Cinco de Mayo is always a good day to enjoy margaritas, burritos, tacos, tequila, nachos, and beer – and, it falls on a Sunday this year, so you have the whole day to enjoy! Here’s what’s going on for Cinco de Mayo in and around Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
Listed in no particular order:
Taco and Tequila Festival
Get things started early with this party – happening Saturday, May 4th from 5 to 9 pm in Old Town La Quinta. There will be live music, tasty La Quinta Brewing Company beer, food, and more.
Fluffy makes his annual stop at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa with performanceson May 4 and 5. It appears that tickets to May 4 have sold out, but you can still grab passes to the May 5 sho for $75 to $95.
Las Casuelas Terraza
Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales, who perform everything from traditional mariachi to Latin jazz, returns for two performances: during lunch starting at 11:00 am and again for dinner starting at 4:15 pm.
There will also be music from PS Sound Company from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Hot Roxx from 8:00 pm to 12:30 am and plenty of beer, margaritas, and a full menu of Mexican food.
Cinco de Saguaro
The Saguaro resort in Palm Springs will host a brunch /block party starting at 10 am featuring a performance by Ocho Ojos. It’s 18+ and getting in is free, but they are asking everyone to RSVP.
Beer and Food Trucks
The local brewer will have two food trucks – The Grub Plug & Marisco’s Capitan Santa Anna – at their Palm Desert brewery location along with Steve O’s Catering from 1 to 8 pm. They’ll also be making gourmet chavelas and their “Hot Poolside Blonde” – a blonde ale “dry hopped” with jalapeno peppers. Plus there will be live music and it’s free to get in.
The Rancho Mirage bar and eatery will have The 212 Band perform from 2 to 6 pm. They will also have an AYCE Mexican food buffet from noon to 6 for $15. Drink specials include: $6 patron shots, $5 margaritas, $10 cadillac margaritas, and $21 buckets of Corona.
The city of Coachella will have free concerts at Veterans Memorial Park each Sunday in May starting at pm – with the first scheduled for Cinco de Mayo. You can also enjoy car shows, lawn games, a bounce house, art exhibits and more.
Here is the complete lineup of performers:
- May 5: Orquesta Bonko (Salsa & Cumbia)
- May 12: Mariachi Nueveo San Diego (Mariachi)
- May 19: Nacho Bustillos (Ranchera & Cumbia)
- May 26: Bohemio (Cumbia, Tex-Mex, & Rock en Español
Well, you might not immediatly think of Paul Bar for Cinco de Mayo…but you should! For one day only on May 5, they’re replacing Paul’s famous Frozen Sidecar with frozen margaritas and the kitchen will be cooking up special menu items including mole’ with chicken or pork, black bean soup, Spanish rice, and gazpacho with watermelon.
Agua Caliente Casinos
The downtown Palm Springs casino will serve up $5 margaritas and $5 shots of Cazadores at their Center Bar throughout the day.
Meanwhile, the Rancho Mirage casino will serve tachos (tater tots with cheese and beef and chorizo chili) in the 360 Sports Bar will be offering “tachos” tater tots covered in nacho cheese and accompanied by a spicy Cheetos crumble, beef and chorizo chili) along with drink specials. The Three Palms Buffet will host Cinco de Mayo brunch and dinner.
Cinco De Mayo Parking Lot Party
Coachella Valley Brewing will hold extended hours for Cinco de Mayo – opening from noon to 8pm. The local Thousand Palms brewery will contests, food by KUMA Catering, and plenty of specials including:
- $3 Mezcal Beer Shots
- $4 CDMX
- $5 Chavelas
- $5 Barrel Aged Beergaritas
The bar / restaurant at the River in Rancho Mirage will $5 margaritas all day – which includes their new salted watermelon and pomegranate margaritas.
The Palm Springs spot will have $5 margaritas all day along with live music and food specials.
Please be sure to drink responsibly.
This list will be updated as more events are announced. Know of something that you think should be included, let us know about it.