On May 5th, 1862, the Mexican Army was outnumbered by the French army, which had not been defeated for 50 years. But against all odds, and through courage and strength, the Mexican Army emerged victorious and the critical Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War is remembered to this day with Cinco de Mayo.
Honor this important day, and acknowledge Mexico’s history, independence, victory and patriotism, during Cinco de Mayo celebrations around town. From fundraisers to parties (with lots of tequila, of course), here are plenty of ways to have a good time on this important day.
3309 N. Holland Rd., Sylvania | 419-214-1330
419 Tacos offers up live music by a surprise guest DJ and Zak Ward. Kick back with a beer and enjoy one of their specials. Coronas for $2. Buckets of Coronitas are 5 for $8. Margarita specials include $3 regular margaritas and $3.25 for flavored. It’s $6.99 for a jumbo margarita, or you can just get an $18 pitcher to share with friends. Or keep it all for yourself— we’re not judging! There are $10 street tacos with rice and beans, plus the restaurant is celebrating their one-year anniversary, so it’s going to be a great party. More specials throughout the weekend.
Calle Tacos & Lounge
1440 Secor Rd. | 419-469-2467 facebook.com/calletacosandlounge
Calle Tacos is hosting their first annual Cinco de Mayo party with a variety of drink specials including $3 margaritas! They’ll also have a grill on the pet-friendly patio with a variety of authentic Mexican street cuisine, like Mexican street corn and $3 tacos! These specials, the free t-shirts, and other giveaways make this an event you won’t want to miss.
Carlos Poco Loco
1809 Adams St. | 419-214-1655 | carlospocoloco.com
Noon-1am on Saturday
This Adams Street fixture will host a huge Cinco de Mayo party. If the weather permits, they’ll close the street in front of the restaurant and have a DJ outside. With surprise food and drink specials to keep you partying, it’s a great location for your Cinco fun. Though the restaurant is usually closed on Sundays, they will be open from noon to 8pm for the holiday and plan to have drink specials on that day as well.
Los Amigos Don Juan – Franklin Park Mall
5001 Monroe St. | 419-407-5084
The Cinco Fiesta begins at 3pm with live music by DJ Frankie J and another surprise guest DJ. Order a flight of tequilas and margaritas for $18, or take advantage of happy hour from 3pm – 6pm with half off house margaritas and all beers except craft and IPAs.
Los Dos Gallos
5327 Dorr St. | 419-531-5312 | losdosgallosohio.com
This will be the restaurant’s last Cinco de Mayo fiesta at their current location, promising a very special party. The food special is the molcajete for $15.99. Served with rice and beans, it comes with steak, chicken breast, jumbo shrimp, jalapenos and other veggies, all topped with melted cheese. Mexican beers are $2.50. A large margarita pitcher is $20. Domestic buckets of beer are 5 for $10, and import buckets of beer are 5 for $12. Enjoy live music by DJ Juanio.
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
1406 S. Reynolds Rd., Maumee | 419-897-9222
5pm-midnight on Saturday.
La Fiesta is having a Cinco celebration on Cuatro de Mayo (May 4th) until midnight, with a party including live music by Not Fast Enuff, Van Damage, DJ Rick James, and DJ Exel. The fiesta doesn’t end there— shots, drink specials, and free giveaways complete the night.
Lucas County Young Democrats Fundraiser
The Attic on Adams
1701 Adams St. | 419-243-5350 | theatticonadams.com
Spend your Sunday on the downstairs patio sipping fresh margaritas made with juice from Toledo’s All Juice, holiday-themed shots, with traditional Mexican cuisine as well as creative fare, like Greek tacos and deconstructed Greek nachos. $1 from every margaria and drink special will go to support the Lucas County Young Democrats. $20 suggested donation.
¡Ofertas y Descuentos!
Keep it fun and low key with drink and food specials and popular spots.
Cocina De Carlos
27072 Carronade Dr., Perrysburg | 419-872-0200
The Perrysburg location is launching their new Smoky San Toledo Margarita, prepared with silver tequila and Toledo Spirits’ Orange Tiger, aged in the restaurant for five months in white oak barrels. The margarita will be served from May 1st until it’s gone, so hurry on over to try it out!
El Salto Authentic Mexican Restaurant
5817 Monroe St. | 419-824-0049.
219 Golden Gate Plaza, Maumee | 419-887-0211.
Both El Salto locations feature $2 off carnitas and $2 off jumbo margaritas as Cinco specials.
El Vaquero Locations
3302 Secor Rd. | 419-526-0471.
26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg | 419-872-1230.
24 Main St. | 419-690-8330.
All three locations offer up a wide array of beers you can order by the bucket, margarita specials (pitchers and multiple flavors), and the patio will be open for the (fingers crossed) warm spring day.
3332 W. Central Ave. | 419-214-4291 | fuzzystacoshop.com
Take advantage of Fuzzy’s food and drink specials— $1.50 tacos and $2 margaritas.
Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
3302 Glanzman Rd. | 419-380-0411 | facebook.com/MiHaciendaToledo
Mi Hacienda is the place to go for all day drink specials: regular house margaritas are $4.29 and jumbo house margaritas are $7.29.
Ventura’s Mexican Restaurant
7742 W. Bancroft St. | 419-841-7523
11am-midnight, Friday and Saturday.
Ventura’s will have appetizer specials on Cinco de Mayo weekend with $2 bottles of Mexican beer. Closed on Sunday, Cinco de Mayo.
El Tipico Restaurant
1444 South Ave. | 419-382-0661 | Eltipicotoledo.net
11am-9pm, Friday and Saturday.
The southside restaurant known for its fresh organic ingredients doesn’t often do dollar tacos, but if you mention the Toledo City Paper you’ll get five crispy tacos for $5! They are also featuring a deal where you get $5 credit for every $25 spent.
¡Fiestas Para Toda la Familia!
Walk, run, and dance at these family-friendly parties with purpose.
Cinco de Mayo 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Presented by Adelante
520 Broadway St. | 419-244-8440 | adelantetoledo.org
Burn off the calories by joining Adelante, The Latino Resource Center, for a 5K or 1 mile fun run. Day-of registration begins at 9am, before the race at 10am. Registration prices vary. For more information, or to register in advance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-244-8440 ext. 206.
4324 W. Central Ave. | 419-531-0006 | Toledoyoga.com
Vegetarian food truck, The Leaf and Seed, joins Toledo Yoga for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Yoga classes will be held throughout the day, and The Leaf and Seed will begin serving nachos, tacos, Spanish rice and street corn at 10am, with entrees for $10 and sides for $3. Come early before the food sells out!
Mustard Seed Education Foundation Fundraiser
Manhattan’s Pub ‘n Cheer (1516 Adams St.)
5-8pm | $25 per person.
Support the Mustard Seed Education Foundation, which helps parents seeking financial assistance to send their children to Catholic school, during this holiday fundraiser featuring food and fun. For more information, call 419-725-9399 or visit facebook.com/mustardseededucation.
The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way | 419-385-5721 | Toledozoo.org
Celebrate Cinco with live entertainment from El Corazon de Mexico Folklorico Dance Group, music provided by DJ Tony Rios, piñata, Mexican paper flower crafts and other fun activities. This family-friendly fiesta is free with Zoo admission. See the full schedule of activities at toledozoo.org/cinco.