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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Sacramento

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Every year on May 5, Mexico and parts of the United States celebrate Cinco de Mayo in honor of the victory won by the Mexican Army in 1862. Now it’s time for Sacramento to celebrate with these restaurant specials and events around town.

Here’s a round-up of Cinco de Mayo celebrations:

Event: Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Time: 5 – 10 p.m. Thursday.
Location: Zócalo (A Taste of Mexico) on 18th Street and Capitol Avenue.
Information: Zócalo (A Taste of Mexico) is throwing a street party that will include live music, performing artists The Midnight Players, and DJ Al Ruiz will be the entertainment for the night. Tequila shots and $2 tacos will also be served.
Contact: 441-0303
Cost: No cover.

Event: O’Drinko De Mayo
Time: 3:30 Thursday- 1:30 a.m Friday.
Location: De Vere’s Irish Pub at 1521 L Street. on 15th and L streets
Information: De Vere’s Irish Pub will be hosting this event in honor of the San Patricios (a group of Irishmen) and the Mexican soldiers who fought with them during the Mexican American War. The drink and food specials include $4 margaritas, $2 beers (Coronas), $2 tacos and, in celebration of national burger month, they will be serving a tostada burger with a $2 Corona.
Contact: 231-9947
Cost: No cover (21 and over)

Event: Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
Time: Noon Thursday – 2 a.m. Friday.
Location: Tres Tequila Lounge and Mexican Kitchen at 1182 Roseville Pkwy Suite 110.
Information: The fiesta will be at Tres Tequila Lounge and Mexican Kitchen. They will have a 10,000 square-foot tent set up in the parking lot directly behind the restaurant for all their guests to enjoy. Doors open at noon, but the festivities begin at 3 p.m. From 3 – 5 p.m. the first band, ZuhG will be performing, followed by the Folklorico Dancers, Cigar-rolling will be performed by the Casillas Cigar Rollers, the second band of the night, Private Criminals, will play from 6 – 8 p.m. and the night will end with a DJ and dancing.From 8 – 10 p.m., the real party begins with a DJ and dancing. Tres will be handing out $5 margarita coupons, which are valid through Cinco de Mayo. Their “Doble Doble” will be their featured special of the night, which consists of a 24-oz Tecate beer along with a shot of Repos ado Tequila for $12. The food specials will include: $2 tacos (pork and chicken), $3 sausage on a stick, $5 turkey legs.
Contact: 441-7200
Cost: $5 cover until 5 p.m., $15 after 5 p.m.

Event: Cinco De Drinco
Time: 6 – 11 p.m. Friday.
Location: Centro 2730 “J” St.
Information: Grub Crawl USA presents a bar crawl that is starting at Centro Cocina Mexicana. Guests will bounce from spot to spot receiving discounts on specialty drinks and free Latin-themed appetizers. Founder of Grub Crawl USA Cline Moore will be conducting random prize giveaways ($20 gift cards) to his guests.
Contact: 730-0977
Cost: $30 per person. For half price tickets, go to grubcrawlusa.com.

Event: Cinco De Ol Sacto
Time: 6 p.m. Thursday – 1:30 a.m. Friday.
Location: River City Saloon 916 Second St.
Information: Come join in the festivities taking place in Old Sacramento, which include more than 15 places with food and drink specials. Some of the entertainment for the night will include the band The Bajas Boys, live karaoke and comedy at Laughs Unlimited comedy club.
Contact: 524-5275
Cost: No cover.

Event: Tequila Museo Mayahuel Cinco de Mayo Week
Time : Monday (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.), Tuesday (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.), Wednesday (noon – 10:30 p.m.), Thursday (noon – 1:30 a.m. Friday), And Friday and Saturday – 7 (11:30 a.m – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Tequila Museo Mayahuel at 1200 K St.Suite 3.
Information: Tequila Museo Mayahuel’s Cinco de Mayo celebration will start on Monday with an education on the tequila-making process by a tequila maestro. On Tuesday evening, there will be a three-course meal served with tequila tasting by Casa Noble. Wednesday will be the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which starts at noon and at 7 p.m. Mayahuel will host its inaugural Festival de Los Moles. Thursday will include drink specials, and live entertainment. Recovery day will be on Friday, at Mayahuel and the restaurant will be offering Menudo, Polzole, and Bloody Marys. Saturday will end the celebration with a day for the whole family to enjoy food specials and live entertainment.
Contact: 441-7200
Cost: (May 3)$30, (May 4)$25

Event: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Time: 4 p.m. Thursday – 2 a.m. Friday.
Location: Centro Cocina Mexicana at 2730 J St.
Information: The celebration will be held on the outside patio of the restaurant and will feature drink specials including $5 beers (Blue Moon, Bud light) and $10 margaritas.
Contact: 442-2552
Cost: No cover.

Event: Vallejo’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party
Time: 5 – 10 p.m.
Location: 11 and O streets.
Information: Celebrating Mexican Independence, Vallejo’s will be hosting a block party with live entertainment, The Midnight Players( a band). Drink specials will include $5 tequila shots, $4 margaritas and $7 Vallejo’s shots. Vallejo’s will also have a one-time buffet for $11. A few of the food items include carnitas, fajitas and Chile Verde.
Contact: 498-1744
Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the door(tickets can be purchased from any Vallejo’s employee)

Event: Cinco de Mayo Party to Support LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
Time: 6:30 on Thursday.
Location: 701 Crocker Road
Information: This special benefit will feature a DJ and live entertainment. Cocktails and appetizers will be served as well. All proceeds of the benefit will go toward The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Contact : 443-6970
Cost: $50 a ticket (buy tickets at L Wine Lounge at 1801 L St.)

Event: Tres Hermanas Cinco de Mayo Party
Time: 4 p.m. – midnight
Location: Tres Hermanas Restaurant at 2416 K St.
Information: Inside the restaurant will be live entertainment featuring singer Tony Montana. They will be serving Chile Verde and carnitas for $8.95 and tequila shots (cabo and wabo).
Contact: 443-6919
Cost: No cover.

Event: Chevy’s Fresh Mex specials May 2 – 5
Time: 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday
Location: Chevy’s Fresh Mex (1369 Garden Highway)
Information: Starting on Monday, Chevy’s will have margaritas for $3. From Tuesday – Thursday there will be $2 tacos and buy a combo then get the second combo for a penny. For the night, three bars will be open and will be including tequila shots ranging from $12 – $30.
Contact: 649-0390
Cost: No cover.

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