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40 Cinco de Mayo events in the Tampa Bay area

Here’s where to celebrate the May 5 holiday this year.
One of the larger area Cinco de Mayo celebrations takes place at Casa Tina's in Dunedin and spills out into John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.
One of the larger area Cinco de Mayo celebrations takes place at Casa Tina's in Dunedin and spills out into John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park. [ Tom Germond, Special to the Times ]
Published Apr. 26|Updated May 5

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. Americans traditionally use it as a day to stuff ourselves with Mexican food and party. Here are ways for you to enjoy the holiday.

Canceled due to weather: Fiesta: A Cinco de Mayo Party: The party on Spa Beach at the St. Pete Pier will have authentic entertainment, tacos, tequila, margaritas, a mariachi band and performance by Sol Caribe, activities and games for the entire family. Get tickets and details at fiestastpete.com. $10-$20; VIP $55-$75. 1-9 p.m. April 30. St. Pete Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-822-7437.

Pre-Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl: Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year, these pre-Cinco bar crawls will have tacos, tequila and drink specials at several downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa bars. Each will also have free welcome shots, drink specials and bar games. $25 each and register at downtowncrawlers.com.

  • St. Pete: Check in at Park & Rec between 3 and 6 p.m. and then continue to Crafty Squirrel, Pour Judgement, Thirsty First, The One Night Stand and more. 3-11 p.m. April 30. Park and Rec, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-245-9100.
  • Tampa: Check in at American Social between 3 and 6 p.m. and then continue to the other nearby bars in the lineup. 3-11 p.m. April 30. American Social Bar and Kitchen, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-605-3333.
  • South Tampa: Check in at MacDinton’s between 3 and 6 p.m. and then continue to the other nearby bars in the lineup. 3-11 p.m. April 30. MacDinton’s Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-251-8999.
Join the Pre-Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl in downtown St. Pete and play giant beer pong in front of Park and Rec. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Join the Pre-Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl in downtown St. Pete and play giant beer pong in front of Park and Rec. [LUIS SANTANA | Times] [ LUIS SANTANA ]

Cinco de Drinko Bar Crawl: Join Top Shelf Crawls for a nine-stop crawl with taco and drink specials, Cinco beads, souvenir koozie and no cover at bars. $9.99-$17.99. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. April 30. Tryst Gastro Lounge, 240 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-821-4567.

Sip! Dip! Ole!: No time to siesta. Round up your amigos for this fiesta with $5 margaritas all night, a complimentary taco bar, $2.25 bottled beer and live music by Partners in Crime. $20-$25. 5 p.m. April 30. Bogota Kitchen and Bar, 917 11th St., Palm Harbor. 727-754-5047.

Cinco de Mayo Publix: Find a hidden avocado illustration in the aisles, show it to an associate and win a gift card. Also, all day specials on burrito bowls, Mexican pizza and drinks. No cover (food/drink additional). 7 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5. Publix Greenwise Market at Water Street, 555 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-221-4121. Also taking place at several other Greenwise locations across the area. Contact yours to see if they are participating.

Cinco De Mayo All Day Fiesta: Guests will experience a margarita bar, all you can eat special menu, beer specials, face painting and live music by three musicians. No cover. $25 all you can eat, $15 before 3 p.m. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5. Nueva Cantina, 1625 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-851-9579.

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Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta: The 30th annual celebration features Mariachi Guadalupe, Grupo Folklorico Mahetzi, free salsa lessons, Orquista Infinidad, a Mojinganga parade, a drum line and dancing. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 5. Casa Tina’s, 365 Main St., Dunedin. 727-734-9226.

Cinco de Mayo: The second annual parking lot party includes Mexican/American cuisine, live music, prizes, giveaways, games, face painting and a dunk tank. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5. VIP IRB, 213 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. 727-270-7215.

Cinco de Mayo at the Cantina: This celebration features a mariachi band, dancers, face painters, food and drink specials and more. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5. Sea Dog Cantina, 26200 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. 727-726-6800.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: The cantina celebrates with food and drink specials, giveaways and spontaneous entertainment. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5. Que Pasa Mexican Cantina, 10478 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-578-5380.

Down to Fiesta: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with all day happy hour. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 5. World of Beer, 5311 Avion Park Drive, Tampa. 813-930-5499.

