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Local Cinco De Mayo Celebrations Start This Weekend

Enjoy a margarita (or two) at one of these festive events in Sarasota and Bradenton.

By Allison Forsyth April 29, 2021

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Wednesday this year, but this list includes local celebrations happening all week long:

Sarasota Cinco De Mayo Festival 2021

Friday, April 30-Sunday, May 2, J.D. Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota,

Join Florida Seafood Magazine for a Mexican-American celebration at downtown's J.D. Hamel Park at the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street. Festivities will include food vendors selling meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes with Mexican flavors. Desserts and drinks will also be sold. This festival runs 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Duffy's Sports Grill

Saturday, May 1-Wednesday, May 5, 3005 University Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 777-2110,

The celebration will be in full swing at this sports bar from Saturday to Wednesday. Enjoy discounted margaritas and other drink specials. Food specials include buffalo chicken tacos, firecracker shrimp tacos, nachos and quesadillas. Call ahead for reservations or order take-out online.

1st Annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Irma's Tacos, Craft Beer and Tequila Bar

Wednesday, May 5, 1221 Mercado Drive, Venice, (941) 681-2348,

This new taco joint in Venice will host its first Cinco De Mayo event. Food, drink and tequila specials will be offered all day. Extended outdoor seating will be available. Entertainment by DJ Accardi will begin at 5 p.m. The party begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Alcapulco Neighborhood Restaurant

Wednesday, May 5, 1883 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, (941) 708-3308,

This Lakewood Ranch Mexican restaurant is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with activities for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy food and drink specials, live music and face painting and contests for the kids. Follow the event on Facebook for more details.

El Melvin Cocina Mexicana Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Wednesday, May 5, 1355 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-1618,

This lively Mexican restaurant on Main Street will offer lunch specials and live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then host a festive block party from 4 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy music with DJ Nando inside the restaurant, then take to the streets with live music and food and drink stations set out all the way to Palm Avenue. Food specials will include El Melvin's new street taco enterprise, Taqueria Azul, as well as street corn, guacamole and chips and salsa. Margaritas and beers specials offered throughout the day. Call ahead for dine-in reservations.

Reyna's Taqueria

Wednesday, May 5, 935 N. Beneva Road, Suite 701, Sarasota, (941) 260-8343,

Enjoy Cinco De Mayo with chef Gino Calleja's Mexican fare. The taco fiesta feast includes one dozen tacos, fresh guacamole, house-made salsa and chips and five churros. Choose from taco fillings like chicken tinga, carnitas, pastor or cilantro-garlic chicken. Specials costs $52. Indoor and outdoor dining available.

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