Cinco de Mayo in Tampa Bay: Here are local events and restaurant specials

Celebrations abound for the May 5 holiday.
Mariachi bands can be found at Cinco de Mayo events across the Tampa Bay area.
Mariachi bands can be found at Cinco de Mayo events across the Tampa Bay area. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published May 2

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Today, we continue to celebrate that victory with parties and tributes. Here are some Tampa Bay area celebrations in honor of the May 5 holiday.

Cinco de Mayo Miller’s: Miller’s Ale House will serve up $2.99 margaritas all day May 5. For operating hours and a location near you, go to

Area Miller's Ale Houses are serving up margaritas for $2.99 all day on Cinco de Mayo.
Area Miller's Ale Houses are serving up margaritas for $2.99 all day on Cinco de Mayo. [ Courtesy of Miller's Ale House ]

Three Day Cinco de Mayo: Busch Gardens celebrates for three days with a party zone, dancing and specialty food items. Included with park admission. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. May 5 and 7, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 6. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Milagro Cinco de Mayo: Get half-price Milagro until 5 p.m. No cover. Noon-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Crafty Squirrel, 259 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-898-4888.

Post Card Inn Party: Enjoy a special menu and Milagro on draft at every on-site bar. No cover. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-367-2711.

Honoring Cinco de Mayo: Specials on Mexican-themed beers and food. No cover. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5. The Wheelhouse, 7220 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-623-0589.

Cinco de Mayo Party Marathon: This 12-hour party celebrates Cico de Mayo with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. Includes Irish music by Randy McNeeley, Mexican food and margarita specials. No cover. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 5. Salty Shamrock, 6186 N U.S. 41, Apollo Beach. 813-938-5282.

Cinco de Mayo Release: Munch food from the Burger 21 truck as you sip from the annual release of Uno Mas. No cover. Noon May 5. Stilt House Brewery, 625 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. 727-270-7373.

Cinco de Mayo Art: Dress in Mexican attire and get 10% off all ceramic art pieces. No cover. 1-5 p.m. May 5. Angel’s Art Attic, 5647 Main St., New Port Richey. 727-807-7612.

21+ Cinco de Mayo: Cazadores and Patrón margaritas are the star of this 21-and-older party with music by Innovation. No cover. 2 p.m. May 5. The Floridian Social, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-322-4600.

Cinco de Drinco: The outside patio bar will have food and drink specials, games and music by DJ Don Pablo. No cover. 3 p.m.-3 a.m. May 5. Bar 23fifty, 2350 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. 727-785-5126.

You'll find plenty of tacos, taco bars and salsa at festivals throughout the area.
You'll find plenty of tacos, taco bars and salsa at festivals throughout the area. [ HELEN FREUND | Tampa Bay Times ]
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Cinco de Mayo Block Party: Palm Harbor celebrates with a block party featuring tequila tastings, trivia and live music. $5 tasting band. 4 p.m. May 5. Salty Lime Cantina, 1019 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. 727-266-4433.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl: Join Top Shelf Crawls for a six-stop bar crawl with beads and taco specials. $9.99-$24.99. 4 p.m. May 5. Tryst Gastro Lounge, 240 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-821-4567.

Cinco de Drinko: Celebrate tequila and margaritas on this seven-stop crawl with swag, drinks and specials. $25, $80 four. 4-11 p.m. May 5. Thirsty First, 119 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-317-3333.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl Downtown Tampa: Enjoy access to more than 10 bars on this crawl with DJs and other entertainment. $20-$25. 4-11 p.m. May 5. American Social, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-605-3333.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl St. Pete Beach: Hop from one beach bar to another on this crawl with a professional photographer and drink specials. $15-$20. 4-11 p.m. May 5. Rick’s Reef, 6712 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach. 727-826-0752.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl: Join Downtown Crawlers for the sixth annual five-stop bar crawl with a professional photographer. $20-$25. 4-11 p.m. May 5. Park & Rec DTSP, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-245-9100.

Fiesta St. Pete: Park and Rec DTSP and The Avenue join together for a giant Cinco de Mayo block party with indoor and outdoor bars, Mexican food, a free Jell-O shot, stilt walkers, a mariachi band, DJ dancing, a pinata contest and a fire performance. $10-$100. 4-11 p.m. May 5. The Avenue, 330 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-851-9531.

Cinco de Mayo Special Drinks: Find three new Milagro cocktails on the menu. No cover. 4:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Copper Shaker, 1502 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-344-4012.

5 Moles for 5 de Mayo: Enjoy a curated experience of moles. $85. 5-9 p.m. May 5. Bastet Brewing, 1951 E Adamo Drive, Tampa. 813-242-0064.

548 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Tequila shot specials. No cover. 5 p.m. May 5. Bar548, 548 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-914-7424.

The downtown Dunedin restaurant Casa Tina, which celebrated its 30-year anniversary on Jan. 19, 2022, above, will have Cinco de Mayo festivities aplenty at this year's annual street party.
The downtown Dunedin restaurant Casa Tina, which celebrated its 30-year anniversary on Jan. 19, 2022, above, will have Cinco de Mayo festivities aplenty at this year's annual street party. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: The 31st annual street party features music by Madera Sol and Orquesta Infinidad, traditional Mexican dances by Grupo Folklorico Mahetzi, salsa lessons by Simone Salsa, the Casa Tina drum line and a walking puppet parade. No cover. 5 p.m.-midnight May 5. Casa Tina, 365 Main St., Dunedin. 727-734-9226.

