According to History.com, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862, victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.
More than 150 years later, restaurants and bars honor that victory by throwing parties, offering discounted beers or margaritas (or, in one case below, a $100 margarita) and often having live, Latino-oriented music. Some places aren’t even waiting for Saturday, the actual May 5, to celebrate, getting an early start on Friday.
In an unusual convergence, the Kentucky Derby also happens to fall on May 5 this year, and some places are celebrating that — occasionally at the same time that they’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, with costume contests that pay tribute to both events.
Here’s what we culled from emails and Facebook posts. It’s a long list, but we’ll update as we get additional info.
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Lots of stuff going on at the West Berry Street restaurant, with mariachi, Ballet Folklorico, piñatas, outdoor bars, “lots of cheap drinks” and a “market” with several vendors on the restaurant’s lawn. Begins 11 a.m. Saturday, 2000 W. Berry St., Fort Worth, https://www.americadofw.com. Info: event page on Facebook
The Southlake restaurant will have $5 margaritas all day, and you get to keep the commemorative cup (while supplies last). 2980 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, www.anamiascom. Locations also in Coppell, Flower Mound and Plano.
Blue Mesa Grill
The Southwestern-inspired restaurant will have a street-taco buffet with brisket, salmon, pulled pork, chicken verde, ground beef, grilled chicken and roasted vegetables. The $12.95 includes all that plus homemade tortillas and a salsa bar. And then there’s the “cinco por Cinco” margaritas — $5 top shelf margs made with Maestro Dobel Tequila. 612 Carroll St., Fort Worth; 550 Lincoln Square, Arlington; locations also in Addison, Dallas and Plano; https://bluemesagrill.com
BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar
All Tarrant locations will offer $2 margaritas and $2 Dos Equis all day. Multiple North Texas locations, including six in Tarrant County: http://boomerjacks.com
Chef Point Cafe
The restaurant inside a gas station will have a "Derby de Mayo" brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a "Derby de Mayo" party from 3 to 6 p.m.; you're invited to "come dressed in your high fashion Derby Day best or festive Cinco de Mayo attire." Brunch will include hot brown sandwiches, huevos rancheros, Kentucky french toast (made from Chef Point's bread pudding and topped with hot Kentucky bourbon sauce), "eggs Benedicto" (featuring pulled pork and chipotle hollandaise sauce), mint juleps, jalapeño margaritas and more. 5901 Watauga Road., Watauga, http://chefpointcafe.org
All locations of the Austin-based chain will have a weekend-long celebration, with $5 Tito’s bloody Marys and dollar-off Coronas. Nine North Texas locations; https://www.chuys.com
Cinco on South Main
Art gallery/events venue Blackhouse and Fort Worth fave Taco Heads are co-hosting this street party, featuring multiple musical acts including Latin Express and the Paschal High School Mariachi Band and more, as well as treats from Alma’s Paleteria and more. Taco Heads will also have a sneak peak at the menu for its upcoming Near Southside spinoff Tinie’s Mexican Rotisserie. 3-11 p.m. Saturday, 115 S. Main St., Fort Worth. Info: event page on Facebook.
Late afternoon seems like an unusual time for a drive-in movie theater to screen movies, but the Coyote’s Cinco de Mayo celebration will show “Coco” and the massive hit “Avengers: Infinity War” in Spanish as part of a celebration that’s scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Also on the bill: Mariachi Panteras, SIMA Ballet Folklorico and a fiesta on the drive-ins cool patio with a special menu featuring tamales and more, drink specials including sangria, as well as face-painting and more. 223 NE Fourth St. (north of downtown Fort Worth), coyotedrive-in.com/fortworth
Dallas Craft Co.
It may have Dallas in the name, but it’s one of the busiest restaurants in Keller, and it’ll have a Cinco de Mayo celebration with $2.99 Corona, Modelo Especial pints and $2.99 house margaritas, as well as a la carte tacos for, you guessed it, $2.99. 1821 S. Main St., Keller, https://www.dallascraftco.com
A limited-time Cinco de Mayo menu includes three margaritas, including the Gilbert’s Choice, an ‘80s favorite made with Sauza Conmemorativo Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and margarita mix ($7.50) and special dishes including botanas Cascabel Chicken Cascabel nachos with pineapple, chicken jalapeño poppers, chicken cascabel quesadillas & chicken tornados) and more. 1549 S. Bowen Road, Pantego; 7621 Baker Blvd., Richland Hills; several other North Texas locations; https://www.elchico.com/
Two words: $1 margaritas. Three more words: all day Saturday. Multiple North Texas locations; https://www.elfenix.com
El Fuerte Taco Fest
Fort Worth's big taco festival/Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, with dozens of tacos, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, theatrical performances, and a kid zone for the young taco lovers. Participating vendors include Salsa Limon, Taco Heads, R Taco and more, including some non-taqueria restaurants such as Bird Cafe and the Tavern. Noon-5 p.m., Panther Island Pavilion. $15-$50; tickets available at www.ticketfly.com. Info: http://www.fwtacofest.com or event page on Facebook.
