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Cinco de Mayo Parties in the Valley

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 18:05

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Adrian Lesoing, Special to College Times

Cinco de Mayo Scottsdale Block Party, Get your party faces on, because this year’s Cinco de Mayo weekend is going to be one for the books. This is one of the biggest block parties this weekend, filled with lots of iced and blended alcoholic beverages and live music from Rome and special guests Kongos, Seedless, Through the Roots, The Veragroove and Valley Love. Party in Chandler begins at 8 a.m., parties in south Tempe and Mesa begin at 10 a.m. Dos Gringos, 4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480.423.3800,, Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m., $8 to $10 (21+)


Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival, Head on down to the 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival and munch on yummy eats and dance the day away with live DJ music or a performance by Ballet Folklorico and Ozomatli. According to organizers, more than 2 million people in the Valley have celebrated Cinco de Mayo at this festival (estimated attendance this year is 75,000). The festival has also been a platform for giving away $350,000 in scholarships to 150 students. 200 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 602. 254.6500,, Saturday, April 4, 2 p.m. to midnight, Sunday, April 5, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., $5


Salty Señorita Bash, It is time to let loose and celebrate spring’s most fun holiday – Cinco de Mayo! Party like a real señor or señorita at the Salty Senorita Bash. Those who roll up on their strand cruisers will score free entrance to the event.Salty Señorita, Old Town Scottsdale, 3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480. 946.7258,, Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, 10 a.m., $5


Cinco de Mayo Festival w/Chihuahua Races, Aside from live music, eats, crafts and vendors, this event will also offer attendees free health screenings and healthy living information. Oh, and Chihuahua races! Chandler Public Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware Street, Chandler 480.310.2018,, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free


El Mirage Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Wash down Mexican fare with beer and to-die-for sangria while being entertained by mariachi music. The little ones out there can also enjoy face painting and balloon animals, making this event perfect for the whole family. El Mirage City Plaza, 14010 N. El Mirage Road, El Mirage, 623.876.2978,, Saturday, May 4, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., free


TQLA Patio Party, It would not be Cinco de Mayo without a little tequila. Sample more than 80 different types of tequila and or one of many flavorful Mexican beers at the TQLA Patio Party. Also enjoy delicious Southwestern grub while soaking up the warm spring weather. TQLA, 1840 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa, 480.495.3806,, Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m., free


Cinco de Mayo 2013, Celebrate three full days of Cinco de Mayo this year with fierce tequila shots. Catch the Paint and Patron Art Show Friday night, live entertainment on Saturday and hours of live music, food and drinks all day and night long on Sunday for the main event. Macayo’s Depot Cantina, 300 S. Ash Avenue, 480.966.6677,, Tempe, Friday, May 3, 10 a.m., to Sunday, May 6, 2 a.m., free

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