Cinco de Mayo Big Taco Tuesday: Taco Tuesday moves to Friday in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. No cover. 5 p.m.-midnight May 5. The Exchange Kitchen and Bar, 100 E Madison St., Tampa. 813-443-1681.

Cinco de Mayo Hookah Party: Huff on a hookah and drink $5 shots (before 11 p.m.) as you listen to Latin mixed music by DJ Classixx. No cover. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. May 5. Flare Hookah Lounge, 3784 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. 813-609-7202.

Cinco de Mayo Open Bar: There will be rotating DJ sets, an open bar from 6 to 8 p.m., outdoor games, an ice luge and food stations. $10. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. May 5. Bar HWRD, 302 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-906-7885.

Brooksville Bites Cinco de Mayo: Brooksville Bites celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican-themed food trucks, a bounce house, a pepper-eating contest and vendors. No cover. 6-9 p.m. May 5. 1946 Beer, Wine & Small Plates, 13 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. 813-299-3600.

Cinco de Flyo: A rockin’ fiesta with tacos, margaritas and music by the Shakes Society. No cover. 6-10 p.m. May 5. Bar Fly, 100 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-400-4790

Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Contest: Watch as contestants scarf down as many sausage tacos as they can in 10 minutes. No cover. 6-10 p.m. May 5. Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-431-0438.

Cinco de Mayo Farm Fiesta: Enjoy one specialty cocktail or two beers before a three-plate Mexican dinner with Latin entertainment, a pinata game and prizes. $99. 6-10 May 5. Whitehead Farms, 7136 Cedar Lane, Brooksville.

Friday Night Fiesta: A night of casino gaming with Mexican food, a mariachi band, prizes, an open bar and auctions. $95. 6:30-10:30 p.m. May 5. James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-892-4200.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Dinner: Learn how to make fresh salsa, chips, Mexican stew and chicken mole in this demonstration-style cooking class. $55. 6:30 p.m. May 5. Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-926-4465.

Cinco de Mayo on the Bayou: Join Maravilloso Marvin as he broadcasts live at Gill Dawg, Thee Pirate Bar, Seaside Cottee River Landing, Hooters, Whiskey Joe’s and Rum River. Dos Equis is giving away swag. No cover. 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. May 5. Bayou Entertainment District, Treadway Drive, Port Richey.

Cinco de Mayo-coustic: A night of drink specials and acoustic music by Mr. Davis, Nickole Hanna, Crash Mitchell, Spencer Anemik, Matthew McCartney, Shae Krispinsky, Jeff Brawer, Jeremy Gloff, Down with Paul Reiser and the Renegade Thugs. $5. 7 p.m. May 5. American Legion Post 111, 6918 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-237-1271.

Cinco de Mayo Yacht Party: Board a 75-foot yacht for a floating celebration with music, drinks, food, cigars, a scenic route and air-conditioned cabin. $100-$200. 7-10 p.m. May 5. Harbour Island garage, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa.

Cinco de Mayo Party: A Mexican-themed party with a taco bar, margaritas, mocktails, DJs, a photo booth and a silent auction. Benefits Young Angels. $35-$40. 7-11 p.m. May 5. Zydeco Brew Werks, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-252-4541.

Dented Cinco de Mayo: Party with food from Juan-a-Taco, new beer releases, sangria and a salsa cookoff. No cover. 7-11 p.m. May 5. Dented Keg Ale Works, 5500 Main St., New Port Richey. 727-232-2582.

Chello Cinco de Mayo: Sip on $4 tequila shots, $4 Coronas and $5 margaritas as you listen to music by the Chello Holliday Band. No cover. 7 p.m.-midnight May 5. Shaka Restaurant and Bar, 900 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. 727-940-2454.

Cinco de Mayo Shabbat: Professionals ages 21 to 40 are invited to join Chabad Young Professionals for a Mexican dinner, drinks (7:15 p.m.) and Tefilah (6:30 p.m.). 6:30-11:30 p.m. May 5. $18-$180. Chabad Chai Center, 606 S Tampania Ave., Tampa. 813-922-1723.

Country Cinco de Mayo: Daniel Sprouse provides country music for Cinco de Mayo line dancing. 8 p.m.-midnight May 5. 1916 Irish Pub, 906 W Robertson St., Brandon. 813-657-1916.

Cinco Dog Mayo: A 5K run with a ½-mile fun run for dogs. All participants get free tacos and margaritas after the run. $40, $10 dogs. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6. Archibald Beach Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. 727-284-3990.

Salsa de Mayo: Dance in the streets at this block party with five DJs, live music and salsa lessons. Free. 6-11 p.m. May 6. Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Salsa de Mayo After-Party: Salsa your way down Cleveland Street to three after-parties with DJs and food. $10-$20. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. May 6. 612 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Cinco de Mayo Spring Cleaning: Bring a dish and help the VFW post do its annual spring cleaning. Then, stick around for a Mexican-themed potluck. Free. 10 a.m. May 6. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-327-8109.

You might find sugar skulls and other items at Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
You might find sugar skulls and other items at Cinco de Mayo celebrations. [ Tampa Bay Times (2014) ]

Lead Foot Fiesta: Celebrate with a mariachi band, Mexican food, Luchador wrestling and a concert by Tito Puente Jr. $15, $5 ages 6-12. 6-11 p.m. May 6. Lead Foot City, 17109 Old Ayers Road, Brooksville. 844-532-3366.