Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride marking the day on May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops beat the French during the famous Battle of Puebla, defending their independence.
The holiday is celebrated regionally in Mexico and throughout the United States, including Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking for food and drink specials, entertainment or other special events, Vegas has a way for everyone to party on Cinco de Mayo.
Shows and special events
Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican singer Aida Cuevas will perform in the Tropicana Theater May 4 at 7 p.m. The “Queen of Ranchera Music,” who has recorded 35 records and has sold more than 7 million copies, will perform songs from her new album, “Totalmente Juan Gabriel,” such as “Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez,” “Ya Lo Sé Que Tú Te Vas” and “Abrázame Muy Fuerte.” Tickets start at $45.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will defend his WBC welterweight title against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden on May 4. Mayweather is a five-division world champion, who has won eight world titles and the Lineal championship in three different weight classes. Guerrero is the current interim WBC welterweight champion. He is also a former IBF Super Featherweight world champion, a former interim WBA and WBO lightweight champion and a former two-time IBF featherweight champion. Tickets start at $200.
Smash Magazine and Miller Lite present ¡Viva Ska Vegas! – highlighting some of the biggest bands in ska during a day-long music festival. ¡Viva Ska Vegas! takes over the Henderson Events Plaza (200 S. Water St.) on Saturday, May 4 beginning at noon. ¡Viva Ska Vegas! will feature bands including, Reel Big Fish, Chinkees, Let’s Go Bowling, Suburban Legends, The Skeletones, Be Like Max, CodeName: Rocky, Potato Pirates and The Maxies.
Comedian and actor Carlos Mencia will bring his humorous insights on race, culture and social class to Treasure Island May 3. Tickets start at $53.90 and show time is 9 p.m.
Legendary musician Carlos Santana performs his Greatest Hits Live show at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay May 3 – 5. Tickets are priced from $109.50.
Actor and comedian Tim Allen brings his stand-up routine to the Venetian May 3 – 4. Tickets are $85.75 and up.
Crooner Tony Bennett performs his classic songs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace May 3. Tickets start at $79.50.
Rapper T-Pain hosts House of Pain at Haze nightclub at Aria May 4.
Hyde Bellagio nightclub hosts Neon Fiesta on May 5. Doors open at 5 p.m. Enjoy sounds by Julien Nolan, Zen Freeman, D4NI3L and Julian Ingrosso, as well as frosty margaritas and tequila shots.
Marquee nightclub at The Cosmopolitan presents Summer Lovin’ with Kaskade on May 4. Marquee Dayclub features Armin Van Buuren on May 4.
XS nightclub at Encore features Steve Angello on May 3, Avicii on May 4, Redfoo on May 5 and Lil Jon on May 6.
Jermaine Dupri hosts at Tryst nightclub at Wynn on May 4.
Catch Steve Angello at Encore Beach Club May 4 and Avicii May 5.
The new Hakkasan nightclub at MGM Grand presents Tiësto May 3 and 5, as well as Calvin Harris May 4.
Sapphire Pool & Day Club holds its grand opening festivities over Cinco de Mayo weekend. On Friday May 3, Playboy Playmate Colleen Shannon, voted “The World’s Sexiest DJ,” will spin poolside following an opening set by International Playboy Playmate DJ Amie Rose. “Baywatch” babes Brande Roderick and Angelica Bridges will host with former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Amber Smith. The party continues May 4 as Pamela Anderson hosts the day’s events with Adrian Grenier, star of the hit HBO series “Entourage” and Coco, headliner of “PeepShow.” On Sunday May 5, Dennis Rodman hosts with DJ Vic Latino and DJ George Acosta.
On Saturday May 4th, Bagatelle Beach will debut the “Bagatelle Brunch” experience, transported from the Bagatelle locations in New York, Los Angeles and St. Barth’s, with live performances from Skylar Grey, whose hits include “Love the Way You Lie,” with guest vocals on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor;” Diddy’s “Coming Home” and Kaskade’s “Room for Happiness.” Following Skylar’s performance, musical sounds by DJ Shift and DJ Stretch will continue to keep Bagatelle Beach guests entertained. On Sunday, May 5th, Bagatelle Beach will transform into a Cinco de Mayo beachside fiesta as Grammy-nominated and multiplatinum selling Latino hip hop rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill takes the stage alongside DJs Freddy B & Jace One. Also contributing to the day’s festivities will be the “Beaches Be Crazy” event presented by Las Vegas Weekly, with shore side shenanigans including a Herradura Tequila-sponsored bar.
Food and drink specials
Rockhouse, located at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, will hold a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Specials include $5 Dos Equis bottles, $5 Sauza Hornitos Lime shots and $7 margaritas, available all day. Patrons can also enjoy all-day open bar access, priced at $50, or two-for-one domestic drafts and well cocktails during happy hour, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On May 4, Cantina Laredo at Tivoli Village will feature live bands from 6 – 9 p.m. and DJs from 9 p.m. – midnight. Partygoers are invited to partake in cigar rolling, raffles, and taking a swing at piñatas. Cantina Laredo will serve pitchers of their Cinco Ritas (a blend of five spirits with fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice). On May 5, the restaurant will offer music, pony rides, balloon artists, piñatas and games. Cantina Laredo will also feature a variety of food and drink specials.
