Wednesday, May 2: Lykes Gaslight Square Park (Food Truck Fiesta)
Head to the park on your lunch break, and satisfy your food truck craving at Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta. Mayor Bob Buckhorn will participate in this fiesta. Favorite food trucks like Wicked Wiches and Taco Bus, as well as newbies like Cuppin Cake, will be parked. Free; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 410 Franklin St., Tampa, tampagov.net.
Wednesday, May 2 - Saturday, May 5: Red Mesa Cantina
Forget just one day of Cinco de Mayo; Red Mesa Cantina is hosting Fiesta Week. Win a big prize in the big raffles on May 2 and 3 and enjoy Corona, Tecate, tequila shot and margarita specials. Enjoy those same drink specials at First Friday Fiesta. Cinco de Mayo Festival will include drink specials, five bars, tacos and nachos from Taco Man, tents and live music from several acts. For more information, visit their Facebook page. 128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, 727-896-8226, redmesacantina.com.
Thursday, May 3: Dunedin Brewery
Be there for the launch of Dunedin Brewery’s spring lager, Maibock. This 6.6% ABV Helles bock pale lager will be sure to please your taste buds and quench your thirst. Begins at 11 a.m., 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 727-736-0606, dunedinbrewery.com.
Friday, May 4: International Cellar
Start your weekend on the right note at this Evening of Wine Tasting and Live Music event. French and domestic wines will be featured. Enjoy the “modern lounge-style” guitar and vocals of Big Joe. $5 (good towards wine purchase); 6:30 – 10 p.m., 3689 Tampa Road, Suite 304, Oldsmar, 813-855-8099, internationalcellar.com.
Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6: Miguel’s Mexican Cafe
Cinco de Mayo will be for three days at Miguel’s, with live music each day. Corona will be available for $3 on May 5. Try Fajitas Ixtapa, which satisfies your Mexican, seafood and meat cravings simultaneously. 3035 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-876-2587, miguelscafe.com.
Saturday, May 5: Armed Forces History Museum
The hero of the day is the hero, or hoagie. In honor of National Hoagie Day, receive a free hoagie, chips and cookies, courtesy of Armed Forces History Museum and Publix. Also enjoy a $5 discount on adult and children admission, and a ride on the virtual voyager simulator exhibit. 11 a.m. – 2. p.m., 2050 34th Way N, Largo, 727-539-8371, armedforcesmuseum.com.
Saturday, May 5: Cantina Laredo
If shopping and partying are on your Cinco de Mayo agenda, head to the Shops at Wiregrass for both activities. The outside area near Laredo will be closed to make room for the stage, where two bands will be playing. Drink specials include $3 tequila shots and Coronas and $5 margarita. The $5 cover may go towards food purchase inside Laredo. $5; 2000 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel, 813-907-3068, cantinalaredo.com.
Saturday, May 5: Cheese Please
If you want to be cheesy on Cinco de Mayo, head to this Sparkling Cheeses event. The cheeses won’t be sparkling, but you’ll learn which cheeses pair well with sparkling wines. Eight cheese courses will be featured. Pre-paid reservation is required by phone or website. $25; 7 – 9 p.m., 4213 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 813-805-BRIE or 813-766-0060, cheesepleasetampa.com.
Saturday, May 5: Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant
Enjoy food and drink specials while listening to the sounds of live Spanish guitars. Carmelita's has received numerous awards. 5042 E. Bay Drive, Clearwater, 727-524-8226; 5211 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-545-2956, carmelitas.net.
Saturday, May 5: Casa Tina
The street outside Tina’s will be closed in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy live Spanish music outside while grabbing a beverage from a tent. Festival menu will be available inside Tina’s casa if you’re hungry for a full meal. Quesadillas, rice and beans, and chips with salsa and guac will be available outside. Drink specials include margaritas and sangrias for $8. Animal stock and lard are nowhere to be found in the dishes at this vegan-friendly destination. 369 Main St., Dunedin, 727-734-9226, casatinas.com.
Saturday, May 5: Estela’s
Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Cinco de Mayo Dance Party. Food and drink specials will be available all day. Enjoy the giveaways and prizes, including a free Tablet. Score Cinco de Mayo coupons via Estela’s Facebook page. Free Wi-Fi is available if you like to party with your laptop. Fiesta begins at 11 a.m., 10478 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 727-578-5380; estelas.com.
