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Cinco De Mayo

Here in Arizona, we have the joy of year-round Taco Tuesdays at pop up corner stands and Mom & Pop restaurants along with access to every form of authentic Mexican cuisine and culture! But for the once-a-year Cinco de Mayo holiday, Arizona knows how to throw a fiesta!


Cinco de Mayo celebrates the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862. It is not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day. Today, Cinco de Mayo is not that important in Mexico and mainly celebrated only in the state of Puebla. (But we here are always looking for good reason to celebrate!)

Here are some fun ways to experience the holiday, whether you live here or you’re lucky enough to pass through right at this time!

Cinco De Mayo Downtown Phoenix Festival – PHOENIX

May 6th 12noon – 10pm
A Cinco de Mayo Tradition in Arizona for 25 Years! Grammy Performers, Flying Luchas, and authentic cuisine! In between the Lucha matches, win vacations, prizes & more at dozens of exhibitor contests, a kid zone, and treats for everybody. Award winning tacos from different regions, bbq, and snack & desserts to satisfy the entire family. Come hungry! (1st Avenue & Washington Street, Phoenix)
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Cinco de Mario – SCOTTSDALE

May 5th, 2018 11am—6pm
Blending traditional Mexican elements with a fun, party-like atmosphere, and sprinkling in a few surprises, this event has something for everyone. Inside, you’ll find a treasure trove of entertainment, including a performance by The Sugarhill Gang, strolling mariachis, an authentic mercado, kid’s craft zone, and much more! Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Cinco at the Castle – CAMPE VERDE

Saturday, May 5, 2018 ALL DAY
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel will be on fire for Cinco de Mayo! Featuring Hot Seats for Slots and Blackjack, delicious street tacos at Three Sisters and a concert at the Gathering. Hot Seats gives you a chance to win just by sitting in the right seat! The action starts at 5:30p and continues right up to 10p.
555 Middle Verde Road Camp Verde, AZ 86322
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Cinco de Mayo at Tlaquepaque in Sedona – SEDONA

Saturday, May 5th
Tlaquepaque’s fiestas, events and parties are great family fun, and this year is no exception. Savor fabulous Mexican dishes, enjoy the beats of world-class musicians, take in high-energy folklórico dancers and participate in “The Great Sedona Chili Cook Off.” Admission is free.
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Cinco de Mayo – Fiesta Weekend at Casino Arizona – SCOTTSDALE

May 5th – 7th Saturday – Monday
In addition to exciting musical performances, Casino Arizona will host a viewing party for the much-anticipated Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Junior fight. The match up has unofficially been dubbed “The Battle of Mexico” and will be shown on the oversized screens in the casino’s Showroom. For more information on all the Fiesta Weekend festivities, call (480) 850-7777 or visit casinoarizona.com

However you choose to celebrate, be sure to take advantage of all we have to offer here in the Southwest and enjoy the fun spirited events of Cinco de Mayo!