Fort Worth Harley-Davidson
From noon to 4 p.m., the motorcycle dealership will have a roaring block party, with a taco bar, free margaritas, beer and music by Dos Mariachis. 3025 W. Loop 820 S., Fort Worth, https://www.fwharley.com. More info at event page on Facebook.
Fred’s Texas Cafe
All three locations will offer $3 house margaritas and $3 Model and Dos Equis drafts. Tyler Rougeux is scheduled to perform at noon at the original Currie Street location, followed by Blake Parish and Kris Luther at 3 p.m. Saturday. Fred’s original: 915 Currie St., Fort Worth; Fred’s TCU: 3505 Blue Bonnet Circle, Fort Worth; Fred’s North: 2730 Western Center Blvd., Fort Worth. http://fredstexascafe.com
Houlihan's Restaurant & Bar
Into the West
You don’t have to be a restaurant or a bar to get into the Cinco de Mayo act. The furniture store will have a Cinco de Mayo “Sale & Fiesta!” on Saturday with free food and drinks, music from Joey Green and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1410 N. Main St., Fort Worth, http://www.itwhome.com. More info at event page on Facebook.
Landmark Bar & Kitchen
Landmark is boasting the “Biggest Cinco de Mayo Party in Fort Worth,” with $2 tacos, $4 Dos Equis, $5 Sauza margaritas, mariachi and the Sarah Hobbs Band. 3008 Bledsoe St., Fort Worth, https://www.landmarkfw.com. Facebook event page here.
Mi Dia from Scratch
Drink specials at the Mexico City/Tex-Mex/Santa Fe-inspired restaurant mini-chain will include a $5 Mi Dia Frozen Over (house frozen margarita featuring Sauza Blue Silver, triple sec, lemon juice and agave nectar) and a $5 Mi Dia Rita Rocks. 1295 S. Main St., Grapevine; locations also in Flower Mound and Plano; http://www.midiafromscratch.com
New Main Brewing Co.
The new Pantego brewery will have a party with “themed food,” piñatas, music and more including, well, beer. 3533 Marathon St., Pantego, http://www.newmainbrewing.com. More info: event page on Facebook.
The “Bistro” part will offer Cinco de Mayo drink specials including $2 Neato Banditos from Dallas’ Deep Ellum Brewing Co., $2 Pacifico Clara Mexican pilsners), $3 Margarita Italianos (made with Don Julio Silver, Koval Limoncello, Royal Rose Sour Mix, Frothee Splash, lime juice, Pom pomegranate juice and garnished with a lime wedge and a salted rim). 5001 Trailhead Bend Way (Shops at Clearfork), Fort Worth, pinstripes.com/fort-worth-texas
The cocktail lounge toward the east end of West Magnolia Avenue gets Cinco de Mayo started early — like an hour early, and in unconvential fashion with a “Late-night Cinco de Yakitori” starting at 11 p.m. Friday and going on till 2 a.m. closing time. Marcus Koppling and Nick Carmel from nearby Shinjuku Station cooking the skewered, seasoned grilled chicken. Bring cash for this one. “We will also have cocktail and beer specials,” says the Facebook events post. “After all, we are a cocktail bar.” A cocktail bar that will also have a Kentucky Derby watching party starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with mint juleps and other cocktails because, after all, it is a ... well, you know ... 409 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, @propermagnoliafw on Facebook
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Cinco de Mayo is a big deal at Rahr, especially when it takes place on a Saturday, one of its days for regular tours. Things will start with 5K Cinco de Mayo Social Run (“Get those sombreros, maracas & running ponchos ready,” says the Facebook event page. “It’s gonna be a running fiesta like no other.”) Tickets are $20; the race is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon. Then from 1 to 4 p.m. comes the tour and tasting, with entertainment by Metalachi (if you’re not familiar, they do covers of Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy and more — mariachi style.) Two new beers — Adios Pantalones (a session beer with lemon and lime) and Paleta de Mango (mango chile beer with lime) will have their official launches. $15 online at www.ticketleap.com; $20 at the door. 701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth. https://rahrbrewing.com
Sure, a lot of people say "Cinco de Drinko" or "Drinko de Mayo," but Wild Salsa actually has the courage to call its patio block parties "Drinko de Mayo" parties. And the downtown Fort Worth location will roast a whole pig on the patio, where $20 will get you two margaritas and unlimited access to the roast-pig taco bar. Prickliest Pear Margarita will be available for $5; an Avion Tequila flight for $10. Noon-4 p.m., 300 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth; locations also in Dallas and Fairview; https://www.wildsalsarestaurant.com; more info at event page on Facebook
World of Beer Fort Worth
The West Seventh-area playground will have live mariachi and other music, a special margarita menu, tamales, pinatas, sopapillas and more. Starts 2 p.m. Saturday. 3017 Morton St., Fort Worth, https://www.theyardfw.com. More info at event page on Facebook.