Saturday, May 5: Lime
Block off your evening for this charity Cinco de Mayo block party. Watch contestants stuff their face at the giant burrito eating contest. Food and drink specials will be available in addition to the full menu. Shake your hips along with the salsa dancers. A stilt walker and Nacho Libre will be there as well. Music will be provided by several DJs. Proceeds go to Children’s Home. Lime offers modern Mexican fare and 22 craft beers on tap. Fiesta begins at 5 p.m., 915 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-868-LIME, thelimetampa.com.
Saturday, May 5: Lodge Restaurant and Bar
516 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-251-5634, lodgetampa.com. Put on your favorite sombrero and receive a free drink at Lodge’s Cinco de Drinko. If you’d feel like a dunce in a sombrero, several drink specials will be available, whether or not you’re sporting a sombrero. Specials include $2 Jell-O shots, $3 Coronas, $4 tequila shots and $5 margarita pints. Lodge is notorious for interesting menu items, such as Eyeballs Caprese Salad and Twinkimisu. Fiesta begins at 11:30 a.m., 516 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-251-5634, lodgetampa.com.
Saturday, May 5: Moe’s Southwest Grill
On Cinco de Mayo, the first 100 customers get a free shirt. But if Moe’s is shirtless when you arrive, the $5 burrito and drink special will cheer you up. Try the Homewrecker burrito. Free chips and salsa will be served as usual. Moe’s specializes in southwestern selections made with cage-free, steroid free, grain and grass-fed poultry and meat. 2683 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, 727-536-3100; 11140 Starkey Road, Largo, 727-398-4684, moes.com.
Saturday, May 5: Qdoba Mexican Grill
On Cinco de Mayo, stuff yourself with a $5 burritos stuffed with your favorite items. Or, place a catering order (to be fulfilled through May 6) and receive coupons for free entrees. A catering order for 25 people or less will earn you coupons for two free entrees. You’ll receive coupons for four free entrees for over 25 people. 3801 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa, 813-837-0101; 5001 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-984-4650; 1013 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, 813-689-9998, qdoba.com.
Saturday, May 5: Safford House
Head to the house for week six of this cooking class series. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by cooking authentic Mexican chilaquiles (eggs with tomatillo sauce), along with refried black beans (a variation on typical refried beans made of pinto beans). Sponsored by City of Tarpon Springs. Register via phone or website. $20; 12 — 2 p.m., 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs, 727-942-5605, tarponarts.org/folklife.
Saturday, May 5: Salty Rim Grill
Raise a salty glass in honor of Cinco de Mayo (and Kentucky Derby) at this Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Sport a sombrero or derby hat and receive a free drink. Enjoy specials such as $12 Corona buckets, $3 margaritas, $2 tacos and $5 nachos. Fiesta begins at 11 a.m., 9524 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, 727-851-9955, thesaltyrim.com.
Saturday, May 5: Tampa Bay Brew Bus
All aboard for an afternoon of cruising and boozing on Tampa Bay Brew Bus. Consider this your Cinco de Mayo pre-party. $55 plus tax; 12 – 6 p.m. Will meet at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa, 813-348-6363), head to Tampa Bay Brewing Company for lunch, then to Pour House. For more information, visit facebook.com/tampabaybrewbus or tampabaybrewbus.com.
Saturday, May 5: Tijuana Flats
Walk in on Cinco de Mayo and be greeted by (male and female) staff sporting mustaches. Once you finish laughing at the petite blond with a ‘stache, take advantage of the $2 beer special, occurring all day. Balloons and face painting will add to the festivities. Receive a $20 gift card if you place a $100 catering order for May 4 or 5. These Cinco de Mayo specials are available at all Tampa Bay locations, tijuanaflats.com.
Saturday, May 5: Urban Cantina
Get the popular Cantina Fajitas with your choice of chicken, steak and/or shrimp, with your choice of beer or homemade melon beverage, for $8.99. Win prizes during the raffles and giveaways. Located in urban downtown Tampa, Urban Cantina serves authentic Mexican food and offers a Skinny Mexican menu for the health-conscious. 200 E. Madison St., Tampa, 813-221-8226, urbancantina.com.
Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6: Keel and Curley Winery
Strawberry Festival isn’t the only fruit festival in Plant City. This annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival will be “berry” fun, with wine tastings, blueberry picking on the 20-acre farm, bites from local restaurants, 50 local craft vendors and live music. A play area will be available for your tykes. Free; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday; 5202 W. Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, 813-752-9199, keelandcurleywinery.com.
Wednesday, May 2 – Tuesday, May 8: Chelsea Nightclub
Need one more reason to kick your butts to the curb? Chelsea just opened a smoke-free bar, where it’s buy one, get one on all drinks. The “be who you are bar” opens daily at 4 p.m., and has plenty of free parking. 1502 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-228-0139, chelseanightclub.com.
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