Mexico food, Ballet folklorico, and mariachi music will be part of Avondale’s annual Cinco de Mayo-inspired street festival. The free event takes place along Western Avenue in Historic Avondale, 495 E. Western Avenue. There will be Mexican food for sale, a beer garden, and a hot pepper-eating contest. The event from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. More information.
Cinco on Central with Lil Jon
Second Avenue in downtown Phoenix will shut down for the second “Cinco on Central” block party, May 5. Rapper Lil Jon will headline the 21-and-up event. There will be margaritas and food, live music, DJs, dancers, larger beer pong, and a hot chili pepper-eating contest. The event starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes five drinks, a private hospitality area, snacks, and bathrooms. More information.
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival: War and Tierra
The Valley’s largest Cinco de Mayo Festival returns May 5 to downtown Phoenix. War and Tierra are this year’s headliners. The annual event will have Lucha Libre, baile folklorico, live music, and food. USA Today named it one of the top ten festivals in the country. The gates open at noon. General admission is $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after. VIP is $35 and includes stage access, private bathrooms, and a raised platform viewing area. Exclusive Lounge tickets are $75 and include two drinks, free food, private bar, and private restrooms. Kids 10 and younger are free with paid adult admission. More information.