Cinco de Mayo Party at Cobra Arcade Bar
Food trucks will be stationed outside of Cobra on Cinco de Mayo, as will a wrestling ring featuring action from the masked grapplers of Lucha Libre Voz. Meanwhile, DJ Chris Villa will drop hip-hop and dance jams inside all evening long. 8 p.m., free. Call 602-595-5873.
Cinco de Mayo at Wasted Grain in Scottsdale
Whet your whistle, wey, with $3 Dos Equis pints, $6 shots of Patron, $7 margaritas, and other adult beverages during the Wasted Grain’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Friday, May 5. Said libations will help get you in the mood to dance to the tracks being laid down by DJ Ken Mooso starting at 10 p.m. up in the 100 Proof Lounge. Doors open at 3 p.m. Call 480-970-0500 for cover info.
Cinco de Mayo Block Party at C.A.S.A. Tempe
The festivities at C.A.S.A. will be both wild and widespread during its Cinco De Mayo block party, which will encompass the indoor lounge, the outdoor patio bar, and a good portion of Sixth Street east of Mill Avenue. Expect tacos and tequila during the affair, not to mention DJs dropping beats while cocktails are being served in C.A.S.A.’s signature 32-ounce mini-buckets. The party starts at noon and goes until 2 a.m. Admission is free. Call 480-557-8226 for more info.
Cinco de Mayo Block Party at El Hefe Scottsdale
The first 100 patrons through the door at Scottsdale location of El Hefe can get a Cazadores margarita for only a penny, which is a good reason to show up early to the spot’s Cinco De Mayo Party on Friday, May 5. Here are a few more: They’ll also have $3 Dos Equis before 5 p.m., $200 bottles of Patron before 9 p.m., and plenty of revelry taking place starting in the daytime. Local mixmasters DJ Convince, DJ Squared, and DJ Thomas James will brings the beats, and the bar will also serve $7 Cazadores drinks and shots and $9 Patron drinks and shots throughout the day and into the night. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-945-6200 for cover info.
Cinco de Mayo at Aunt Chilada’s
Arguably one of the most raucous Cinco celebrations in the Valley unfolds every year at the Aunt Chilada’s in Phoenix. This year’s event – which features live music from the Chris Parker Project and Rhythm of the Sun, cornhole battles, margarita snowcones, samples of Casa Amigos and Herradura tequila, and other amenities – should be no exception. The party kicks off at 3 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 602-944-1286 for more info.
Las Chollas Peligrosas at Crescent Ballroom
Latin folk fusion quintet Las Chollas Peligrosas will light up the Crescent Ballroom’s lounge on Friday, May 5, with their sumptuous folkloric tunes, which mix “Old World stylings and New World ideas.” The show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 602-716-2222 for more info.
Cinco Alleyway Party at Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale
Sport the snazziest or best-looking sombrero during the Cinco Alleyway Party at Rockbar on Friday, May 5, and you could nab a VIP trip for two to Roger Clyne’s annual Circus Mexicus celebration down in Rocky Point. Local bands Black Bottom Lighters, Barefoot, and Pride Through Strife will perform throughout the evening. The party starts at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover. Call 480-331-9190 for more info.
Cinco de Mayo Weekend at Karamba Nightclub
The festivities will last all weekend long at this LGBTQ-friendly Latin dance destination, kicking off with the “Miss Cinco de Mayo” pageant on Wednesday, May 3. The party continues with the back-to-back Cinco de Mayo fiestas on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, with after hours dancing until 4 a.m. Barbara Seville will close things out with her annual salsa challenge on Sunday, May 7, that benefits the Phoenix Pride scholarship fund starting at 3 p.m. Cover charges vary. Call 602-254-0231 for additional information.
Cinco de Mayo Show at Pho Cao in Scottsdale
Indie acts The Psychedelephants, Goetta, the Sara Robinson Band, and The Woodworks will take the stage at this local band haven during its “fantabulous” Cinco de Mayo party. Drink specials will also be offered, which we’re guessing will probably be just as “fantabulous.” The show begins at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover. Call 480-947-2608 for more info.
Gringo de Mayo at Gringo-Star Street Bar in Tempe
Patrons can partake in $1.50 street tacos and $4 margaritas until 9 p.m. DJ AJ Slim will be on the decks all night. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is free. Call 480-306-8633.