Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Dayton

It’s time for Cinco de Mayo.

Tequila shooters, vats of chips, salsa and queso, burritos and cool refreshing margaritas await.

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Cinco de Mayo is the observance of Mexico’s victory — despite being outnumbered two to one — over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Now that we all sound smarter, here’s some of the best places and events to celebrate this year.

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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EL MESON

903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton | 937-859-8229

Saturday, May 4 from 5-11 p.m. & Sunday, May 5 from 12-7 p.m.  

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El Meson will host a two-day Cinco De Mayo celebration May 4-5 that expands outdoors.

With food trucks and alcohol sales out in the lot, the music schedule for the weekend begins Saturday with Ithika from 6-8:30 p.m. and Velvet Crush from 9-11 p.m., and then on Sunday with Until Rust from 12-3 p.m. and Nothing But Treble from 3:30-7 p.m. 

On Sunday, a Cinco brunch will be served from noon to 3 p.m.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 4 from 5-11 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 from 12-7 p.m. 

Tickets are $5 for both days and available here.  VIP tickets are $35 per day. Buy Saturday VIP here and Sunday VIP here. 

Bonus: The Pink Ribbon Girls will benefit.

>>MORE DETAILS: What’s better than one Cinco de Mayo celebration? El Meson says two

Chuy’s margaritas are made from scratch with simple ingredients: tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice that’s fresh-squeezed in-house every day. Margaritas come in both regular and grande sizes, in a variety of flavors easy to mix, swirl and dot. CONTRIBUTED

CHUY’S THREE-DAY CINCO DEALS

Chuy’s in Beavercreek, 2717 Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek near the Mall of Fairfield Commons | (937) 320-4419

Chuy’s in Austin Landing, 10445 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg | (937) 247-5450

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May 3-5

Chuy’s is celebrating Cinco de Chuy's all weekend. On Friday, May 3, get $1 floaters. On Saturday, May 4,  get $1 floaters and $1 off Perfect Margaritas. On Sunday, May 5, get $1 floaters, $1 off Perfect Margaritas, $5 Regular House Ritas, $8 Grande House Ritas, $1 OFF Dos Equis, $5 queso or guacamole.

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Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., will celebrate patio season by opening the renovated back patio space Saturday, April 13, 2019. The new back patio is pictured.
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SALAR’S CINCO DE MAYO COCKTAIL DINNER 


Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton, OH 

Salar is adding a Peruvian flare to some Mexican-inspired drinks and dishes in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. Cactus Paloma is paired with an Alaskan King Crab tostada and Agua Fresca is paired with Mango & Chile Sorbet.

Find the full five-course menu and reserve your space online today. 

TGI Fridays is celebrating Cinco de Mayo in style with $5 Fridays 'Ritas, $5 Patron Shots, and $5 Dos Equis 23 oz draft beer. CONTRIBUTED

TGI FRIDAYS

TGI Fridays Beavercreek, 2799 Centre Drive | (937) 429-0019

TGI Fridays is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with $5 Fridays 'Ritas, $5 Patron Shots and $5 Dos Equis 23-ounce draft beer.

Food specials include endless appetizers including Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips, Boneless Wings, Pan-Seared Pot Stickers and more.

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CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRACION AT TOXIC BREW CO.

431 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

May 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Expect mysterious mezcal releases, piñata prizes, Drunken Waffle, Twisted Taco specials and a Paradox Beer Company MF Gose Salty Limes can release and the return of Uno Mas, Mexican style lager with key lime flavor.

THE GROWLER PUB & GRUB QUATTRO DE MAYO

3808 Wilmington Pike, Kettering

May 4 beginning at 5 p.m.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby in one event at the Quattro De Mayo Party.

Start off with Mint Juleps and watch the Kentucky Derby at 6 p.m. Ladies are encouraged to wear Derby hats. 

After the race, the celebration turns to Cinco De Mayo with entertainment by Jim Merrick, The Grateful Parrot from 6:30-9:30, with $5 margarita specials.

CINCO DE MAYO WITH WINE MARGARITAS AT BRANDEBERRY WINERY

5118 W. Jackson Road, Enon

Saturday, May 4, from 5-10 p.m.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the winery with a special margarita flavored wine that will be served by the glass either frozen or on the rocks with a salt rimmed glass. El Buen Taco food truck will be there from 5-9:30 p.m. Old Skool Duo will be rocking the winery from 6-9 p.m.

AN EPIC CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND AT BARREL HOUSE

417 E. Third St., Dayton

May 4-5

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With Saturday being Derby Day and Sunday being Cinco De Mayo, Barrel Host is hosting an epic two-day party with Epic Brewing. The Epic beers that will be on tap are: Los Locos, Tart n Juicy, Maximum Cowbell, Rose Sour, Quad Barrel Big Bad Baptist.

Tell us about your Cinco de Mayo events. Send an email with all of the details to contact@dayton.com with the subject line: Cinco de Mayo or message us on Facebook.

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