For most of us, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and, more likely, a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most least understood Mexican holidays.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day; that is actually celebrated on September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Mexico had trouble paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.

Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one, aka another fun reason to drink without having any idea as to why.  But hey, when you get right down to it, that works for us!  That said, there are mucho, mucho ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo here in Boston this coming weekend.  Below is a listing of some of the best ways to fiesta:

The Cinco de Mayo Pre-Game is on this Thursday night, May 3rd at 7pm at a featured Dirty Water Media taping with Patron Tequila.

Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Methuen, MA offers a genuine welcoming, warm and friendly atmosphere with thoughtful service to make customers feel at home. Their award winning food and fresh cocktails – like their famous Margaritas – delivers a truly memorable experience, either is a special celebration, a casual night out or a fun time with friends and family. Nicknamed “The Shortcut to Mexico”, the venue will provide a short cut to Cinco de Mayo at all of their locations on both Thursday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 5th.

On Thursday night, Dirty Water Media will be shooting on location at Plaza Azteca to pregame with Patron Tequila a couple of days before Cinco de Mayo.

Plaza Azteca’s Cinco de Mayo Festival starts at 11am on Saturday with indoor and outdoor activities, give aways, live music, kids area, and more for patrons of all ages.

And on Saturday, May 5th, Plaza Azteca’s Cinco de Mayo Festival starts at 11am on Saturday with indoor and outdoor activities, give aways, live music, kids area, and more for patrons of all ages.

Join in on Boston’s Taco Festival on May 5th and 6th, on City Hall Plaza for a culinary journey, like no other! Inside this event, you will find some of the finest Mexican cuisine Boston has to offer, along with live music from local artist, lucha libre, a taco eating contest, best taco competition, and much more!

This Cinco de Mayo weekend you will definitely have something to taco about as the Boston Taco Festival sets up shop all weekend long – from 10:00am to 10:00pm on both Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th on City Hall Plaza.

Stop by for tacos, beer, cocktails, live music, DJs, mariachi bands, and all the tacos your tummy can handle. For just $15, you can get access to the best local vendors (for pay-as-you-go tacos and drinks) and performances from local artists including an authentic Mexican mariachi band, pro-wrestling super shows, Boston’s hottest DJs and taco-eating competitions. If Cinco de Mayo is more about the food than the drink for you, this is one festival you do not want to miss!

The Ghost Tequila Margarita Donut is a yeast-style donut, dipped in a refreshing icing made with honey, fresh limes, Ghost Tequila (boiled down to remove the alcohol) and finished off with a light sprinkle of salt.

Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts Collaborates with Ghost Tequila to Craft Limited Edition “Ghost Tequila Margarita Donut” – Kane’s Donuts recently announced a collaboration with Boston-based Ghost Tequila for a limited-edition donut in honor of Cinco de Mayo, the Ghost Tequila Margarita Donut. The delectable Ghost Tequila donut creation will be available Thursday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 6th at both Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts locations: 120 Lincoln Avenue in Saugus and 90 Oliver Street in Boston’s Financial District.  Ghost Tequila is a Boston-based tequila that uses 100% agave tequila from Jalisco, Mexico, along with the infamous India-born ghost pepper, to create a smooth yet fiery tequila.

As the city thirsts for warmer weather, Ghost Tequila gives Boston a taste of the heat to come with the ultimate pre-Cinco celebration. As the first foray into spirit sampling by the Greenway, there’s truly never been an activation like this before in Boston.

Speaking of Ghost Tequila, the brand will also transform Boston’s Greenway at Dewey Square into a Beach Bar for ‘A Sip of Cinco’ Pop-up Experience this week. Bostonians can gear up for warmth, embrace their spicy side and sip on seasonal signature cocktails at The 1st Annual Ghost Tequila Beach Bar. On Thursday, May 3 from 4 – 7 pm, Ghost Tequila will transform The Greenway at Dewey Square into a pop-up cabana, complete with tiki torches, palm trees, fire pits, a skeleton dance crew and of course, two fully stocked bars.

