By Bryan Carey

Cinco de Mayo is the quintessential Mexican holiday. Celebrating the Mexican military defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is a time for festive occasions and the day is marked by parties, commemorations, and other events across the United States. Houston, with its large Hispanic population and influence, is one of the best places to be for Cinco de Mayo. These are some of the best events taking place around the Houston area for this first weekend in May, 2017.

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Throwdown
2525 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 961-3000

Scheduled for 4;30 p.m. on Friday May 5 at the Hotel Derek in the Galleria area, Cinco de Mayo Margarita Throwdown is an excellent way to pay homage to the nation’s most popular mixed drink. This event is a competition of sorts, with teams working to create the most delicious margarita possible. Spectators can sip on a margarita of their choosing while cheering one of the teams to victory. Part of the proceeds go to charity, making the Cinco de Mayo Margarita Throwdown one of the best ways to celebrate the day.

Cinco de Mile
2415 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 487-6854

For those who prefer to be in the middle of the action, a good event to attend is Cinco de Mile. This is a block party held in downtown Houston and it is the second annual edition of what is quickly becoming a well- attended and enjoyable event. Participating venues include Capital Bar, Traffic Premium Lounge, Rose Gold Cocktail Den, and Cle Houston Dayclub/Nightclub- four taverns joined together as one for this festive occasion on the streets of downtown. Cinco de Mile is serving free tacos and drinks to the first 100 guests, so arrive early, ready to party.

Wild West Brewfest Launch Party
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy, TX 77494
(281) 644-5015

Held on the grounds of the Katy Mills Mall, the Wild West Brewfest Launch Party is a pre- celebration to the main event, the Wild West Brewfest, scheduled for the following day. This festival is different because the focus is on beer, but that is what makes it so special and it is one of the few Cinco de Mayo events scheduled for this west Houston suburb. While everyone else is slinging back margaritas on Cinco de Mayo, Wild West Brewfest Launch Party attendees will be sipping on some of the finest craft suds in the Houston area and the nation. This event is completely charitable in nature, with all proceeds going to local causes.

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Ritaville Fest
2916 Polk St.
Houston, TX 77003

Sponsored by Budlight and Red Bull, Ritaville Fest is an outdoor festival held in downtown Houston. True to the Cinco de Mayo spirit, RItaville Fest is a celebration of Mexican culture, with Mexican food, Mexican beer, and margaritas available for your eating and drinking pleasure. Live entertainment and interactive games will keep the action going well into the night and the event even has taco eating and jalapeno eating competitions for those who dare. Early bird guests receive extra benefits, so be sure to make your plans as soon as possible and be ready to celebrate.

Traders Village
7979 N. Eldridge Parkway
Houston, TX 77041
(281) 890-5500

Come to Traders Village for the 12th annual CInco de Mayo. This event will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so it is a good choice for those who want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but would rather party on a different day of the week This Cinco de Mayo celebration features food, drink, live music, dancing, and fun for all. It’s a great way to celebrate Mexican food and culture in a more family- friendly atmosphere.

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