Raleigh, N.C. — Cinco de Mayo – or the fifth of May – marks the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the United States, it has become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.
Many restaurants are celebrating the Cinco de Mayo this weekend with music and food and drink specials.
Here are a few of our picks for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Triangle:
Dos Taquitos Xoco will celebrate with block parties at their Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road locations. The parties will include live music, margaritas, food and games. The party at Glenwood Avenue is Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. each day. On Creedmoor, the event starts at noon on Sunday with live music starting at 5 p.m.
Lafayette Village will hold a Cinco de Mayo Mexican Festival on Saturday. From noon to 9 p.m., there will be mariachi music and Mexican cuisine.
Watch the Kentucky Derby and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Brick House Sports Pub in Raleigh on Saturday. They are holding a party on their patio from 4 to 9 p.m. complete with big screen TVs to watch the race and live music from the Guillo Carias Latin Jazz Trio and Catch 22. No cover charge. There are special $15 drink/food tickets that include a Mexican buffet, one margarita from Brick House or one beer from Raleigh Brewing Company and one shot from Brick House. Fifty percent of ticket proceeds go to Change the Triangle, the Triangle's young professional volunteer organization
Chubby's Tacos is celebrating all weekend at their Raleigh and Durham locations. The fifth annual Cinco de Chubby's fiesta runs Friday through Monday and will include live music and food and drink specials including $2 Corona/Carona Lights an $3.50 margaritas on the rocks. There will also be giveaways, including Chubby's T-shirts.
Jibarra in downtown Raleigh will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo Friday through Sunday with live music, new menu items and margarita and tequila specials. They have an extensive margarita and tequila menu! We suggest checking out the Pineapple-Jalapeno Margarita! On Friday, there will be live jazz. Saturday a DJ starts at 6 p.m. with mariachi at midnight. On Sunday, get brunch until 5 p.m. There will be a photo booth and a salsa band from 6-8 p.m.
Still looking for something to do? Just head to your favorite Mexican restaurant. Pretty much, every place has live music and drink specials going on this weekend!