Party time! 5 celebration spots for Cinco de Mayo in Birmingham

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Let’s taco bout this spread, okay?! Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Grab your party hats and get ready to feista (and then siesta) because Cinco de Mayo is coming up! Unlike last year, May 5, 2021 is bringing a few more in-person celebrations and we are here for it. Keep reading to see how you can celebrate.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican heritage. The holiday is also known as the Battle of Puebla Day, commemorating the Mexican victory over the French in 1862. This battle was part of a war between Mexico and Franch (led by Napoleon III) over debts Mexico had incurred.

Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is not a national Mexican holiday and is often celebrated more in the US than Mexico.

Sol Y Luna

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Are you drooling yet? Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Get ready to partaaaay at Sol y Luna for Cinco de Mayo with live music from DJ Ides, March margarita specials and swag from sponsors. Wednesday’s celebration will also kick off Sol Y Luna’s newly announced Wednesday lunches.

  • When: Wednesday, May 5, 11:30AM-9PM
  • Where: 920 Lane Parke Ct, Mountain Brook, AL 35223
  • Check out the menu

Young Professionals of Birmingham Cinco De Mayo Social

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I’m already hungry. Photo via Mathew Nibllett for Bham Now

Jointly hosted by YP Birmingham and Rotaract, the Birmingham Cinco de Mayo Social is a great way for the young professionals crowd to mix, mingle and network together over margaritas, tacos and music. YP and Rotaract members receive a free taco box from Unos Tacos, but everyone is invited to attend and there is no admission fee.

  • When: Wednesday, May 5, 5:30-8:30PM
  • Where: Pizitz Food Hall, 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Price: Free
  • Register

Unos Tacos

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Unos Tacos is so good, it sold out last year. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Last year, Unos Tacos Cinco de Mayo’s curbside celebration was so popular they actually ran out of food. This year’s in-person event is expected to be even more fun with the 3 G’s: good music, good food and good drinks

  • When: Wednesday, May 5, 5:30-8:30PM
  • Where: Unos Tacos, The Pizitz Food Hall, 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Price: Admission is free
  • Learn more

La Paz Crestline

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La Paz in the Crestline neighborhood of Mountain Brook. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

La Paz in Mountain Brook is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta this year and it’s sure to be a stellar time. Expect live music by Jon and Kristen Campbell, food and drinks specials and plenty more. 

  • When: Wednesday, May 5, 5-9PM
  • Where: 99 Euclid Ave, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
  • Price: Admission is free
  • Learn more.

Chuy’s Cantina

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Patrons celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Chuys Birmingham in years past. Photo via Chuys Birmingham.

Chuy’s at The Summit is hosting a menu full of drink specials this Cinco de Mayo. Bonus: drink specials last all day, so you’ll have plenty of time to grab one.

  • When: Wednesday, May 5, 11AM-9PM
  • Where: 216 Summit Boulevard, Suite 135, Birmingham , AL 35243
  • Price: Varies by drink.
  • Learn more.

Organizations to support

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Television station interviewing Isabel Rubio of HICA about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the hispanic community. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

First and foremost, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture, so when you venture out for margs and tacos, be sure to remember this important fact. For ways you can support the Hispanic community in Alabama, check out the list below:

Got another Cinco de Mayo event coming up? Email claire@bhamnow.com and let us know!

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