You won't need to dredge up your high school Spanish to enjoy this Latin-flavored holiday — anyone can celebrate the Mexican defeat of a French army at Puebla with tequila, margaritas and the occasional roast pig with help from their favorite restaurants, bars and clubs.
Friday, May 2
Bodegas Taco Shop
1200 Binz, #160, 713-528-6102
Bodegas is once again launching its block party complete with authentic street tacos, drink specials and live music courtesy of a Mariachi band. There's a bounce house for the kids, while adults may want to take a crack at riding the mechanical bull. The event is free to attend and will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight.
Cook & Collins
2416 Brazos, Suite C, 832-701-1973
Cook & Collins will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo by debuting The Terrace Bar from 5 to 7 p.m. with a "Titanium Tequila Happy Hour." Enjoy happy hour prices on Signature Craft Titanium Tequila Cocktails, bar bites and surprise giveaways, and a specially priced Titanium Collins cocktail all Cinco de Mayo weekend.
MAY 2 - 5
1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Hugo's will be celebrating all weekend long with a specially prepared tequila-paired tasting menu featuring Tres Generaciones cocktails. The menu consists of four courses — among them mole, salad and suckling pig — and costs $65 per person. On Cinco de Mayo itself, the restaurant will have food specials, happy hour and live music by its house band, Viento, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz, 713-522-1138
Las Américas Ballet Folklórico is back at the Children's Museum to perform regional Mexican dances while decked out in full traditional garb. The performance takes place at 3 p.m. Entrance to the museum is $9 for general admission.
El Big Bad
419 Travis, 713-229-8181
From 11 to 2 a.m., El Big Bad is spicing up Cinco de Mayo with liquid nitrogen margaritas, Yucatan roast pigs, and a keg of Karbach Brewing Co.'s FUN Series 007, a super limited-production 4 Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter. Crawfish will be served on the balcony starting at noon, and DJ Ebonix from 104.1 KRBE will provide live entertainment from 8 p.m. on.
Fiesta Universal in The Woodlands
2099 Lake Robbins, 832-326-0221
Head to Town Green Park in The Woodlands to celebrate Latin culture at the Fiesta Universal. The event is free to attend and will include food trucks run by local vendors, live music and plenty of family-friendly attractions, among them face-painting, balloon art and a bounce house. Live entertainment will be provided from 3 to 8 p.m. by a variety of performers, including Latin rock band Jalea, a DJ, Ballet Folklórico, Aztec dancers and a mariachi band. Visitors will also get the chance to see an ambulance and a fire truck and to talk to first responders about their experiences. Proceeds from the festival will go toward providing local high school students with the opportunity to attend college.
House of Blues
1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837
Kick off Cinco de Mayo in the Peacock Room with live entertainment by La Sien and Bang Bangz. The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $58 per person, and only those 21 or older may attend.
LULAC Cinco de Mayo Parade
Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford
Get a glimpse of Mexican culture at the eighth 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 Maid Park and wind their way through downtown, ending at Preston and Crawford around noon. Free.
MAY 3 - 4
#7 Kemah Boardwalk, 281-334-9049
At its Kemah location, the Cadillac Bar invites customers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with specials on margaritas, buckets of beer and fireball whiskey shots, as well as with a taco stand and special giveaways. On Saturday, the bar will also host live entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m.
Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival at the Depot
201 S. Elm, 281-351-5484
Tomball is celebrating with its usual two days of food, live music and fun. Festivities will include competitive boudin ball and hushpuppy eating, as well as performances by Ezra Charles and His Texas Blues Band, Bayou Roux and Texas TNT on Saturday, and The Fab 5, Mango Punch and the Posse Band on Sunday.
Cinco Block Party
OTC Patio Bar
3212 Kirby, 713-489-0860
3320 Kirby, 713-522-1500
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at OTC Patio Bar and Hendrick's Pub for their third annual Cinco Block Party, which will feature live entertainment from the Spazmatics.
Maria Selma Restaurant
1617 Richmond, 713-528-4920
Maria Selma Restaurant will host a tequila tasting featuring nine different tequilas, one of which is IZKALI. The event takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. and costs $35 at the door or $30 in advance.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr., 281-373-3386
Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade will take the stage to celebrate and continue the tradition of Cinco de Mayo at Miller. Look for the celebration to start at 8 p.m. This event is free to attend.
7979 N. Eldridge, 281-890-5500
Traders Village and Telemundo present the market's 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Expect lots of live music from Las Fenix, folkloric dancers, games and other activities as well as a large selection of cervezas and margaritas. Fajitas and turkey legs will be on the grill. Free admission ($3 parking fee).
MONDAY MAY 5
1802 Shepherd, 713-862-2020
At its Houston location, the Cadillac Bar will celebrate on the day proper with specials on margaritas, buckets of beer and fireball whiskey shots as well as with a taco stand and special giveaways. In addition, a DJ will provide live entertainment from 5 to 10 p.m.
2706 Westheimer, 713-524-1700
At the Chuy's River Oaks location, visitors will enjoy a party on the patio complete with giveaways and a special beer garden. At the remaining Houston-area locations, visitors will enjoy an all-day happy hour featuring $3.95 house margaritas, $2.75 domestic beers and $7.50 house Texas martinis and $3 Corona and Corona Light.
El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
1201 Westheimer, 713-524-1201 www.elrealtexmex.com
Celebrate the date with tequila sampling and margarita specials at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe.
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
12503 Telge Rd., Cypress, 281-373-0300
La Hacienda gets into the spirit with $3 shots, $1 off of jumbo margaritas, special margarita flavors and prize giveaways.
Los Gallitos Mexican Cafe
3385 Highway 6, 281-313-1401
Los Gallitos will serve up margarita specials and tequila samples.
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3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
Ouisie's Table will be offering its Sunset chicken enchiladas with red and green sauce along with three hand-picked artisanal tequilas for sipping all day on Cinco de Mayo. The menu also includes black beans, rice and guacamole on the side and costs $20 plus tax and gratuity.