Passersby of legal age will be invited in small groups to enter the pop-up – only after passing inspection of being “spicy enough” to enter. After they enter they’ll have the chance to chill at the beach bar to sample innovative takes on traditional tequila cocktails. Upon their exit, they’ll have the chance for a photo opportunity with the ghost crew (and some surprise guests) on a step and repeat shot from an aerial view. Sounds cool … we mean HOT!

There’s something going on all Cinco de Mayo weekend long at the Lawn on D!

Celebrate the entire Cinco de Mayo Weekend on The Lawn on D Kick-off Cinco de Mayo weekend with Mexican-style food and Southie Ritas. Enjoy Mexican-themed entertainment, lawn games, and Cazadores giveaways!  The fun and festivity goes on all weekend long. Check out the full schedule below:

FRIDAY: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Come get your face painted… free for all ages! Sponsored by Cazadores Tequila – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music: Ricardo Monzon Band
Brandishing an enormous range of versatility and talent, Ricardo has been part of the vibrant Boston music scene for over 30 years. He has studied, taught and performed musical styles from across the Latin world: everything from Afro-Cuban styles to bachata, merengue, salsa, cumbia and pop styles.

SATURDAY:  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Come get your face painted… free for all ages! Sponsored by Cazadores Tequila – 
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Live Music: Mariachi Mexiamerica Band – Boston’s best Cinco de Mayo party with Boston’s best Mariachi Band!

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music: Ricardo Monzon Band – Brandishing an enormous range of versatility and talent, Ricardo has been part of the vibrant Boston music scene for over 30 years. He has studied, taught and performed musical styles from across the Latin world: everything from Afro-Cuban styles to bachata, merengue, salsa, cumbia and pop styles.

WEEK END OPEN HOURS: Friday & Saturday: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
CONCESSIONS, BAR & GAMES:  Friday & Saturday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Cayman Jack is hosting a tasty Cinco de Mayo event at Tiki Rock in Boston’s Financial District – near Faneuil Hall – Saturday evening. Stop by for some free food and margarita pairings.

Cayman Jack and Boston’s new Polynesian-inspired bar Tiki Rock are teaming up for a one-day only event in honor of Cinco de Mayo where guests can enjoy a premium cocktail and a limited-edition food item – all for free, courtesy of Cayman Jack. Yes, we said it, free food and cocktails. Did somebody say Fiesta?

The event will take place at Tiki Rock on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 5:00-9:00pm, but free food and drink is first come, first serve … so we recommend popping in around 5:01pm.  Here’s why … Tiki Rock’s limited edition food item was custom designed to pair perfectly with Cayman Jack’s premium margarita, which is handcrafted with 100 percent blue agave nectar from Mexico, pure cane sugar and organic limes. To complement its flavors, Tiki Rock is preparing chimichanga dumplings – a mashup of Asian and Mexican cuisine with fried wontons, rice, avocado, roasted chicken in Togarashi with a Sriracha sour cream sauce.  And, again, in addition to being delicious … they’re free.  So, yeah, dig in.

Reiterating … this complimentary pairing will be given on a first come first serve basis and drinks will only be available to those aged 21+ while supplies last.

Cinco de Mayo with an EDM twist!

Royale, one of Boston’s premier music venues, will get a head-start on Cinco this Friday, May 4th as this multi-level “mega-club” celebrates with live local and regional bands, professional DJs and other entertainers. Join DJ Bobok, DJs of Boston, and Antrik Official for a Friday night Cinco de Mayo bash like no other.  If you are planning to attend this super popular annual Cinco de Mayo event, it’s best to get your tickets in advance.  They have sold out in year’s past, so click here to get your ticket now.

This Cinco de Mayo bash take over an entire block in Providence, Rhode Island.

