It’s time to pull out your red, white and green. This weekend is Cinco de Mayo! Whether you are looking for a family friendly activity or something for adults only, Wichita has got you covered. There are everything from FREE events to drink specials. Cinco de Mayo is officially Friday, May 5, but there will be activities throughout the weekend.
Family Friendly Cinco de Mayo Festivities
Zumba in the Square Dance party! Start your celebration with Zumba in the Square on Friday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m. (Zumba will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.) The theme for this free event is Cinco de Mayo, so feel free to wear red, white and green — the colors of the Mexican flag. Come and get your dance on! It’s sure to be a good time for the whole family. Located in Old Town Square, 2nd and Mead.
Barnes & Noble Story Time Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Bring your children to Barnes & Noble in Bradley Fair this Saturday at 11 a.m. to listen to a reading of this hilarious story about dragons who love tacos. They’ll have a related activity following the reading. This is a free event. 1920 N. Rock Road in Wichita.
Cinco de Mayo 2017 at Sedgwick County Zoo Animals, music and food oh my! There will be something for everyone at the Zoo’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Live music on the main stage, authentic Mexican food vendors, exhibitors, zoo animals and plenty of fun. It’s sure to be a “howling” good time. The regular admission price applies, but it’s free for zoo members.
Cinco de Mayo Restaurant Specials aka Drink Deals
Most Cinco de Mayo restaurant specials come in the form of drink deals – margaritas, usually, but sometimes beer. Here are the food and drink deals we’ve tracked down for Cinco de Mayo in Wichita!
Felipe’s Wichita is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, which is pretty special already, but on Cinco de Mayo, the West Central and the 119th & Maple locations will also have drink specials and a DJ beginning at 6 p.m. on May 5. The 21st and Woodlawn Felipe’s location’s Facebook page mentions tequila specials from May 2-5.
Aero Plains Brewing Cinco de Mayo Celebration Come join the fiesta at Aero Plains Brewing from 6-10 p.m. Tacos will be provided by The Hungry Heart. APB has a house margarita called the Uptown Rita and a Mexican-style El Piloto Loco Vienna Lager. (If you’re curious, that means “The Crazy Pilot.”) They are located at 117 N. Handley St.
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company Beer and Tacos Event Visit the Hopping Gnome from 6-8pm this Friday to try local beer paired with artisan street style tacos. They will be serving Grilled Achiote Chicken Tacos, Braised Amber Carnitas Tacos (using Sepia Amber beer) and Chile Relleno Tacos. My mouth is watering already. Is it Friday yet?! They are located at 1710 E. Douglas Ave. in the Douglas Design District.
Carlos O’Kelly’s Enjoy $5 Jumbo Margaritas, $1.05 Queso and $2.50 Mex Bottles all this week, May 1-5. This offer is valid with Carlos O’Kelly’s dine in orders only.
On the Border is offering a 16 oz. Cinco’Rita for $5 on Friday, May 5.
Chili’s is apparently giving customers a free cup on Cinco de Mayo, which can be filled with “select ‘ritas and draft beers” for only $5 each.
Adult Cinco de Mayo Fiestas
Grace Hill Winery Cinco de Mayo Party We wrote about this Cinco de Mayo event last week. It’s a fiesta in the courtyard and only $10 per carload. See the link above for more details!
Cinco de Mayo Wichita Furniture Party Patio with WBC This pop up beer and tequila garden will be held in the Wichita360.com parking lot, which is located across the street from INTRUST Bank Arena. There will be food trucks (Hopperoni Express and Lynn’s Curbside Cookout), music (102.1 The Bull) and comfortable seating provided by Wichita Furniture. The party is from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thunderbird Firearms Academy will be handing out free passes to their shooting range on a first come, first served basis.
Monterrey Mexican Grill Cinco de Mayo Outdoor Fiesta Monterrey Mexican Grill will be hosting their first Cinco de Mayo party this Friday, May 5 from 5-9pm. This parking lot party will feature drink specials, prizes and music. They are located at 5905 W. Kellogg Drive. Admission is FREE.
Cinco de Mayo at Playa Azul AS1 Productions is hosting a Cinco de Mayo party at Playa Azul, 111 N. Washington St. this Friday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Be prepared to dance the night away! Ladies get in FREE before 11 p.m. and there will be a Bachata dance contest, with a prize for the winner. They’ll have drink specials all night long.
As you can see, the list for Cinco de Mayo fun is long! I’m sure there will be many other establishments listing their events in the next few days. However, these are the ones I’ve found so far. Feel free to contact us if you know of any other Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Wichita.