Cinco de Mayo in North Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration of Mexican history, falls on a Thursday this year. May 5 festivities commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, and restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area celebrate the holiday with live music, free drinks and meal deals on place or to take away.

Here’s a list of Cinco de Mayo events and specials at North Texas restaurants.

JAXON Texas Kitchen and Beer Garden

This beer garden in the AT&T Discovery District in Dallas hosts a party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 5. The event will feature live music and entertainment as well as festive cocktails. Musical acts will include a mariachi band, folk dancers, a Tex-Mex punk rock band and a DJ.

Joe Leo

This East Dallas Mexican restaurant is hosting an event celebrating both Cinco de Mayo and its first anniversary. The event will feature music from a mariachi band, $20 buckets of beer, a DJ performance, face painting, and happy hour tequila tasting.

The Mina

This restaurant in the Village is hosting a block party on Thursday. The event will feature $25 margarita pitchers and $5 cocktails. A mariachi band will play from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a DJ will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free, but you can also To book a table in advance for $25 per person. Reservations come with a pitcher of margaritas on the rocks, an order of chicken or cheese enchiladas, and an order of flautas de papas.

Legacy food hall

On Thursday, this Plano restaurant celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a tribute to Selena, a live donkey and a margarita happy hour. Dishes like birria tacos and caramel stuffed churros will be served at the event. Legacy Food Hall serves homemade $5 margaritas during happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Donkey will be available for free shots from 6-8 p.m. Bidi Bidi Banda, a Selena tribute musician, will perform in the Box Garden from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

mexican sugar

This Mexican restaurant with locations in Las Colinas and Plano celebrates Cinco de Mayo with food and drink stations set up at both locations. The celebration will feature live music and drink specials, including a “Battle of Pueblo cocktail” that comes with a Cinco de Mayo t-shirt!

Mi Dia from scratch

This Mexican restaurant with locations in Grapevine, Plano, and Flower Mound offers discounted margaritas during happy hour from 3-6 p.m. at all three Cinco de Mayo locations.

Primo MX Kitchen

All Primo MX Kitchen locations in North Texas will be celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Thursday with $4.99 margaritas all day and mariachi music at night. The downtown Dallas restaurant at The Statler serves a $25 Tex-Mex buffet followed by a margarita bar in the hotel’s Garden Court, where they will have a separate margarita bar.

The Rustic

This outdoor venue in downtown Dallas is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event will feature mariachi music, $20 buckets of beer and more. Reservations can be made online.

Sueno Modern Mex-Tex

This Richardson Mex-Tex joint hosts a DJ and mariachi on Thursday. The event will also include a tacos al pastor stand and a new cocktail called “Dame Uno De Pastor”.

Taqueria La Ventana

This downtown Dallas taqueria hosts Chihuahua races on Cinco de Mayo starting at 5 p.m. Each entrant will receive a $20 gift card and the winner will receive a $100 gift card. Email [email protected] to sign up.

Te Deseo

This Harwood District Mexican restaurant celebrates Cinco de Mayo Thursday with a three-course lunch available from noon to 4 p.m. from 1 to 3 p.m. and a taco station offering five tacos for $15. Elote lollipops are also available for $5 each.

Texas Live!

Texas Live! in Arlington celebrates Cinco de Mayo at Rangers Republic with all-day drink specials. A “Fiesta de Mayo” package with three draft beers or three house margaritas is available for purchase along with $1 tacos and half-price cocktails all day. A mariachi band will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Trinity Groves

Across the Trinity Groves property, a variety of restaurants celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music and specialty food. Holy Crust is hosting a tequila tasting, Beto & Son will present a folkloric performance, ArtPark will have a DJ and photo ops, and Saint Rocco will have a rooftop DJ and drinks.

Uno Mas

This downtown Dallas Tex-Mex joint is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event will feature a mariachi band, salsa dancing, face painting, a DJ, and a piñata giveaway.


This Mexican restaurant with locations in Deep Ellum and Addison celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a live mariachi band from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at both locations. The festivities will also include $4 beers, $5 wine, $6 Vidorritas or a $30 full-size Vidorraritas from 3-6 p.m. Vidorra is also giving away free items throughout the evening.

whiskey hatchet

This Deep Ellum cocktail bar is hosting the Cinco de Mayo celebration on Thursday with specials on drinks and ax throwing. Deals include $5 Dos Equis, margaritas and tequila shots. Attendees can also book an ax throw for $25 all day. Reservations can be made online.

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