Cinco de Mayo at Centro Cantina: DJ Skeelow provides the music for you to munch free chips and salsa and wash them down with $5 Cantina Ritas. Also, Corona and Loaded Corona specials. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m. May 5. Centro Cantina, 1600 E Eighth Ave, Tampa. 813-241-8588.

Cinco de Mayo: Sample Mexican favorites from a $5 menu. Items include taco plates, churros, cervezas and more. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-10:30 p.m. May 5. Wheelhouse, 7220 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-623-0589.

Cinco de Mayo: Daisy Dukes are recommended for the second annual party with tequila tasting, taco specials, music by DJ Eddie and Randy McNeeley and a Daisy Duke contest. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-11 p.m. May 5. Salty Shamrock, 6186 U.S. 41, Apollo Beach. 813-938-5282.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Find a Mexican food menu, Margarita Gose Beer, live music and secret surprises. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon May 5. Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co., 3632 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Valrico. 813-703-8835.

JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
You can find free chips and salsa at many area parties.  [JIM DAMASKE, Times]
JIM DAMASKE | Times You can find free chips and salsa at many area parties. [JIM DAMASKE, Times] [ Times (2009) ]

Cinco de Mayo!: DJ Twist provides the music for Taco Thursday with $3 street tacos, $5 Cazadores shots, $5 Cazadores margaritas, $5 Coronas, $7 Patron margaritas and $15 margarita pitchers. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon May 5. The Avenue, 330 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-851-9531.

Cinco de Mayo: The party starts at noon and runs until closing time with a live mariachi band (3 p.m.), $3 street tacos, $5 Cazadores shots, $5 Cazadores margaritas, $7 Patron margaritas and $15 margarita pitchers. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon May 5. Park and Rec, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-245-9100.

EPIC Generations Cinco de Mayo: Join EPIC Generations for tacos and a screening of Disney’s Coco. RSVP required. 1-4 p.m. May 5. Empath Health Community Service Center, 3050 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-415-3287.

Cinco de Mayo at Caledonia: Join the brewery to tap this year’s batch of El Diablo Guapo, a Mexican lager brewed with lime zest and black peppercorns. No cover (food/drink additional). 2 p.m.-midnight May 5. Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St, Dunedin. 727-351-5105.

Cantina Fiesta: Get free margaritas on the Tequilaville patio from 3 to 5 p.m. at this party with live music by the High Five Duo (4-8 p.m.), prizes and giveaways by the Tequila Girls (3-7 p.m.), Don Julio flights, tostadas, $3 street tacos, $3 street corn and free chips and salsa all day. No cover (food/drink additional). 3 p.m. May 5. Salty Lime Cantina, 1019 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. 727-266-4433.

Cinco de Mayo Party: Fiesta like there’s no mañana at this party with a taco bar all day, $5 specials on tequila shots, margaritas and Coronas, a jalapeno spitting contest (10:30 p.m.), jalapeno eating contest (11 p.m.) and mariachis (11:30 p.m.). No cover (food/drink additional). 4 p.m.-3 a.m. May 5. MacDinton’s Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-251-8999.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl: Put on a sombrero and get ready to drink some cervezas and tequila on this five-stop bar crawl. Locations include Park and Rec DTSP, Crafty Squirrel, Thirsty First, One Night Stand and Pour Judgement. $15-$20. 4-11:30 p.m. May 5. Park and Rec, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-245-9100.

Cinco de Mayo Party: Black Rabbit caters a menu including guacamole and chips, street corn, seafood tacos, carne asada tacos, cereal milk flan and Birria tacos. Live music by Brett Wilkins from 5 to 8 p.m. No cover (food/drink additional). 4-9 p.m. May 5. Southern Lights Brewing Company, 2075 Sunnydale Blvd., Clearwater. 727-648-4314.

Cinco de Mayo Beer Release: The brewery celebrates Cinco de Mayo with the release of Twisted Gose-a-rita (an OG Gose with lime juice and habanero) and Dos Pistoles (Mexican lime lager aged on tequila oak chips and lime zest). No cover (food/drink additional). 4-8 p.m. May 5-8. Rapp Brewing Co., 10930 Endeavor Way, Seminole. 727-692-7912.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl: South Tampa: Grab your sombrero for a hop of more than 10 bars in downtown and south Tampa. Includes tacos, tequilas, cervezas and dancing. $20. 4-11:30 p.m. May 5. Bar Hwrd, 302 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-906-7885.