Big Beat Dallas
The five- — or is that cinco-? — restaurant/bar complex inside the even larger Toyota Music Factory complex will celebrate “Cinco de Derby,” featuring mint juleps and maragariats, as well as Mexican beers, tequila shots, tacos, tamales and churros. One of the Big Beat spots, Martini Ranch, will host a “Singles de Mayo” party from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m., featuring drink specials, games, and opportunity to win a date night at — where else? — Big Beat Dallas, and more, including music by the Tejas Brothers. 340 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, http://www.bigbeatdallas.com
Cinco de Mayo Taco/Graffiti Tour
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will host this tour, with bicycle stops at the much-praised Trompo and a final taco stop at the new Taco y Vino (yes, a taco-and-wine bar — why didn’t anyone think of this before?). Other taco stops are TBA and stops are subject to change. Starts 11 a.m. Saturday. Small Planet EBikes, 330 W. Davis St., Dallas. More info: event page on Facebook
Cinco de Mayo Tour de Brew
More biking: A 10-mile round trip with stops at four Dallas Design District breweries: Community Beer Co., Peticolas Brewing Co., Pegasus City Brewery and Noble Rey Brewing, concluding at Tacos Mariachi. $60 per person; covers bike rental, a pint of beer at each location and
Dog Dayz of Dallas Cinco de Mayo style
Bring your perros to this one, a free event that promotes itself as being “the biggest dog-friendly event in Dallas,” presented by The Pet Divas and Bull luv able Paws Rescue. There will be contests for dogs and their humans ($5 per contest), as well as food trucks, dog snacks, groomers, trainers and much more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Flag Pole Park (near White Rock Lake), 8100 Doran Circle, Dallas. More info: event page on Facebook.
From noon to 6, chef Dean Fearing’s spot will offer $7 cocktails including Dean’s Margarita (Patron Silver Tequila, Damiana, agave nectar, sweet & sour) and the non-Cinco de Mayo-sounding A Fish Called Wanda (Absolut Elyx, Solerno Blood Orange, lemon, white cranberry juice) and Scottish Cowboy (Glenlivet Founders Reserve, Blackberry-Mint Barmalade, lemon). Ten-dollar appetizers will include lobster tacos, “sloppy Dean” sliders and bacon-wrapped jalapeño quail. 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas (in the Ritz Carlton), http://fearingsrestaurant.com
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Sure, you could go someplace else and have a $5 tequila shot, but why not go to this upscale — er, prime — steakhouse and have a $100 margarita? It’s part of a Fleming’s partnership with Tequila Herradura, an ultra-premium 100 percent agave tequila, and fine-crystal maker Baccarat (that’s right, you get to keep the glass, which in this case is a “uniquely designed” Diamant Highball glass, so the $100 isn’t just for a fancy drink). Per a release, “The $100 Margarita is handcrafted with ultimate premium liquors, including Tequila Herradura Selección Suprema paged for 49 months] and Grand Marnier Centenaire.” The $100 margarita will be available Friday through Sunday; reservations recommended. 7250 N. Dallas Parkway Suite 110, Plano, https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com
Hard Rock Cafe
Say the secret word and get a special on the "Rockin' Fresh Rita," made with silver tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and finished with a slightly spicy salt rim. This one has already started and is good through May 6. Spoiler alert: the secret word is "rockin'." 2211 N Houston S.., Dallas, http://www.hardrock.com
Cinco de Mayo will bring an encore performance of the Casa Dragones Margarita, created for National Margarita Day, which was a few weeks ago. The “crafted” drink is pretty specifically crafted: 2 ounces of Casa Dragones Blanco, .25 ounces of orange juice, .75 ounces of lime, .25 ounces of Grand Marnier, .50 ounces of agave ... and three drops of saline. $14. 2816 Elm St., Dallas, https://hide.bar
High Fives and Whippersnappers
The neighboring Knox-Henderson hangouts will throw a joint Cinco de Mayo party with tequila and beer specials, as well as a slushy machine, and ice-cream cart, elote, live music and ... midget wrestling. 1804 and 1806 E. McMillan Ave., Dallas; http://highfivesdallas.com and http://thewhipdallas.com
Latino Cultural Center
The center will have a free cultural program featuring a dance workshop with David Hernández Abrego from the Mexican state of Hidalgo, as well as performances by Alma Salvaje Argentina, Ballet Folklórico Huehuecoytl, Ballet Folklórico de Tulancingo and Alegre Ballet Folklórico. Begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, http://lcc.dallasculture.org.