Public House Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with drink specials including $5 Dos Equis, Corona, Micheladas, Patrón shots and margaritas on the rocks. They also will offer $10 Loaded Coronas, a Corona combined with a shot of Jose Cuervo tequila.
Dos Caminos, located at 10820 W. Charleston Blvd., celebrates Cinco de Mayo beginning May 3 with DJ entertainment and food and drink specials. On Sunday, May 5 there will be an outdoor street food fair under a 4,000-square-foot tent in the parking lot. Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, the restaurant will serve up tacos, grilled corn, mango on a stick, ice cream and more, along with agua fresca, tubs of beer and margaritas, all available for purchase. Mariachis will entertain throughout the day on Sunday, which will also feature guacamole and cocktail making demonstrations.
Hussong’s Cantina & Taqueria at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a lineup of drink and food specials like $4 pints of Pacifico and Modelo Especial, $5 shots of Cazadores tequila or $20 chalices of Cazadores Margaritas and $20 buckets of Corona and Corona Light. In honor of the holiday, The restaurant’s Rock ’n’ Roll Mariachi band gets the room moving with song requests and mash-ups of classic rock hits and Latin serenades.
The tequila will pour at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino during a weekend-long “Tres, Cuatro, Cinco: Let’s Drinko!” Cinco de Mayo bash Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. Beginning Friday at noon, there will be live music on the Strip-side patio. Revelers can indulge in daily and hourly drink and shot specials like $5 daiquiris and fireball shots at the daiquiri bar.
Partygoers will enjoy food and drink specials at PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Sunday, May 5. The Strip-side destination will offer street tacos, priced at $5 all day. Revelers will also enjoy $18 Bud Light Lime and Lime-a-Rita buckets.
Senor Frog’s Las Vegas at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino will host a fiesta weekend for Cuatro and Cinco de Mayo with drink specials and entertainment all day on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. The celebration will kick off with a Cuatro de Mayo pre-game party where guests will enjoy Señor Frog’s signature Latin Night filled with dancing and drinking in preparation for the holiday. The Cinco de Mayo celebration will begin early with drink specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including $3 house tequila shots and two-for-one signature margarita yards. Groups will enjoy the Social Margarita Bucket with more than 60-ounces of margarita equipped with straws for four to five people, priced at $45. A specialty Mexican buffet, priced at $30 per person will also be available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The buffet will include Mexican rice, rolled pork carnitas, crispy chicken tacos, refried beans, pozole, chicken mole, beef fajitas, quesadillas, fish ceviche and sopecitos. The Cinco de Mayo bash will continue into the night and will require a cover charge of $20 for men and $10 for women starting at 10 p.m. Revelers will party the night away with karaoke, live music, conga lines and a DJ.
The Fat Bar at Fatburger on the Strip will celebrate Cinco de Mayo Friday thru Sunday with DJs, $5 margaritas, 2-for-1 Pacificos and a bucket of five Coronas for $17.
Rice & Company at the Luxor will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a spicy sushi roll and cocktail pairing for $25. Fiesta goers can kick-start the holiday with the Fire Breathing Dragon Roll, made with shrimp tempura, fresh habañero, ghost chile pepper sauce, crab meat, Pop Rocks and micro cilantro, accompanied by hot sauces for dipping. Guests can wash down the fiery roll with the Mexican Samurai cocktail, a sweet and spicy blend of TY KU Soju, apple syrup, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar and a muddled jalapeño.
Tacos & Tequila at Luxor will offer Cinco de Mayo specials May 3 – 5. Enjoy the Jabbarita, named and created in honor of the new Jabbawockeez show coming to Luxor, priced at $8. Extreme tacos including Bouche Tacos, Cesos Tacos and Lengua Tacos will be offered at $3 a la carte. $8 Micheladas, Palomas and El Jimador Margaritas as well as a $5 menu featuring guacamole, habañero chicken wings, flautas, fiesta nachos, chicken quesadillas, Dos Equis, El Jimador shots and sangria will be available over the weekend. T&T’s signature Mariachi Brunch including two-for-one El Jimador Margaritas and Bloody Marias will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be $5 Dos Equis and Dos Equis giveaways from 1 to 3 p.m. and $5 El Jimador shots and $8 El Jimador margaritas with giveaways from El Jimador from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 4. The Jabbawockeez will host on Cinco de Mayo and two contests will take place – a dance contest, judged by the Jabbawockeez with a $500 prize and a photo booth contest, with $250 in prizes.
Border Grill celebrates Cinco de Mayo with specials May 3 – 5. Enjoy $5 Blanco margaritas, $8 Patron margaritas, $10 margarita and Corona specials and $29 buckets of five Coronas with a 200 ml bottle of Patron Silver.