Margaritas take us to a happier place, one where the salty ocean breeze wafts across the beach and our only worry is whether the SPF 50 we brought is actually doing its job. It's no surprise, then, that seven separate events in the coming weeks are celebrating the most relaxing of drinks: the margarita.
Below are the marg fests we've got on our calendars — and you should, too:
Arkansas Times Margarita Festival 2019
May 2, 6-9 p.m. / War Memorial Stadium
The third annual Arkansas Times Margarita Fest will take over War Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 2. The city's best bartenders (and a few out-of-towners) will put their cocktail skills to the test for the chance to win the coveted "Best of the Fest" award. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. A ticket gets you 3 oz. margarita samples from more than 15 teams and live music from Club 27 and Little Rock Salsa. Food, beer and wine are not included in the ticket price, but Taco Mama, La Terraza and the Rock Brick Oven Pizza Truck will be selling their delicious food on site. For more info, head to the event website.
Annual Cinco (Dos) De Mayo
May 2, 6-9 p.m. / The Bernice Garden
Start your Cinco weekend off right with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Young Professionals Fiesta. Head to Bernice Garden for festive drinks, live music from Alice 107.7, yard games and a silent auction, all in support of ASO's Sharp. Tickets are $35. For more info, head to the Facebook event page.
The Rock City Margarita Festival
May 4, 4-7 p.m. / Heifer Village & Urban Farm
Sample as many margaritas as your heart desires at the Rock City Margarita Festival. The fest will feature tequila creations from more than 50 vendors, as well as samples of beer and wine. Taco trucks, street food vendors, lawn games and live music make this one marg event you don't want to miss. Tickets are $30 and include all margarita tastings, but food must be purchased separately. This is a 21 and up event, so leave the kiddos at home. For more info, head to the event website.
Cinco de Flamingo
May 4, 4-11 p.m. / The Fold: Botanas & Bar
A birthday celebration on Cinco de Mayo weekend? We'll cheers to that. The Fold: Botanas & Bar turns 6 and they're celebrating by throwing a Cinco de Flamingo bash for all. The Fold will be giving their parking lot a Miami nightclub makeover with a beer garden filled with Stone's Throw and Rebel Kettle brews. Electric Ghost will be on hand creating custom Cinco de Mayo shirts. As the night wears on, live music will take over beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Isaac Alexander followed by DJ Nick Hud at 8:30. For more info, head to the Facebook event page.
Cinco de Heights
May 4-5 | Heights Taco & Tamale Co.
In honor of the restaurant's birthday, the crew at Heights Taco & Tamale Co. is throwing a block party in support of the Arkansas Foodbank. On May 4, Cinco de Heights will take over their section of Kavanaugh Blvd. for an afternoon of live music, a golf cart decorating competition, a golf cart giveaway, kid activities, a mojito/margarita/beer zone, tacos, street snacks and more. Then rally the crew on May 5 for round two featuring Sunday brunch specials, $5 margaritas (including tax) and $5 cheese dip and salsa combos all day long. For more info, head to the Facebook event page.
Cinco de Mayo Sunset Jazz Concert
May 5, 5-9 p.m. / Cajun's Wharf
Soak up that last month of Cajun's patio with a sunset concert from The Rodney Block Collective and Lexington Porter. Sip signature drinks while taking in the River views. Cover is $10. For more info, head to the Facebook event page.
Cinco de Mayo at Fassler Hall
May 5, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. / Fassler Hall
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo all day long at Fassler Hall. Start out strong with festive brunch featuring $5 Bloody Marias followed by $5 tequila shots and $5 German margaritas on tap. But pace yourselves — Sad Daddy will take the stage on the patio from 6-9 p.m. For more info, head to the Facebook event page.
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