benefit Heroes of Beacon Street Fire.
Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl – May 3, noon to 2 a.m. – Mija Cantina – Beginning at The Place and ending at The Wild Rover, this Faneuil-Financial District bar crawl lasts all day and night. Guests can register at Mija Cantina for $10 at any point until 6 p.m. when registration closes. There will be margaritas, tacos and plenty of tequila at every stop.
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl – May 3, 12:30 to 8 p.m. – The Bell in Hand – Because there can never be enough Cinco de Mayo bar crawls. Registration begins at The Bell in Hand at 12:30 on Saturday, and the crawl will begin at 2 p.m. through the downtown area. There will be drink specials and a “Most Interesting Costume” contest, so remember to dress interesting. Tickets are $20.
Fajitas and ‘Ritas Block Party – May 3, 6 to 9 p.m. – 25 West Street – Fajitas and ‘Ritas is celebrating their 25th anniversary, conveniently on Cinco de Mayo weekend. They’re closing down West Street in Downtown Crossing for an evening celebration with live music, sangria, beer and of course, fajitas and ‘ritas. Free to attend.
Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise – May 3, 6 to 10 p.m. – Provincetown II – Take your Cinco celebrations on the open seas at this Boston Harbor Cruise party. Unfortunately, this cruise is already sold out.
Cinco de Mustache – May 3, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Hard Rock Cafe – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo while raising money for MSPCA this Saturday. There will be music all night from five local bands, and if you BYOM (bring your own mustache), you’ll be entered to win prizes from JP Licks, Taza and Boston Burger Co. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, with part of the proceeds going to MSPCA.
Drink de Mayo at Howl at the Moon – May 5, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Howl at the Moon – Boston’s dueling piano bar will be getting in the Cinco de Mayo spirit on Monday with $20 86 oz. Mega Margaritas and more drink specials from Jose Cuervo and Dos Equis, as well as festive piano duels.
Free Tacos – May 5, 5 to 10 p.m. – Tryst – Score a free taco on Cinco de Mayo at Tryst in Arlington. With the purchase of a Habanero Lime Margarita ($13), guests will receive a free pork confit taco with chili spiced pineapple slaw.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – May 5, 8 p.m. to midnight – The Beehive – Mariachi and Telemundo superstar Veronica Rubles will be bringing her talents for a set at The Beehive in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant will also be serving inspired dishes and cocktail specials starting at 4 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi Internacional – May 5, 8 p.m. to midnight – Get your La Cucaracha on at the Beat Hotel on Cinco de Mayo with nine-piece band Mariachi Internacional. Starting at 4 p.m., drink and food specials with Mexican flair will be served to accompany the night’s music.
BostInno de Mayo – May 8, 6 to 10 p.m. – Tia’s – Join the BostInno team (and yours truly) at Tia’s on Thursday for a festive Cinco de Mayo party, doubling as a summer tech kickoff party on the Waterfront. Limited drink tickets will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Free tickets are sold out, but you can purchase a $28 ticket in support of event sponsor TUGG. Ticket purchasers will receive a Rightside T-shirt.
Kitchen Kibitz Cinco de Mayo Pop Up – May 8, 7 to 9 p.m. – Olé – The Kitchen Kibitz is taking their next pop-up dinner to Olé, where there will be Mexican-Jewish fare served with margaritas to sip. Think dishes like Mexican challah, gefilte fish a la verecruzana, pozole matzoball soup, beef tongue tacos and more. Tickets are $75, and the meal is not kosher.