The Plano dining hall boasts that it has nine bars, three patios and an entertainment stage — and that it’s going to make use of all of them during its first Cinco de Mayo celebration. Five of those bars are in the new Box Garden, and each bar there will have its own featured margarita (with names such as Tiki Marg, TX Marg, Agave Lime Fully Dressed and Marg Snow Cone), and food stalls such as Tacos Patron, FAQ (Flautas and Quesadillas) and Bravazo Rotisserie will have special menu items. Musical entertainment will include rumba-flamenco guitarist Russ Hewitt, all-female mariachi band Mariachi Rosas Divinas, and dance band Havana NRG. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano,http://legacyfoodhall.com
The Nodding Donkey
You won’t find any nodding donkeys in the Kentucky Derby, but you will find the Kentucky Derby at the Nodding Donkey, which will have a watch party and — wear your best hat! — a best-dressed contest. Also: $5 mint juleps, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (brunch available till 1 p.m.). 2900 Thomas Ave., Dallas, https://www.thenoddingdonkey.com
Jennifer Hartman of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Dallas” and singer/bandleader Hunter Sullivan will host “Pazzo de Derby,” a Kentucky Derby party with races shown on Pazzo’s 180-inch screen, a prix-fixe menu and liquor sponsored by Veuve Clicquot. 2800 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, http://pazzouptown.com
Things at the Uptown backyard start with a Cinco de Mayo brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a new "Gentlemen's Margarita" and a mariachi band — plus photos with Poncho, the Miniature Donkey. At 2, things switch to Kentucky Derby time, but there will still be a Cinco de Mayo factor — among the three categories in the Derby Best Dressed competition will be a Cinco de Mayo/Derby combo. The party — featuring mint juleps, of course — will continue well after the race, going on till closing, with live music from Noah Jackson, "some of" the Texas Gentlemen and artists from Friday's Foolery. Admission is free with an RSVP on PreKindle. 3656 Howell St., Dallas, http://therustic.com
Stephan Pyles’ restaurant will get a jump on Cinco de Mayo with a “Cuatro de Mayo” celebration sponsored by Espolon Tequila and Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur (and including feee samples of both). Five-dollar margaritas will be available, as will the traditional happy-hour menu. 6-8 p.m. Friday, 1717 McKinney Ave. No. 100, Dallas, https://stampede66restaurant.com
State and Allen
“Margarita Madness” at the Uptown spot will include a $5 Camarena Tequila Margarita, a $6 Milagro Tequila Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita, a $6 Ghost Tequila Spicy Strawberry Mint Margarita and $6 Patron Silver Traditional Margarita. Oh, and $2 cans of Estrella Jalisco, in case margaritas aren’t your thng and beer is. 2400 Allen St., Dallas; https://www.stateandallen.com/
Taqueria La Ventana
The taqueria does an annual Cinco de Mayo blowout block party, which it promises will be bigger this year because Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, as if the exact date of Cinco de Mayo was respected by everyone. Actually, more than one block party: in downtown Dallas, a 4-11 p.m. shindig featuring DJ xClusive and music by Tambarrazo de Arranque, as well as $2 street tacos and, well, margaritas and beer. In Addison, the party goes from 4 to midnight, with music by DJ Kurve. 1611 McKinney Ave., Dallas; 4180 Belt Line Road, Addison, http://www.taquerialaventana.com
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
More from the Toyota Music Factory (and Thirsty Lion has plans to open a Euless location later this year): mint juleps and a “Kentucky mule” (Bulleit bourbon, ginger beer, mint and lime juice) for the Kentucky Derby; a special “South of the Border” menu (including pork carnitas tacos, a Sonoran chicken enchilada stack, Baja fish tacos and much more) for Cinco de Mayo. 350 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, http://www.thirstyliongastropub.com