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Cinco de Mayo in Houston

‘Ritas, fajitas, and more!

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France in the first Battle of Puebla during the Franco-American War. It’s a pretty low-key date in Mexico, but here in the U.S., it’s a day to celebrate Mexican culture with drinks, food, and parties. Here are five places in which you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Houston.

Pig Roast at Ninfa's
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Pig Roast & ‘Ritas at Ninfa’s Uptown

Make it a night at The Original Ninfa’s Uptown. On Cinco de Mayo, chef Alex Padilla will be roasting whole pigs to make tasty pork tacos for the occasion. Wash them down with $10 specialty margaritas in your flavor of choice: cucumber mint, spicy jalapeño, or watermelon. To make your night more fun, book a room at the nearby DoubleTree Galleria and worry not about how many of those margaritas you consumed. Your luxurious bed will be waiting so you can rest and recover after the festivities.

8th Wonder Brewery
Photo by Becca Wright

8th Wonder Brewery

Head over to this 8th Wonder Brewery in EaDo on Cinco de Mayo for micheladas and Eatsie Boys’s famous elote fries. If you’ve never had them, you’ll want to try these indulgent waffle fries topped with buttered corn, cotija cheese, hot sauce, mayo, lime, green onions, and Hot Cheetos. With live performances by Bombón and DJ Gracie Chavez from 4 to 9 p.m., get ready to party.

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Cinco de Mayo at Miller

Don’t miss the performance by Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea at Miller Outdoor on May 1. The whole family will enjoy the festivities and mariachi music but this all-female, Grammy Award-winning ensemble. Tickets for the covered seating are already gone but you can pack up some food and drinks and head to Miller Outdoor’s hill. Can’t make it? You can watch the performance from your couch on Miller’s website,  YouTube channel, or Facebook!

Pier 6
Photo by Kimberly Park

Escape to Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House

Play hooky and escape to Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House in San Leon, Galveston County. Not only will you enjoy the freshest oysters and seafood with a view of the water, but you can also indulge in the restaurant’s refreshing margaritas. If you can’t decide among the drink options or just want to get a taste of them all, order the frozen flight, a taste of all four frozen drink options – the house margarita, ocean water (rum, coconut, and lime), watermelon slush, and mangonada – for $12. 

Girl dressed in traditional Cinco de Mayo celebration outfit performing a dance with a paper fan.
Photo courtesy of @DiscoveryGreen on Instagram

Xfinity Cinco de Mayo Cultural Festival

Have a Cinco de Mayo party at home and enjoy this 20-minute virtual cultural festival filmed at Discovery Green. Enjoy performances by HSPVA Mariachis, Danzas Folkloricas de Solei and music by Nick Gaitan with Robert Rodriguez III. Plus, learn how to make The Grove at Discovery Green’s Ginger Margarita. Register here to receive a link to the program.

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Pappasitos Cantina Downtown

Known for its Texas-sized portions, tasty food, and fun atmosphere, Pappasitos Cantina is a good bet to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And the restaurant on Avenida Houston downtown is ready to welcome you with sizzling fajitas and refreshing margaritas. Bonus: its location inside the Hilton Americas makes it a convenient place to go celebrate and have a mid-week staycation

Hilton Americas
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4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Party at Chapman and Kirby

Mariachi, loteria, piñatas, delicious craft cocktails, tequila, and Mexican bites are all part of the Cinco de Mayo party at Chapman and Kirby. Get ready to dance to the sounds of live music and have a blast. Reserve your free tickets.