If you celebrate Cinco in the Rhode Island area, be sure to head over to The Rosendale on Saturday, May 5th for the 1st Annual Cinco De Mayo Block Party featuring Live Music, Food, and tons of giveaways. Enjoy $3 Taco and Beer Specials all day long.  No cover charge to attend.  The bar opens at 11:30pm and the outdoor fun lasts all day long!! From 7-9pm enjoy the official Method Man & Redman Pre-party with DJ Rukiz who will be giving away tickets to see Method Man & Redman live at The Strand.

Participants can pre-register online or at MIJA or any one of the other participating bars starting at 11 am on the morning of the fifth. There are multiple starting locations, and wrist bands and maps are handed out so that groups can stick together along the crawl.

On Saturday, May 5th, The Seventh Annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl kicks off at Mija Cantina and Tequila Bar in Boston.  Not that Bostonians every needed a new reason to drink, but on this day they can claim they are doing so to honor Mexican history, culture and courage. The Seventh Annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl starts at arguably the most Mexican of all bars in Boston, MIJA Cantina and Tequila Bar, located near Faneuil Hall. Participants are encouraged to drink Mexican beers – such as Dos Equis, Corona, Modelo, Pacifico and others – or to enjoy such signature Mexican concoctions like margaritas, sangria, or suenos, or stick with simple, straightforward shots of Tequila, of which there are many brands of varying price and there will be a whole lot of people there to drink with you.  Trust us, you absolutely will not be drinking alone.

Partying with 900 people aboard the Provincetown II is a great way to kick off the summer – this Cinco de Mayo Cruise tends to sell out in advance – so make sure you have your tickets!

BostonVIPList & Flavor Media Present … THE 7TH ANNUAL BOSTON CINCO DE MAYO CRUISE on Saturday, May 5th 2018.  Come party on this floating fiesta – with DJ Breeazy & DJ Tao – aboard the biggest boat in Boston! The Provincetown II boards at 6:00pm. This is the absolute BEST way to kick off your summer season and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style!! Party with over 900 people in what has become Boston’s #1 Party Cruise, 7 years running!

Boston Nightlife Presents … Boston Cinco De Mayo Weekend Pier Pressure Cruise on Saturday, May 5th, Cinco De Mayo Weekend. Pier Pressure™ – No Sink-O De Mayo – I”m on a Yacht! will allow Bostonians to enjoy amazing Margaritas, Cervazas & Tequila Drinks.  The event also features: 2 DJs, 4 decks, 2 floors of music and 1 amazing yacht party!

This isn’t your average CInco de Mayo event in Boston. Entertainment Cruises and Boston Nightlife’s mission is to make sure their ‘Pier Pressure’ Yacht Party is a perfectly unforgettable time!

Dance all night on Boston Harbor with the Sounds by: DJ Big O | DJ Sensation | DJ DCASO.  Other features include:  celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the biggest Yacht Party on the East Coast for Cinco De Mayo Weekend, an All Star Line-up of Boston’s Top DJs, exclusive VIP AREA w/ special view of the dance floor, some of the most gorgeous views of Boston Skyline during a 3 Hour Cruise / 4 Hour Party from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am. Don’t be a land lover this Cinco De Mayo! Get your significant other and/or your entourage of friends, and escape to biggest and best party this Cinco De Mayo Weekend.

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One of the founders of Dirty Water Media, Julie Fairweather serves as the company’s managing editor, marketing director and contributing writer/producer. In addition to her work with Dirty Water Media, Julie is also an award-winning journalist with 20+ years experience developing marketing and public relations strategies for emerging businesses. Julie has also worked as an assignment manager and reporter for WLVI-TV 56 in Boston and a news anchor and reporter from an NBC affiliate in North Platte, NE. Julie is a past President and former Executive Director of The Publicity Club of New England, a 300-member trade organization for the Greater Boston public relations community. She also taught broadcast journalism and radio and television producing at her alma mater Emerson College in Boston, MA. Her most accomplished position is as the mother to her three amazing children.