If celebrating Cinco de Mayo has yet to become a yearly tradition for you, 2022 is the year to change that. There are lots of places around the Rock that are already in on the fun, and they want you to join them, whether you choose to do so on May 5 or hold out for the weekend.
To keep things simple, we got down to the salty, spicy, nitty gritty details with this cheat sheet of the best places to get your fiesta on.
If you want to keep it local, hit these neighborhood haunts:
The Fold: Let's start with the block party, shall we? If you can hold off until Saturday, the Riverdale joint is taking Cinco to the curb with a Thunderdome-themed bash with circus performers, live music, local vendors, a ton of margaritas and tacos and lots more. And don't forget about the costume contest with prizes for the "best 'Mad Max' meets 'Burning Man' attire." Be there 3-10 p.m. Learn more here.
Little Rock Zoo: On the cuter, less metal side of things is "Cinco de Rhino." Margs, music, food and a chance to meet the zoo's rhinos — including the newest little addition Kevin — await at this Thursday event, which benefits the conservation of rhinos in the wild. It lasts 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Bark Bar: Ok, one more cute one. The annual "Cinco de Doggo Pawty" is back with an evening of food and drink specials, photo booths and take-home goodies for humans and pups alike. Doors open Thursday at 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Main Street Pocket Park: The green space between the Donaghey Plaza North Building and parking deck will be the site of this lunchtime celebration with live music and eats from Lili's Mexican Street Food Truck. Stop by 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday. Learn more here.
The Utopia Deli: Keeping it vegan? No hay problema. The deli is popping up at Curaleaf on Thursday with pulled jackfruit tacos and more deliciousness, plus treats from Njeri’s Pastries. Stop by 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Eden Salt Studio: If you prefer your Cinco with a little sweat, try this "Mudras & Margaritas" yoga session on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.. It's an hour-long, quick-paced flow that's great for beginner/intermediate levels and followed by, you guessed it, margs. Plus, they're offering $5 salt sessions all day with the code "cinco." Learn more here.
Guac on The Rock: We promise we're not making this up. Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson is encouraging folks to try his tequila brand by offering free guacamole when you order a Teremana Tequila cocktail at a local restaurant. All you have to do is submit your receipt for reimbursement. Learn more and find a list of who carries Teremana Tequila here.
Colonial Wines & Spirits: Doing your celebratory sipping at home this year? Do it in style with a definitive guide to tequila tasting, put together by the pros. Learn more here.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library: To help your kiddos learn more about the holiday, this CALS branch is hosting a special storytime with guest speakers, dancers and take-home activities. It starts Friday at 1 p.m. Learn more here.
Plaza Frida: And let's wrap up with another outdoor party, shall we? This decidedly "Not Cinco de Mayo" festival on Saturday is "the wrong day, but the right reason." The 4001 W. 65th St. venue will be packed with local food trucks, vendors, entertainment and soccer for the whole family while learning about the holiday's origins. Be there 2-8 p.m. Learn more here.
Of course, if you want to celebrate with the tried-and-true chains in the area, they've got you covered, too:
On the Border - $5 grande house margaritas
Chuy's - all day happy hour discounts on Texas martinis and house margaritas, plus special menu items like the frozen blackberry marg
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