Cinco de Mayo happenings

Cinco de Mayo 1901 posterTomorrow is Cinco de Mayo* and since it falls on a Saturday this year, you can bet there are lot of things going on for it! Here’s a rundown, and if I find out more I’ll update this list.

  • Festival de Banderas at the Les Schwab Amphitheater all day from 10am until 7pm; the LSA is partnering with the Central Oregon Latino Partnership Program to host this “Festival of Flags” featuring a family-friendly cultural celebration including music, dance, and food. Cost is $10 per person, with kids under 18 free. It’s all ages friendly until 7pm (which leads into the next event on this list).
  • Amalia’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration is also taking place at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, with the Festival de Banderas as the lead-in for it: taking place from 5 until 10pm, with minors allowed until 7pm, this is the largest Central Oregon Cinco de Mayo party ever (according to the press release), and was moved to the LSA this year after simply growing too large for the downtown street party of previous years. The $10 price of the Festival will apply to this I believe, or you can purchase the tickets just for the Amalia’s party.
  • Cinco de Mayo at La Rosa’s is taking place again this year, all day over in Northwest Crossing. There will be music, specials, infused margaritas, tequila flights, contests and swag throughout the day, and you can additionally enter to win a free stay in Cabo!
  • The Broken Top Bottle Shop has Cinco de Micros for Cinco de Mayo all day tomorrow, featuring “a Mexican-inspired Especiales Menu, 5 micro tasters for $5, & 2 Pacificos for $5”.
  • El Rodeo is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with (at the very least) live music, drink specials, and a taco bar (apologies for the lack of details, I heard this on the radio this morning and I’m not finding much online).
  • Bend Brewing Company posted: “Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at B.B.C. tonight with One Loudah IPA and dinner specials including Tequila Lime Prawns and a delicious Mexican Pizza.”
  • The Horned Hand is hosting Avery James and The Hillandales w/The Dream Symphony for their Cinco de Mayo party starting at 9pm for $5. “Its Cinco De Mayo! We’ll have Elysian and PBR specials all night! and don’t miss out on these two great local acts!”
  • The Astro Lounge‘s party kicks off at 9pm—“Cinco De Mayo Rager!!!”—and features live music all night from Jay Tablet, Keegan Smith, Keez, J.O.Beats, and Nathaniel Knows (and more).
  • The Northside Bar & Grill has their Cinco de Mayo party kicking off with live music from Fun Bobby starting at 8:30 with a $2 cover.
  • Amanda’s (formerly El Caporal West, downtown) is of course celebrating Cinco de Mayo, featuring (at the very least!) “delicious pork carnitas and lots of drink specials.”
  • El Rancho Grande up at the Cascade Village shopping center will have “Food specials, drink deals, mariachi photo fun and MORE!”
  • Common Table: “Come get your Cinco De Mayo Groove on with The Human Microphone at Common Table! Enjoy special House Margaritas and delicious Traditional Mexican dishes while we serenade you with anything but traditional Mexican music. See you there! $5 dollar peach and watermelon margaritas”  And it’s free and friendly for all ages from 7 to 10pm!
  • Mt. Bachelor has their “Kinko de Mayo” snowboarding event: “Bent Metal Binders, Mt. Bachelor and Snowboy Productions are bringing Kinko de Mayo back from the graveyard for an amazing day of bent jibs, tacos, heavy metal, and general hesh’ness.  This BEYOND FREE event is open to all snowboarders looking to get sunburned, hang with the Bent Metal Knights and Minions and maybe even hitch-hike home with some goods from Bent Metal Binders, Mt. Bachelor, Lib Tech Snowboards, GNU Snowboards, Arnette Eyewear, Poler Stuff, Dinosaurs Will Die Snowboards, COAL, YoBeat and Snowboarder Magazine.” From 10:30 to 4pm.

* Of course it’s known as probably the second-largest drinking holiday “borrowed” from other cultures, after St. Patrick’s Day… I’ve known people to call it “Drinko” de Mayo. I’ll be drinking beer and margaritas too!