Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is here again, so visit your local watering hole for a good dose of Mexican culture — which means family fun, music you can move to and of course, margaritas, tequila and cervezas. Whether you're saluting your Mexican heritage or just trying to have a good time, there are plenty of places to party this Cinco de Mayo.
Thursday, May 2 -
Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz, 713-522-1138
The Fiesta de Cinco de Mayo at the Children's Museum of Houston lasts all week long, with most activities scheduled daily, but there's a special appearance by Las Américas Ballet Folklórico at 3 p.m. on May 4. Decked out in full traditional garb, the company's young dancers perform regional Mexican dances. Daily activities include games (Lotería, which is similar to Bingo), craft projects (create a Macaroni Sombrero, paint a Mexican tile and weave an Ojo de Dios), and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, and Free Family Night 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. All activities are included. Free to $9
Friday, May 3
Fiesta Universal in The Woodlands
31 Waterway Square, 281-397-2244
For those who want to see the cultural side of Cinco de Mayo, Fiesta Universal is a family-friendly event with free entry. Visitors can also pay $20 for a chance to taste food from all the vendors and receive two drink tickets. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
301 Milam, 713-650-3022
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Three Amigos Quote-Along. Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short star as three unemployed and clueless actors who get in trouble south of the border. Watch the film outdoors in Market Square and feel free to quote along with the dialogue. Free.
Cinco de Mayo Parade
Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford
Get a taste of Mexican culture at the annual LULAC Cinco de Mayo Parade. Some 100 entries, including local marching bands, dance troupes, mariachi bands, classic car clubs and more, line up starting at 10 a.m. at Minute Made Park and wind their way through downtown, ending at Preston and Crawford around noon. Free.
Cadillac Bar (Kemah Location)
#7 Kemah Boardwalk, 281-334-9049
The Cadillac Bar will start its Cinco de Mayo celebrations a day early with live music by the Vu Du Kingz, as well as a taco stand, prize giveaways, buckets of beer, aguas frescas and access to the Kemah Boardwalk's International Beer Festival.
Head over to El Pueblito to celebrate a different kind of Mexican holiday — Cinco de Mango. The Latin rock band Mango Punch! will be presenting its annual Cinco de Mayo performance there for your listening pleasure from 7 to
10 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Sunday, May 5
Bayou Music Center
520 Texas, 713-230-1666
HOT 95-7's Cinco de Mayo Bomb with The Wanted and Carly Rae Jepsen has had such a terrific response, organizers moved the party over to the Bayou Music Center (don't worry, your House of Blues tickets will be honored). The show starts at 7 p.m. $28.50 to $48.50.
Star Fleet Yachts
280 Grove Rd, Kemah, 281-334-4692
Spend the afternoon aboard a luxury yacht during the Star Fleet's Cinco de Mayo Cruise. Travel through Clear Lake and Galveston Bay for two hours while you enjoy a buffet lunch and drinks. A DJ will be spinning tunes for anyone who has the desire to shake a maraca or two. Cash bar. $39 to $79
2600 Travis, 832-767-0513
Sam Spindel Entertainment and Proof Bar are offering a $2,000 cash prize and a year of free tanning courtesy of Darque Tan for the winner of the Miss Cinco de Mayo Houston contest. There'll be live music by The Beggars Inc. The show starts at 1 p.m.
7979 N. Eldridge, 281-890-5500
Traders Village and Telemundo present the market's 8th Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Expect lots of live music, folkloric dancers, games, activities, as well as a large selection of cervezas. Fajitas and turkey legs will be on the grill. Free admission ($3 parking fee).
Cadillac Bar (Houston Location)
1802 Shepherd, 713-862-2020
The Cadillac Bar in Houston celebrates the Mexican holiday with a mariachi band, margarita specials, buckets of beer, prize giveaways and appropriately themed appetizers. A DJ will also perform from 5 to 10 p.m.
Cadillac Bar (Kemah Location)
#7 Kemah Boardwalk, 281-334-9049
For Cinco de Mayo proper, the Cadillac Bar in Kemah is bringing back its taco stand, aguas frescas, buckets of beer and prize giveaways, and will be adding a DJ who'll perform from 1 to 5 p.m.
1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Stop by Hugo's for a traditional Puebla-style buffet, drink specials, live musical entertainment by Hugo's house band Viento, and a performance of ballet folklórico. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs till 2:30 p.m. Entry is $29 per adult and $12 per child. Gratuity, tax and drink price are not included in the entry fee.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford, 713-259-8000
The Houston Astros invite everyone to their 2013 Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Minute Maid Park. The festivities will include The Street Festival, which starts at noon and features live music, player appearances, games, activities and traditional Latin food and beverages. Later, at the 3:10 p.m. game against the Tigers, all the players will be sporting their "Los Astros" jerseys, an honor that will be extended (albeit in T-shirt form) to the first 10,000 fans to arrive. Tickets for the game will be discounted for all those who use a special Cinco de Mayo code when buying them online.
7500 Bellaire, 713-777-1111
At the PlazAmericas Cinco celebration, visitors will get to see ballet folklórico performances on three stages as well as a live musical display of Mexican ranching culture by Javier Aguilar, also known as Orgullo Ranchero.
Folklore Mexicano featuring Leyenda Dance Company
6000 Hermann Park Dr., 281-373-3386
Cinco de Miller features performances by Leyenda Dance Company, one of the leading ballet folklórico groups in the country. Lots of family-friendly fun and it's all free. Look for the celebration to start at 8 p.m.
Skeeter's Mesquite Grill
5529 Weslayan, 713-660-7090,
All locations of Skeeter's Mesquite Grill will be offering all Mexican beers for $2 all day.
May 4 & 5
Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival at the Depot
201 South Elm St., 281-351-5484
Tomball is putting on a free two-day festival with performances by The Bottle Rockers, The Silverado Band and Waylon Thibodeaux on Saturday, followed by Tracey Hood and Braid, Bayou Roux and The Mambo Jazz Kings on Sunday. There'll be a special area for the kids, a boudin ball and hushpuppy eating contest and a crawfish race. The event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. both days. Parking is free.
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