Cinco de Mayo 2021: Where to find events, food and drink specials

After last year’s hiatus, some Cinco de Mayo celebrations return this year to several restaurants and bars around the New Orleans metro area.

There are even a few events on tap to celebrate the Mexican holiday on Wednesday, May 5, including two new outdoor festivals in Jefferson Parish.

Photo courtesy: Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria

We gathered a list of restaurants offering specials and local festivities to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Check back for updates as we get them. Contact us here to let us know about any other great Cinco de Mayo offerings.

House Fest

The inaugural Cinco de Mayo House Fest aims to bring tacos and house music together for the first time in the greater New Orleans area at Lafreniere Park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The free event, organized by Metairie Mexican street food restaurant Tacos Del Cartel, will include authentic Mexican cuisine, live music, face painting, DJs, bartender stage shows and masterclasses for margaritas, tequila and mezcal. Festivities will center around the Al Copeland Meadow Concert Stage.

Organizers also say COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced at House Fest. Those safety measures include festival-goers wearing masks when they are not eating or drinking, ordering lines with six feet of distance between customers, 24 hand sanitizing stations and frequent cleaning of dining areas and restrooms.

Zócalo Fest

Old Metairie eatery Zócalo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina will host Zócalo Fest, a free outdoor Cinco de Mayo fiesta, starting at 11:30 a.m. at 2051 Metairie Road, formerly home to Vega Tapas.

The festival will feature food from Zócalo, Brasa Churrasqueria, Baru Bistro & Tapas and Basin Seafood and Spirits. Drink and food specials will be on tap including $2 tacos and margarita specials.

DJ Javi Reyes will provide music all day, and there will be live music performances by Fermín & Su Banda from 4 p.m. until closing. VIP tickets are available.

Organizers say the event will conform to all Jefferson Parish and Louisiana state COVID guidelines.

Los Jefes Grill Fifth Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival

Los Jefes Grill will host its fifth annual Cinco de Mayo Festival from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Fat City Park, located at 3720 Hessmer Avenue in Metairie.

Grammy-nominated DJ Mannie Fresh and Honey Island Swamp Band headline, with additional performances from DJ Emotion, DJ2Nyce, Otra and the La Tran-K Band.

The event features food and drinks, live music and contests at the park. Admission includes all-you-can-eat tacos for $30 per person. The cash bar will feature margaritas. VIP packages are available.


Margarita Mayhem at Vybes Nation

Vybes Nation, a multi-cultural food truck stop, arts and events venue, will host a Margarita Mayhem Cinco de Mayo celebration with Latin-inspired cuisine, DJs, drink specials and vendors. Tickets start at $10, and the event starts at 5 p.m.

Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo at El Paso Metairie

El Paso Mexican Grill in Metairie will host its 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration starting at 11 a.m.

The all-day, family-friendly celebration features tacos and burritos, along with margaritas and tequila tastings.

Music from noon until 3 p.m. will be provided by New Orleans-area DJs. Latin musicians Julio & Cesar will perform live from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. David Jesús will be featured from 6 p.m. until closing.

Organizers say the event will conform to all Jefferson Parish and Louisiana state COVID guidelines.


Casa Borrega Cinco de Mayo Concert

In addition to regular restaurant operations, Casa Borrega brings back its annual Cinco de Mayo party, socially distanced with masks required.

The Central City restaurant hosts the New Orleans Mambo Kings in concert from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20.

Cinco de Mayo at Felipe’s

Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria will take a hybrid approach for its Cinco de Mayo celebration — virtual and in-person.

All three of Felipe’s New Orleans locations will have live music. Guests can order traditional Mexican food and fresh margaritas for dine-in during the festivities or to-go for at-home celebrations.

The fiesta starts at 6 p.m. at these locations: 301 N Peters Street, 6215 S. Miro Street and 411-1 N Carrollton Avenue. Felipe’s will also stream its virtual Cinco De Mayo celebration on Facebook, featuring two hours of music performances and giveaways.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Lucy’s

Join Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta featuring free swag and drink specials starting at 11 a.m. Later in the evening, the Warehouse District restaurant will dish out 5-cent Patron margarita for five minutes on the hour, every hour, starting at 6 p.m.


Cinco de Mayo at Carretta’s Grill

All four New Orleans-area Carretta’s Grill locations will feature music, giveaways and all-day margarita specials.

Find the fiestas at the following locations: 137 Taos Street in Slidell, 2320 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, 1821 Hickory Avenue in Harahan and 70380 Highway 21 in Covington.

Las Maraca’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

On the West Bank, Las Maracas kicks off Cinco de Mayo starting at 10:30 a.m. with food and festivities in Westwego. The restaurant features specials like $5 margaritas, $2 domestic beers and $3 imported beers.

See also: Inaugural ‘House Fest’ bringing tacos and house music to Lafreniere Park on Cinco de Mayo

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