Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and regardless how you choose to commemorate the day, there's no denying that there will be a plethora of food and drink in your future. Just because you're not in the homeland of the holiday itself doesn't mean you can't celebrate as a local does in your local area, especially if you're so lucky as to live in the beautiful Austin, Texas. A hotspot for miscellaneous cultural activities, you should have no problem finding something to do to celebrate the surprising victory of the Mexican army over the French.
With so much to do and so little time, we've created a fool-proof list of places to go and let loose, places to educate, and places to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo for what it truly is. If you want to get your celebration started early, there are plenty of fiestas and art gallery openings prior to Cinco de Mayo and after, too!
1. Hopdoddy Burger Bar
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It may seem surprising that a burger bar is offering up deals for Cinco de Mayo, yet Hopdoddy is offering up an Austin-twist to traditional Mexican classics.
Head into your preferred location around town from May 3rd-May 9th for their loaded fries, which come topped with black beans, bacon, cheese, queso, guacamole, and much more! These are served up with your choice of either two small frozen margaritas or two Mexican Cokes.
2. Taste of Mexico Culinary Festival
This traditional festival takes place at the Mexic-Arte Museum, starting on May 3 at 6:00 p.m. Head into the museum for a taste of more than 50 Austin-based Mexican restaurants carefully crafted creations. It's not all just about the food, either! This festival also showcases the Bazaar del Arte, a collection of Mexican folk arts and crafts.
See what the Taste of Mexico is all about for $45 if you're a museum member and $55 for the general public.
3. In.gredients Cinco de Mayo Block Party
This local, natural grocer is hitting it big with their first Friday Cinco de Mayo block party. This event will host live music from PDL band, and 1 percent of the proceeds will go towards the Workers Defense Project.
Stop by and enjoy Argus Cidery's Vinho Pearde and Argus Cider on tap, along with Micheladas in honor of the day's festivities. Get the kids together and head on over from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on May 5th.
4. Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
For the movie lover, we present to you a film festival like no other! Showcasing films made throughout Latin America, the Cine Las Americas Film Festival is a four-day event that showcases and celebrates the accomplishments and livelihood of those in the region.
Head on over to one of the various locations May 3-7th and get tickets to the event here. Don't forget to bring your appetite! There will be food and drink vendors to keep the h-anger away.
5. Black Sheep Lodge Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
There ain't no party like a Black Sheep Lodge party, and the same rings true for Cinco de Mayo. This year, just like every year for as long as we can remember, Black Sheep Lodge is throwing a Cinco de Mayo fiesta full of both food and drink deals like no other!
Head on over to this South Lamar staple for $2 Coronas and 7$ specials, including their crispy chicken tacos. There's no better way to ring in your weekend than here, so what are you waiting for?