You know how around March 17 all of a sudden everyone becomes Irish? Well, Cinco de Mayo is kind of like that. Around here, on May 5 everyone celebrates being Mexican, even if they're Irish like me. It's an American tradition we all love, to celebrate our cultures with friends and together experience what our hometown has to offer. To that effect, I submit to you our weekend list of the top
5 Places to Celebrate
Cinco de Mayo in Irving, Texas
FIESTA TECALISO: A CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
Wow! What a unique pairing - Mariachi music combined with a symphony orchestra. The Cinco de Mayo celebration actually begins on viernes, cuatro de Mayo (Friday, May 4) at 8 pm, inside the beautiful Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Maestro Hector Guzman and the Irving Symphony Orchestra will accompany renowned Nati Cano and the Mariachi Los Camperos for a one-of-a-kind show. After winning a Grammy for best Mexican regional album, Cano explained that he wanted to preserve and rescue so many songs which pay tribute to Mexico, to its people - those who keep these beautiful songs alive. "Beautiful" is the best way to describe the harmony of mariachi music and a classical symphony orchestra. This is a don't miss concert. Cost is $9.50 - $59.50. LEARN MORE
BIG BEAT DALLAS
Big Beat Dallas sure knows how to fiesta! First, in the Texas Lottery Plaza they have $5 specials on Saturday all day long from 11am to midnight, including Margaritas, Mexican Beers, Tequila Shots and Taco, Tamale and Churro Stations. If that isn't enough they bring you the best music all weekend: Tremoloco on Friday from 5 - 8 pm, The Tejas Brothers (a FREE concert) on Saturday from 8 - 10 pm, and Bidi Bidi Banda on Sunday from 7 - 9:30 pm. LEARN MORE
If you're more of a noctambulo (night owl), drop by Martini Ranch, located inside Big Beat Dallas. From 9 pm to 2 am, they're celebrating Singles de Mayo. With $5 tequila shots, games and prizes, you may go from single to "it's complicated."
In addition to some of the best Santa Fe-style Tex Mex around these parts, Via Real serves up great Margaritas. The secret to their full-flavored taste is in the premium tequila they use, and on Cinco de Mayo, those delectable Margaritas are only $5. But wait, there's more amigo. $5 Nachos will go great with a Margarita, and with Via Real's large tables, you and your friends can celebrate toda la noche. LEARN MORE
CINCO DE SOJO
Live music, brisket tacos and $3 House Margaritas await you at the best honky tonk in Irving. Southern Junction also offers Rabbit Hole Brewing's own El Conejo drafts for $2 and $3 House Tequila. The live band on Saturday is Dirtwater Social Club who performs some of the best Classic Country dance music around. With a ton of notches in their belt, like opening for the Bellamy Brothers, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Lyle Lovett, Kenny Chesney and the like, this band specializes in their ability to get you up and dancing for a rocking country good time. LEARN MORE
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL AND EDUCATION/HEALTH/JOB FAIR
"Debes Creer en Ti" translates into "believe in yourself," which is what the DCET organization teaches when they assist immigrant communities in a variety of ways. One way is to partner with the City of Irving in organizing the 30th Annual Cinco De Mayo Multicultural Festival. On Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm at Senter Park, you can receive free health checks, enjoy multicultural entertainment, join in tons of kids activities, eat great food, listen to Mariachis, shop in an international bazaar, watch the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant, and be spellbound by Mexican, Peruvian and Colombian Folklorico Dancers. It's a day long event with plenty to taste, hear, do and see. ¡Bienvenidos todos! LEARN MORE
If you snap photos around Irving, be sure to tag us at #VisitIrving. For more area events, like Kameha Con for you Dragon Ball enthusiasts, visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com.