Cinco de Mayo may not be a huge holiday in Mexico (contrary to popular belief, May 5 is not Independence Day in that country), but it's definitely a major party here in Denver.
Here are five Cinco de Mayo celebrations guaranteed to turn your weekend into a major fiesta.
5. Lucha Libre at El Diablo
Who: Anyone who loves lucha libre wrestling, drink specials and free music. (And who doesn't?)
What: A giant outdoor barbecue/lucha libre qualifying competition with live salsa bands and DJs.
Where: El Diablo Restaurant at 101 Broadway in Denver.
When: 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, May 3; 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and 12-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
How much: It's free! But if you'd like to enjoy any of El Diablo's drinks or menu items, you'll have to pay. Still, there are plenty of specials.
4. Cinco de Mayo Burlesque Fiesta
Who: Anyone who likes a little skin with their margaritas.
What: A Latin-themed burlesque show with music, comedy and, of course, ladies!
Where: Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret on the 16th Street Mall.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3; 11 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 11 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Must be 21 and over for the Friday and Saturday shows.
How much: $25 for general admission tickets, available online.
3. 25th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo Festival
Who: Anyone! There's something for everyone at this festival.
What: A weekend-long festival celebrating Mexican culture, with music, food and the fifth annual Green Chili Bowl Cook-Off.
Where: Civic Center Park.
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.
How much: Free! Free Free Free! 2. The Colorado Symphony presents Mariachi Cobre
Who: Anyone who wants to celebrate a more sedate Cinco de Mayo.
What: A night of mariachi music with legendary group Mariachi Cobre, house band of the Mexican Pavilion at Disney World's Epcot Center.
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
When: Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online.1. Cinco de Mayo cruising on Federal Boulevard.
Who: Gearheads and people-watchers alike.
What: Cruising down Federal Boulevard, a Denver tradition, has gotten the Denver Police Department in a hissy in recent years, for causing traffic problems and inspiring people to "loiter" -- and tickets have been handed out in the past. Still, the event is great for people-watching and spotting classic cars, as well as enjoying an old neighborhood tradition. And it's definitely legal to watch.
Where: Federal Boulevard.
When: Saturday, May 5.
How much: Since it's not a sanctioned event, there's no fee. Just park yourself somewhere along Federal and check out the cars and characters. Know of other great Cinco de Mayo celebrations and deals? Post the info in the comments section below.
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