Cinco de Mayo commemorates May 5, 1862, when 5,000 underdog Mexican soldiers defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla. The battle has become a symbol of Mexican unity, and a big reason to party around Tampa Bay. Here are some options to get into the spirit this year.
Raw Falcone serves as host for this 15-hour festival with food and music by the Starside Collective. Free, $7 wristband, $40 VIP. Starts at noon Friday. P.N.P. Festival Grounds, 13139 Gladstone Drive, Tampa. (813) 817-1361.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop and Suerte Tequila Pop Up
Kick off Cinco weekend with a nacho bar, quesadilla station, tacos, tequila flight, margaritas and music. $25. 7 p.m. Friday. Rock Brothers Brewing, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-0110.
The VooDoo Experience: VooDoo de Mayo
This culinary salute to Cinco de Mayo features Voo-Doo-fied creations paired with drinks and a demonstration. Dishes include VooDoo fish tacos, VooDoo chicken and churros and VooDoo Jam shrimp and grits. $65. 7 p.m. Friday. Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-8703. epicureanhotel.com.
Grab a set of headphones and choose your music from three DJs for this Cinco de Mayo-themed dance. $10. 9 p.m. Friday. American Social Bar and Kitchen, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 605-3333.
Fiesta at Luna Loca
Start Cinco de Mayo early with dancing to music by DJ Tony, $15 buckets of Corona or Models, $5 Corona and a tequila shot and two-for-one house margaritas. No cover (food/drink additional). 9 p.m. Friday. Luna Loca, 437 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-4300.
Treehouse Gallery Festival
The 18th annual fiesta features food, drink and giveaways. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. 2835 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 328-3606.
TacoFest at Tampa Riverfest 2019
Tampa Riverfest 2019 celebrates with samples of a variety of tacos and queso. Free, $10 three tacos, $15 five tacos. 10 a.m. Saturday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 221-1539.
Salsa on the Sponge Docks
Tarpon Springs salutes Cinco de Mayo with live Latin music, dancing, more than 50 vendors, food and drinks. Free. 6 p.m. Saturday. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd. (727) 938-3711.
Cruise and Fiesta
Board the Tropics Boat for a cruise with unlimited free domestic beer, $5 margaritas and $3 tequila shots. Then, head to Coco Coronado for free Corona drafts, $2 tacos and happy hour deals. 21 and older only. $35. 7 p.m. Saturday. Tropics Boat Tours, 25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 442-7433. beachchamber.com.
Uke-O de Mayo
National Play Your Ukulele Day and Cinco de Mayo mash up for this music and arts festival with workshops, uke jams, dancing, family crafts, a Mexican-inspired art exhibit and contests. Free. 11 a.m. Sunday. Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 688-7993.
All three floors open for a party with five full-service bars, a Cinco buffet, tastings and giveaways every two hours. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m. Sunday. Red Mesa Events, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-800-584-5414.
Brunch and Bar Crawl
Start with an optional all-you-can-eat brunch with bottomless mimosas before boarding the Crawler Party Bus for a four-stop crawl with a welcome shot and food and drink specials at each stop. Stops include American Social, District Tavern, Mole Y Abuela and the Franklin Manor. $25, $50 with brunch. Noon Sunday. American Social Bar and Kitchen, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (650) 440-2390.
Celebrate with music by Mariachi Garibaldi and Josh Carroll Band, $3 tequila shots, $5 margaritas, $20 Corona buckets and food specials. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon Sunday. Caddy's Indian Shores, 20025 Gulf Blvd. (727) 595-3172.
The Art of the Taco
Art and food combine in this salute with taco-themed art, live painting, a hot pepper-eating contest, a giant LED ball pit, art installations, balloon art and DJ music. Includes three tacos and one drink. $20. The party runs until midnight. 1 p.m. Sunday. Hooch and Hive, 1001 W Cass St., Tampa. (813) 251-1234.
Buy one admission for $5, get a second admission for 5 cents. Also, get a large one-topping pizza, pitcher of soda and 20 game tokens for $20. Two sessions available. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-5826.
Subs in the Sun
Music, live art, games, vendors and unlimited mimosas (with VIP upgrade). $5, $20 VIP. 2 p.m. Sunday. Kozuba & Sons, 1960 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-9078.
Savor the Tropics Food and Wine Fest
This celebration with a Caribbean twist includes Latin music, gourmet tropical dishes, Mexican food, a live hula performance and steel pan music. $15-$35. 4 p.m. Sunday. USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 447-8538. cityfestivals.org.
Casa Tina Party
Get to Casa Tina for a traditional celebration with Mexican food, free salsa lessons, music by Trio Potencia Huasteca, Grupo Folklorico Mahetzi, Trio Potencia Huasteca and Orquesta Infindad Salsa Band and a traditional parade of giant papier-mache puppets. Free (food/drink additional). 4 p.m. Sunday. Casa Tina's, 365 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 734-7700.
St. Pete Block Party
Nueva Cantina's block party has live music, street performers, food and drink specials. Free. 4 p.m. Sunday. Nueva Cantina, 1625 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 851-9579.
Singles de Mayo
The Singles of Substance have a Cinco de Mayo-themed social networking event. Free. 5 p.m. Sunday. Brandon Martini Live, 795 W Lumsden Blvd., Brandon. (813) 278-5085.
Concierto de Fuego
The Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds presents this musical tribute featuring a wide range of Latin-style music. $10. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 325-3192.
Cinco de Comedy
A smokers-friendly night of standup comedy by popular Instagram comedians. $25, $50 VIP. 9 p.m. Sunday. Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 968-1515.
Quatro De Mayo Street Festival
Make a donation to sample food at this festival with live music, dodgeball and beer and wine tastings. Benefits the Tampa Firefighters Museum and the Matthew T. Bunch Foundation. $20 beer and wine wristbands. 3 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Firefighters Museum, 720 Zack St., Tampa. (813) 417-1190.