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OTC Patio Bar, 3212 Kirby, 713-489-0860
Hendricks Pub, 3320 Kirby, 713-522-1500,
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at The Cinco De Derby Block Party, which will feature a live band, multiple DJs, a dunk tank and a jalapeño-eating contest. For refreshments, there will be a food court and drink and shot specials for the duration of the party. Tickets are available presale for $5, and day-of admission is $10. The festivities begin at 10 a.m.
1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336
The 3rd Annual Disco Green Electronic Music Festival returns to Discovery Green, from noon to 10 p.m, this time with a Cinco De Mayo flair. The artists who will be in attendance include Kenny Dope Gonzalez, who fuses house, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, soul and broken beats to get his sound, and La Orquesta Salmerum, an 11-piece band that will perform salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha, mambo and cumbia.
East End Street Fest
4500 Block of Harrisburg, 713-928-9916
A new Cinco de Mayo event has been added to the lineup this year with the daylong East End Street Fest. Dedicated to showcasing the cultural richness of the area, the event promises a diverse roster of performers, from hip-hop dancers to the band Los Pistoleros de Tejas to salsa great Norma Zenteno. While celebrating the special day, the festival is also intended to show off the recent beautification of the Greater East End District, including the construction of a new Metro rail line. The day's entertainment will include everything from food competitions in which taco trucks duke it out to receive the title of Houston's Best Taco, to dance troupe performances courtesy of FrenetiCore Dance and the Hip Hop Dance Troupe. The event is free, and will run from noon until 8 p.m.
1423 Richmond, 713-520-6635
2307 Ella Blvd., 832-767-3405
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a live DJ, a mariachi band, tents, prizes and liquid-nitrogen-frozen margaritas, all at El Gran Malo. Karbach Brewing Co. will be pouring beer, and street tacos will be served outside with chili and garlic-marinated carne asada, grilled onions, peppers and lime, in addition to the full menu. Tents with alcoholic snow-cones, tequila-soaked frozen fruit and champagne cocktails will also be on hand. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Hugo's will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with its classic Mexican Fiesta brunch buffet. The brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $27 per person. The event will include Mexican folk dancing and music by Viento. Drinks featuring Tres Generaciones and Hornitos Tequilas will be available at special prices, and guests will be able to take home a special margarita recipe courtesy of the restaurant's sommelier.
1018 Fairview 713-521-0963
La Mexicana in Montrose is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a big Cinco de Mayo bash. There will be three happy hours throughout the day. In the morning, it's $3 mimosas, $4 margaritas and $5 Bloody Marys from 7 to 9 a.m. At lunch, it's mariachis, a balloon twister for the kids and raspas from noon to 2 p.m. Later that day, La Mex hosts its final happy hour of the day from 4 to 8 p.m. with $2 cans of Tecate, $3 short tequila shots, $4 margaritas, $8 jumbo margaritas and plenty of food specials: $7.95 Messy Nachos (a huge pile of chips, meat, cheese, charro beans), $5 mini tacos and a pound of fajitas for $17.95.
2200 Southwest Fwy., 713-528-6399
Celebrate the day by enjoying a pay-per-view boxing match featuring Mayweather versus Cotto and by helping yourself to $14 pitchers of Dos Equis or $20 buckets of Tecate. Then, after the fights, join in for a few rounds of karaoke.
501 Crawford St., 713-259-8000
The Houston Astros would like to invite everyone to the 2012 Cinco de Mayo Festival at Minute Maid Park during the Astros vs. Cardinals game, starting at 6:05 p.m. The festival features traditional Latin foods and beverages, games and activities. The players will be wearing their Los Astros jerseys for the evening's game, and the first 10,000 fans will receive a Los Astros cap. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and tickets for the game start at $5 for adults and $1 for kids.
4400 North Fwy., 713-692-6131
This shopping area will be offering free family-friendly festivities for the third year in a row. Running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event features more than 50 exhibitors, including live entertainment from Mango Punch and Latin DJ Jumpin Jess. Later, kids will be able to play games with the Radio Disney Road Crew.
3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
Ouisie's Table will be offering a Cinco de Mayo Breakfast menu starting at 8 a.m. Choose from more than a dozen Mexican breakfast items such as Chorizo with Eggs (hot or spicy), Huevos Rancheros, Huevos & Ham, Migas and Nopales en Salsa Roja with Eggs and more.