Cinco de Mayo in St. Petersburg 2017

Cinco de Mayo in St. Petersburg 2017

What to do for Cinco de Mayo in St. Petersburg, FL

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and so are the accompanying parties and celebrations. I like to think of Cinco de Mayo as the “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day”—most people have no clue what it is really about except a good excuse to day drink. Cinco de Mayo—literally the 5th of May—celebrates ….

“the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.” – Wikipedia

If you read further into the Wikipedia article, you’ll find that we make a much bigger deal of Cinco de Mayo here in the U.S., than they do in Mexico, and that the celebration here is more of a general observance of Mexican heritage—especially the tequila and cuisine!

This year in St. Pete, we have three reasons to party: 1. It’s Friday. 2. It’s First Friday. 3. It’s Cinco de Mayo. So, have fun, and watch out for the amateurs!

Here’s what’s happening around Downtown St. Pete this year.

1. Red Mesa Cantina

There is a week long celebration at Red Mesa Cantina starting on Monday (today).


Friday, May 5, “Cinco” is an all-day party with the alley closed to traffic, tents set up, musica, cervezas, margaritas and mucho tequila! Plus, cool freebees throughout the day and night! Our Tequila Brand Sponsors will be here throughout the day with cool samples, swag and more!

Mighty Mongo Band will rock Cinco all night!

With so many cool things to give away, we’re starting early! We’ll put up a One-Day Comment Contest every night from Sunday through Friday! When you see our post, add a comment and you’re entered to win the Daily Prize! Each comment every day also enters you in the Grand Prize Drawing on Cinco De Mayo!

So, comment every day and you might win one of the Daily Prizes, AND, you’re entered into the Grand Prize Drawing! Each day’s winner announced the following day!

(21+ with ID, No Cover, No Charge – Pure Party!)

Facebook Event Page

Red Mesa Cantina
128 3rd St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-8226

2. Nueva Cantina

$20 per person entry, all you can eat, inside and outside event. The front parking lot will be fenced in with several attractions including 4 liquor tents, 2 beer tents, a photo booth, body painting, and games.

You can pre-order tickets to the event, which will enter you in a raffle to win prizes. Prizes and giveaways will include t-shirts, 2 season tickets to Lightening games, 2 corona beach chairs, coolers, and more. You do not have to be present to win but will be contacted via e-mail.

Hours: noon to midnight with 3 of Saint Pete’s hottest Dj’s playing the entire time on the patio. Valet parking will be provided. We encourage Uber and Lyft.


Chips and salsa
Chips and queso
Mexican rice
Black beans refried beans
Roasted corn
Pig on a spit
Chicken Fajitas,
chicken enchilada
Tortillas corn and flour
Salsas Verde,Rojas,Chile de árbol, Habanero mango
Pico de gallo, Salsa rojas, ranchero
Lettuce,tomatoes,onion, mexican cheese blend, cilantro,
Jalapenos, guacamole
Churros sopapillas

Nueva Cantina
1625 4th St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 851-9579

3. The Avenue · Proper Kitchen · Park & Rec

The Hunger + Thirst Group owns most of the block on 1st Ave South between 3rd & 4th Street South with The Avenue Eat + Drink (amazing burgers), Proper Kitchen & Cocktails (killer barbecue), and Park & Rec (drinks and games)–so why not have a block party!

Check out one or all three of the places, and make sure you don’t miss Micro Championship Wrestling! “The Greatest Little Show on Earth”!

Facebook Event Page

The Avenue Eat + Drink
330 1st Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 851-9531

Proper Kitchen & Cocktails
344 1st Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 494-0700

Park & Rec
100 4th St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 245-9100

4. The Galley

Fish, Steak, & Shrimp Tacos on Taco Tuesday at The Galley

At The Galley they will have Mexican food all day, along with live music. Specials include $4 Coronas & Corona Lights, or $15 for buckets. $7 Coronitas and $5 Margaritas. We can’t wait to see what kind of Mexican food that the muy talentoso Chef Ian cooks up!

The Galley
27 4th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 575-7071

5. Locale Market


Authentic-Mexican Inspired Cuisine, Live Mariachi Garibaldi, 5 Food Stations – $19.99

6:00 pm & 7:30 pm


Fast & Fresh
Local hand-made Empanada seasoned ground pork, Queso Oaxaca w/Aji Amarillo

Surf & Turf
Taco Al Pastor – Rotisseerie pork shoulder, pickled red onions, salsa roja

Zen Belly
Fresh Gulf-Caught Ceviche, Smashed avocado, chipotle, crispy chili-lime tortilla

Sun & Moon Salutations
Huajillo chile & Queso Fresco Enchilada Mole, spring onion, cabbage slaw, fresh Florida lime

The Grill
All-natural Chicken Torta w.yucca fries, Locale bakery bread, Oaxacan mole, queso cotija, cilantro

Optional Beverage Tasting – $9.99

Lolea Red Sangria
Lolea White Sangria

Modelo Especial

Barely Mow Calliope
Barely Mow Americana

Big Storm Tropic Pressure Ale
Big Storm “PalmBender” IPA

Alvarez de Toledo Mencia

Flechas de los Andes Malbec


¡Fiesta Buena!

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Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and so are the accompanying parties and celebrations. I like to think of Cinco de Mayo as the "Mexican St. Patrick's Day"—most people have no clue what it is really about except a good excuse to day drink. Cinco de Mayo—literally the 5th of May—celebrates ....

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