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Cinco de Mayo in the Coastal Bend

05/02/2019 05:01PM ● By Kylie Cooper

May 5 is coming up quick, which means you need to get your Cinco de Mayo plans in order pronto. But first, let’s get one thing out of the way: Though it’s often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in honor of the country’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations, ie our lovely city by the bay. 

With that being said, there’s plenty of local places in the Coastal Bend to drink, eat, and enjoy the holiday. ¡Salud!

Brewster Street Icehouse is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Bash on Sunday, May 5th. Bring the whole family out for some live Mariachi music, All You Can Eat Crawfish beginning at noon,  Face Painting & Balloon Animals for the kids, Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, $5 Mexican Martinis, and Mexican Beer & Margarita Specials.

Rebel Toad Brewing is hosting Crawfish de Mayo, head downtown on Saturday from 4pm to 11pm for local beer and some delicious crawfish from Full Speed Ahead Crawfish!

Wonders Bar & Grill is having a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Saturday, May 4th from 3pm – 2am with great food, music, and drink specials all day.

The Executive Surf Club is celebrating Cinco de Drinko on Sunday, May 5th with live music and drink specials including: $5 Frozen Margaritas, $5 Espolon and Toro de Lidia Tequila, $4 Mexican Candy Shots, $1 off all Mexican draft beers. Don’t miss out!

Fajitaville is bringing the fun with their Cinco de Mayo Limbo Contest on Sunday May 5th, at 4pm with the winner taking home a brand new TV! If you’re not into flexing your talents, there will still be lawn games, plus delicious food and drinks served up all day.

Threads is hosting one of their Sip & Shop days to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, enjoy free margaritas from 11am – 6pm and shop their awesome selection of clothing and accessories.