Cinco de Mayo Taco Dinner: Feast on an endless taco dinner including sides, desserts and one Blood Orange Pale Ale Radler or Michelada. $36.55. 5 p.m. May 5. 7venth Sun Brewery Tampa, 6809 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-231-5900.

Passion Margarita is one of many varieties of margarita available.
Passion Margarita is one of many varieties of margarita available. [ Marriott ]

Cinco de Mayo Sunset Jazz Series: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with jazz music, street tacos and drink specials. No cover (food/drink additional). 5-7 p.m. May 5. Fenway Hotel, 215 Locklie St., Dunedin. 844-569-9879.

Cinco de Mayo Social: Munch on AmSo classic tacos as you sip specials including $6 Hornitos shots, $6 Dos Equis lager/amber drafts, $8 Hornitos margaritas, $13 tequila old fashioned, $30 Mamitas buckets and $30 Corona buckets. No cover (food/drink additional). 5 p.m. May 5. American Social Bar and Kitchen, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-605-3333.

Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise: Join the Freedom Boat Club for a Cinco de Mayo celebration on the water. $30. 5:30-9 p.m. May 5. Rick’s on the River, 2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa. 813-251-0369.

Margarita and Taco Fiesta: Savor three gourmet artisan tacos as you participate in a margarita mixing tutorial and create drinks to take home. $45. 6-7 p.m. May 5. vom Fass Wiregrass, 28249 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. 813-907-2167.

Tacos and Tequila Festival: Cinco de Mayo: Join the John’s Pass Sandbar Day Drinkers for a party with a Mexican themed menu and tequila cocktail specials. No cover (food/drink additional). 6 p.m. May 5. Caddy’s, 14080 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. 727-308-7888.

Cinco de Mayo Bike Night: Brandon Harley-Davidson celebrates with live music by the Fulcos Band, vendors, food and drinks, beer pong, tattoo art and DJ music. No cover (food/drink additional). 6 p.m. May 5. Brandon Harley-Davidson, 9841 E Adamo Drive, Tampa. 813-740-9898.

Cinco de Mayo Social: It’s not an Irish holiday, but the Krewe of Sea SaveYours invites you to join them for Mexican themed food and drink specials, a raffle and entertainment. 21 and older only. No cover (food/drink additional). 6-10 p.m. May 5. O’Toole’s Irish Pub, 1215 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 813-684-2600.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Get creative as you paint your own margarita glass, chips and salsa bowl or dip dish. Bring your own tequila to add to margarita mix to wash down free chips and salsa. $6 (art piece additional). 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 5. Practically Pikasso, 1912 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5204.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Feast on $7 wings as you sip on $4 shots and $5 margaritas. Text RSVP for free entry before 9 p.m., $3-$5 after. 7-11 p.m. May 5. Room 1701, 1701 W Waters Ave., Tampa. 813-444-7918.

Cinco de Mayo: Drink up for Cinco de Mayo with $3 Corona, Modelo and well tequila. No cover (food/drink additional). 7 p.m. May 5. Hamered Harry’s, 6807 E Adamo Drive, Tampa. 813-620-3800.

Cinco de Micro: A micro wrestling tournament featuring athletes less than 5 feet tall. $25-$45. 8 p.m.-midnight May 5. Blind Goat Food and Drink Co., 4106 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-515-7962.

Cinco de Mayo Latin Social: Enjoy drink specials and Greek cuisine as DJ Mike Sensation provides sensual bachata, bachata, salsa romantica and casino music for dancing. Purchase tickets on EventBrite. $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. May 5. Acropolis Greek Taverna, 3023 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-877-8200.

CincGlow de Mayo: A glow party featuring black lights, lasers, games and surprises by Angie the bartender. No cover (food/drink additional). 8 p.m. May 5. Rudys Sports Bar, 11100 66th St., Largo. 727-546-2616.

Lead Foot Fiesta: Cinco de Mayo Festival: This traditional fiesta adds an automotive twist with Latin dancing, Luchador wrestling, a low rider car show, mariachi band and a live concert by Tito Puente Jr. $10. 5 p.m.-midnight May 7. Lead Foot City, 17109 Old Ayers Road, Brooksville. 844-532-3366.

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