Patch Picks: Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Looking for a spot to celebrate Mexican independence? Start here, and be sure to add your favorite spots to the comments section below the story.

On May 5, 1862, while the U.S. was embroiled in the Civil War, the Mexican state of Puebla defeated their French invaders. Almost 150 years later, the day is one where everyone is un poco Latino.

Acapulco Restaurante

Why celebrate for just one day when you can have the whole week? Acapulco is offering a full week of Cinco de Mayo-infused celebrations, with deals on food and drinks alike. Go ahead and meet up with your old friend José Cuervo at their many locations, including Woodbury.

Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines: Cinco de Mayo Beer Tasting & Dinner Cruise

It’s not international waters, but (nearly) anything goes out on the St. Croix River on this party boat. In addition to beer, this cruise also offers mojitos and margaritas to complement a Mexican dinner buffet and the sultry sounds of salsa band Latin Fusion. The boat sails from 6:30-9 p.m. May 6.

St. Paul’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta—Minnesota’s Spiciest Celebration!

One of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the U.S., the Riverview Economic Development Association (REDA) expects more than 100,000 people to fill the District del Sol from May 5-7. Some of the activities include:

  • Lowrider car show: May 6, 4-9 p.m.
  • Sound Off & Hop Showcase: May 6, 6:30 p.m.
  • Parade: May 7, 10 a.m. to noon

Zantigo is continuing their annual “Show Us Your ‘Stache” contest by awarding one free chilito to customers—as long as you have the requisite facial hair. Lack the Y chromosome? Zantigo will also honor painted-on ‘staches, or print out from their website.


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