Charleston Cinco de Mayo Guide

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How are we already more than halfway through April? Where is this year going? May is quickly approaching, and that means that Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, but most of us look at it as an excuse to eat tacos and sip margaritas.

Because May 5th falls on a Sunday, it seems as if the party is basically going on all weekend. I’ve compiled a list of some fun celebrations in the Charleston area (might’ve missed a few), and I hope it helps you decide where to celebrate!

  • The 14th Annual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival will be on May 4th from 7-11pm at the Charleston Visitors Center downtown. The festival will feature live music, authentic food, drinks, and dancing. More information and tickets ($15 apiece) can be found here.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Animal Society.
  • Taco Boy’s celebration will be on Sunday, May 5th with lots of margaritas and a live DJ on Sunday from 12-8pm.
  • Maui Tacos will be celebrating ALL weekend with a live DJ on Friday & Saturday. They’re serving up $5 32oz Mexican draft beers, $2 beef tacos, $2 cans of Tecate and $3 frozen margaritas. This is a relatively new taco joint that opened up in downtown Charleston, and I can’t wait to try them! (I’m on a huge taco kick lately).
  • Cuatro de Mayo at Container Bar in downtown Charleston on Saturday, May 4th. This event will be from 12-5pm and will feature music, margs, and food trucks. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Dee Norton child Advocacy Center.
  • Mex 1 Coastal Cantina’s Celebrations at THREE locations:
    • Cinco Block Party at their West Ashley location, Saturday, May 4th from 3-10pm. Tickets are just $15!
    • Cinco Weekend at the Sullivan’s Island & Mt Pleasant Park West locations will have live music and drink specials on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday!

Those are all the big celebrations I found for y’all, but there are so many other restaurants in town that will undoubtedly be running specials, including your local Mexican restaurant. A few other places you might wanna check out if you prefer to celebrate a little more low-key would be Sol, Tattooed Senorita, Taco Boy on Folly, and RuRu’s. If you’ve heard of any more fun events, please feel free to share them with me!

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