It’s common knowledge that April showers bring forth an abundance of tequila and carne asada. Wait, what? The advent of May means one thing, and one thing only: it’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
However you choose to honor the day is up to you, but we have our own recommendations. Grab some Don Julio to keep you company, maracas for ultimate noise-making and a big ol’ sombrero for statement-making fashion. Okay fine, add a mustache too.
Discover the best 2013 Cinco de Mayo parties in San Diego.
Cinco de Mayo at Bar West: Take your fiesta to the beach, with Bar West’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Enjoy live mariachi, Oscar’s tacos and a fiesta you won’t forget. Plus, beats by Cheyenne Giles. $5 drinks, $6 premiums and $225 Ciroc bottles with hospitality industry proof. 9 p.m. 959 Hornblend Street, Pacific Beach.
Cinco de Mayo at The Shout! House: Everybody shout now! Join The Shout! House for a wild and crazy Cinco De Mayo fiesta. Order $3 Corona and Dos Equis, $5 Avion Silver Tequila and $3 fish tacos. 7 p.m. No cover. 655 4th Ave., downtown.
Pier Pressure Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise: Three decks and two DJs on one party cruise ship. Sail the seas with margaritas, Corona and Dos Equis in hand. DJ Dynamiq, Murphi Kennedy and Latin Band will all be there to keep the beats strong on the San Diego waters. 3 p.m. $35+. California Spirit, 990 North Harbor Drive – Dock #3.
Cinco de Mayo at Fred’s Mexican Café & Typhoon Saloon: This party starts early with drinks and food specials, as well as an actual miniature donkey for your perfect Instagram. 10 a.m. 1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Bailiwick: It’s tequila time at Bailiwick! They’ll be serving $5 Palomas - the perfect concoction of tequila, lime and grapefruit juice. Add some Mexican style eats, Mexican Western movies and downtown’s hot locals on scene. 10 a.m. 756 5th Ave., downtown.
Cinco de Mayo at Bub’s: 'Cinco de Drinking' gets done at Bub’s at the Ballpark. $5 margaritas, $4 Dos Equis, tequila specials and piñata bashes, obviously. 1 p.m. 715 J Street, East Village.
Viva la Revolucion at Block No. 16: Get down with a build-your-own taco bar, Modelo specials and live music by Safety Orange. 12 p.m. No cover. 344 7th Ave., East Village.
Cinco de Mayo at The Blind Burro: Gear up for bottomless sangria, taco specials, $5 margaritas and tequila specials all day. Plus, $4 TJ dogs...yum. 10 a.m. 370 7th Ave., East Village.
30th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo: Grab your amigos and shimmy on over to the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. This two-day free fiesta takes place from May 4th to May 5th, and will include mariachis, ballet folklorico, a Mercado with handcrafted jewelry and even a lowrider show. Cool off with a refreshing ice cold beer in the beer garden or become a tequila connoisseur in the high-end tequila sampling area. Finish off your appetite by visiting over 20 delicious restaurants to enjoy zesty food specials. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free. Throughout Old Town.
Cinco de Mustache at Belly Up: The ultimate '80s cover band, The Young Guns play at this year’s Cinco de Mustache party. Flaunt your finest ‘stache. The Cinco de Mustache party is presented by Windigo Surfboards. 9 p.m. Saturday. $12-$14. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach.
Cinco de Mayo Zonkeyfest at El Camino: Get your beer and tequila drink specials, and beats by Kimbo, Adam Salter, Ikah Love, Profile, Kanye Asada, Beatnick and Steve McQueen. Oh right, did we forget to mention there is going to be a real live Zonkey? What the hell is a Zonkey? Have to party to find out...11 a.m. 2400 India Street, Little Italy.
Cinco de Mayo at Union Kitchen & Tap: It's a Bandido party at Union! Come dressed as a Bandido and you'll get hooked up with a bottle of tequila. The day will also have Pacifico, Modello and more on special. 9 a.m. 1108 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.
Discover more entertainment ideas in our San Diego events calendar