In downtown Phoenix, like in many places, Cinco de Mayo festivities include eating tacos and drinking cerveza until your stomach hurts. Downtown Phoenix will hold its own celebrations this weekend in remembrance of the holiday.
Cinco de Mayo is commonly confused as Mexican Independence day, but the holiday is a celebration of a Mexican army victory over France in the battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican war.
Here are some ways to celebrate downtown.
5/5 Tres Dulche Cafe:
Have a sweet tooth? This Mexican cafe serves up coffee drinks based on Mexican flavors like tres leche cake. The cafe will be serving music and food in celebration of Cinco de Mayo
Where: 1330 W Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85007
When: Friday, all day
5/5 Heard Museum Fiesta de Familia
This family oriented First Friday event is not in specific Cinco de Mayo event, but with general admission families will have the opportunity to enjoy activities, artist demonstrations, music and more. For those looking to enjoy Mexican art, the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition will also be available on purchase.
Where: Heard Museum 2301 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
When: Friday 6p.m to 10 p.m
Cost: Free, $7 for admission to the Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera exhibition.
5/5 Crescent Ballroom
Both Las Chollas Peligrosas and Nomada will be playing for Cinco de Mayo at Crescent Ballroom. Las Chollas Peligrosas is an all female band that draws on multople genres of latin music. Nomada is a local band that mixes reggae, rock, metal, alternative and cumbia.
Where: Crescent Ballroom 308 N. 2nd Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85003
When: Friday 6 p.m – 8 p.m
5/5 and 5/6 Cinco de Mayo Puppet Slam
This adult only puppet slam is designed to “add some spice to your month.” Local performers will include Rude Rabbit Productions, Gavin Cummins, Honey Goodenough and musical guest Scott Gesser.
Where: Adult Puppet Slam 302 W Latham St, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
When: Friday and Saturday 8pm to midnight
Cost: Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
5/7 Cinco de Mayo Festival
This annual festival will be back for the 24th year in the heart of downtown Phoenix. There will be live music, traditional entertainment, Mexican food and drinks. Entertainment will include luncha libre, ballet folklorico, rides and games Tickets can be purchased online at cincophx.com
Where: 200 W Washington Street, Phoenix Arizona 85004
When: Sunday 12 p.m to 10 p.m.
Cost: General admission is $5
Contact the reporter at Kara.Carlson@asu.edu.