Be in the Know: Cinco De Mayo Festivities

Plan your day, or night, with our list of tequila and cerveza appreciation activities.

If you haven’t already heard, May 5 falls on a Saturday this year, resulting in a lively array of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this festive occasion. Whether you’re planning a family outing with the kids or a night of mezcal-induced mayhem with your peers–or maybe both!–there is plenty going on to fit everyone’s schedules. There will be no shortage of delicious Mexican food and entertainment, so be sure to visit at least one of these events this Saturday. Happy fifth of May!

Cinco De Mayo at Little Water Cantina |  11 a.m. – 2 a.m. | From their Baja Fish Taco Plate or Wild Boar Tortas, to their tasty Margaritas with fresh squeezed lime juice, and their wide array of Mexican cervezas, plus live music by Country Lips from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the patio — Little Water Cantina in Eastlake is the place to post-up for an all-day festive celebration. Plus, it’s their one-year anniversary — it’s even more of a reason to celebrate! (2865 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle)

Cinco De Mayo at Belltown Pub | 2 p.m. – midnight | Relax to the sounds of a Mariachi band while enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine at The Belltown Pub, which is hosting an all-day event this May 5. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a trip to Vegas, and then sit back and sip on a tequila-inspired cocktail. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see the pub’s owners dance the Mexican Hat Dance. (2322 1st Ave, Seattle)

The Taco Truck Challenge| Festivities start at 9:30 a.m. and Fiesta 5k Ole! start at 12p.m. | Put on by 107.7 The End, this is the 2nd annual Taco Truck Challenge. Taco trucks from all over the city will come to a Volunteer Park to compete to be the “best taco truck.” There is also a 5K run in the morning —  a great way to kick-off Cinco de Mayo. The spirits garden will feature Jose Cuervo Especial Silver, Jose Cuervo Especial Gold, Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver and Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado – all at great prices. (1402 East Galer Street,  Seattle)

Cinco De Mayo Pub Crawl | 1 – 8 p.m. | The timing of this pub crawl allows you to ease into your evening festivities, as it is scheduled to take up most of your afternoon, leaving your night free. The bars won’t be announced until the night before, but don’t let that deter you from dressing as a matador and joining in on games, dancing, and of course, celebrating a holiday that Mexico may or may not actually observe. (various Seattle locations)

Cinco De Mayo at El Centro de la Raza |1 – 5 p.m. | This free, family-friendly event celebrates the holiday with children’s activities, a raffle and door prizes, and craft and information booths. This 7th annual event will also offer traditional Mexican food for sale, and performances by several artists. (2524 16th Avenue South  Seattle)

Cinco De Mayo at Poquitos | 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. | Get your fiesta on at Poquitos in Capitol hill. Chef Manny Arce will be box roasting a whole pig and making street tacos for the crowd to enjoy for $3. The full menu will also be available for those interested in their favorites such as Guacamole made to order, Baja Fish Tacos, Goat Birria, Ceviche, Chile Rellenos, and Mole Negro. The eatery will also feature special margaritas and cocktails made with Herradura and Avion tequilas and Cointreau. (1000 East Pike Street, Seattle)

Cinco de Mayo at Matador | Happy Hour from 4 – 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. | For $6, sip on the Cinco Margarita, a classic citrus version made from scratch with Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila. Or, for $8, knock back a Cinco Shot + Beer, which gives you an ounce and a half of Cuervo Tradicional Reposado and a refreshing Dos Equis to wash it down. Matador will also be offering their exceptional happy hour food to soak up the cerveza’s. (West Seattle: 4546 California Ave SW, Seattle;  Ballard: 2221 Northwest Market Street,  Seattle)

Cinco de Mayo at Agua Verde | Paddle your way down to Agua Verde to enjoy the Skagit Berry Margarita made with fresh berries from the Skagit Valley or the Paloma made with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado and fresh lime juice over ice. (1303 NE Boat St, Seattle)