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Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Tampa Bay

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.

15-Hour Party

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.

Silent Disco

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.

Multi-Level Party

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.

Caddy's Celebration

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.

Holiday Skate

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.

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