Technically, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday designed to commemorate the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Yet somehow that translates in America to a holiday celebrated by consuming mass quantities of tequila and chips and salsa.
Whatever reason you toast to on Cinco de Mayo … ¡Salud! Because there are muchas fiestas this weekend.
It’s the freak show Shiprocked’s five-year anniversary at Snug Harbor (1228 Gordon St.). A full blown carnival is basically parking and setting up shop – there’s a dunk tank, stilt walkers, fire performers, a fortune teller, a drag-burlesque show, and an aerialist. So run off and join the circus for a night, and let your freak flag fly! 10 p.m. Free to first 100 people, a mere $2 after that. www.snugrock.com.
Cinco de Mayo
May 5 falls on a Saturday this year. How convenient. The Mayans must have planned that one out…
Vida at the EpiCentre (210 E. Trade St.) is having a loco Cinco de Mayo celebration, including Chihuahua races! If you have a fast little Taco Bell dog who isn’t timid and scared of everything (like every Chihuahua I’ve ever met), you can win a trip to Cancun, Mexico, and go in September to celebrate their actual Mexican Independence Day. 2-8 p.m. in the EpiCentre courtyard, with an after-party at Vida beginning at 8.
FashionSOUL’s Cinco de Mayo Ball at Amos’ Southend (1423 S. Tryon St.) will be hosted by FOX Charlotte’s foxy lady Morgan Fogarty, with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Charlotte. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10 in advance at www.amossouthend.com, or $15 night-of.
Other places to go get your fiesta on: Paco’s Tacos and Tequila (6401 Morrison Blvd.), Loco Lime in Plaza Midwood (1101 Central Ave.), Birkdale’s new resident Baja Soul Taqueria (8625 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville), and NoDa newcomer Salud Beer Ship (3306-B N. Davidson St.).