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Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Phoenix

10 ways to celebrate, including Lucha Libre wrestling matches, live mariachi music, margarita specials, and more.

Commonly mistaken for Mexican Independence Day (which is celebrated on September 16), Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday marking Mexico’s May 5, 1862 victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. It’s often referred to as Battle of Puebla Day. And get this: it’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. Here in the United States, where baile folklorico dancers parade through the streets in brightly-colored traditional dresses, and agave-drenched margaritas flow out of pitchers, the holiday has undoubtedly evolved into one big celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. From festivals to food specials, nobody does Cinco de Mayo quite like Phoenix.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival 

With a run that reaches beyond three decades, the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival is widely regarded as the Valley’s biggest, and best, Cinco de Mayo celebration. The downtown Phoenix fest brings out big crowds who come to see a lineup of baile folklorico dancers, entertainers, food vendors, musicians, artists, and masked luchadores, who meet at the center of the wrestling ring for adrenaline-raising matches. Don’t miss any of the action, or the delicious eats like birria and grilled elotes; secure your tickets online.

Arizona Diamondbacks Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 

On May 4, the Arizona Diamondbacks are putting on a pregame Cinco de Mayo Fiesta ahead of their ballpark bout with the San Diego Padres. The party includes drink samples and discounted food specials plus a Gabriel Moreno Gold Glove Bobble and a single-game ticket. Fans ages 20 and younger are not permitted. 

Mariachi Sol de Mexico at The Madison Center for the Arts 

On Cinco de Mayo, The Madison Center for the Arts is welcoming Mariachi Sol De Mexico, a lively musical ensemble led by Grammy-nominated frontman José Hernández, to its Phoenix venue. The group of performers play to the crowd and encourage everyone to sing along from their seats, which makes the live music show a truly immersive, and memorable, experience.

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Cinco de Blanco at Blanco Cocina + Cantina  

Downtown Phoenix’s Blanco Cocina + Cantina is marking the occasion with fuego tunes, tequila flights, and signature eats, which includes Tiger Shrimp Fajitas, Pork Chile Verde Burritos, and Grilled Avocado Tacos, to name a few. Plus, from May 2-5, Blanco is upgrading all margaritas, like the Jalapeno and Pineapple marg featuring habanero bitters or the Mango Stand marg made with spiced mango and chamoy, with Gran Centenario Tequila, a small batch spirit from the Jalisco, Mexico highlands.

Cinco de Mayo at Skateland 

Mesa’s Skateland is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a family-friendly fest complete with music from latin artists, face painting, a bounce house, and roller skating, of course. The day-to-night event will also feature specials, including a $5 nacho and drink combo. And, one lucky skater will take home a pinata full of candy if they win Skateland’s Cinco de Mayo prize raffle.

Cinco de Swim at Skysill Rooftop Lounge 

Take your Cinco de Mayo celebration to new heights at Cinco de Swim at Skysill Rooftop Lounge. The downtown Tempe rooftop pool party is popping-off at noon with margarita specials and live music from Skysill’s house DJ. Tickets are required for entry; find them here

Cinco de Mayo at Pedal Haus Brewery 

This Sunday, Cinco de Mayo revelers can fuel up on Loaded Nachos, Smashed Guacamole, and Green Chili Pork Tacos at any Pedal Haus Brewery location. In addition to Pedal Haus’ specialty brews, like the Beach Cruiser Mexican Lager, the award-winning brewery will also be pouring its new Mexican Lime Lager for the occasion. And, check out the drink specials on Pedal Haus’ frosty Micheladas and Haus Margaritas while you work on your salsa moves in the beer garden.

Cinco de Maya at Maya Dayclub 

Los Angeles-based EDM duo Slander is taking over Scottsdale’s Maya Dayclub for Cinco de Maya. Pack your swimsuit and your sunnies, the sun-kissed poolside DJ set starts at noon. Get your tickets for the event here

Banda Machos at Gila River Resort & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass 

The popular group Banda Machos will bring their signature banda rhythm sound to Wild Horse Pass Showroom. Concert-goers can expect a high-energy show complete with hooky grooves and a setlist that spans cumbia, banda, and ranchera genres.  

Party at The Park: Cinco de Mayo Weekend at O.H.S.O Brewery Gilbert 

Gilbert’s O.H.S.O. Brewery is going all out – not just for Cinco de Mayo, but for the entire weekend. Make plans to meet at The Park, which is basically a giant adult playground complete with its own arcade and outdoor yard games. They’ll have live music, specials from the open-air kitchen’s grill, and a lineup of tequilas, Mexican lagers, and margaritas – all for $5.

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These are the coolest private member clubs in DFW

We’re not talking about your grandfather's country club.

Private member clubs have long been sanctuaries for those seeking a haven of sophistication, camaraderie, and impeccable service. While this is still true today, there’s a new crop of private clubs popping up around Dallas. These aren’t the traditional country clubs of your grandfather’s time; they’re vibrant hubs of social and professional networking, culinary excellence, and wellness amenities. DFW’s private member clubs continue to shape the social fabric of our city, uniting people in pursuit of connection and common interests. Here are some of our favorites.

Le Sol

Experience the ultimate in holistic well-being with Le Sol, a premier hospitality company and member community in Dallas. The Le Sol experience provides exclusive access to their two member houses, along with their extensive range of amenities, every week during open hours. Relax by the pool and meditate in the bamboo forest at Le Sol Chateau. Work remotely from Le Sol House across the street, or take one of their weekly wellness classes. Members get access to a wide variety of social events, first dibs on Le Sol Travel’s luxury travel experiences, and a built-in community of interesting, creative people.

Cowboys Club

Nestled within The Star in Frisco, where the Dallas Cowboys train and work almost every day of the year, the Cowboys Club offers an unparalleled atmosphere for members to socialize, collaborate, unwind, and entertain. Immerse yourself in the passion for Dallas Cowboys football as you enjoy exclusive access to the inner workings of the organization, including daily operations, training camps, and team practices. Cowboys Club boasts an environment that is not only inviting to members but also to Cowboys players, coaches, and executives. Experience a first-of-its-kind social club where every moment is infused with the spirit of America’s Team.

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Dallas Petroleum Club

Situated in the bustling heart of Dallas, the Dallas Petroleum Club reigns supreme as an icon of elite distinction, recognized globally as a Distinguished Elite Club of the World. Established in 1934 as a sanctuary for oil moguls, this club has evolved into a much more diverse hub for successful men and women looking to broaden their connections in the business world. Elegant furnishings and fine art serve as a backdrop to excellent dining, lively social events, and seemingly endless networking opportunities.

The Crescent Club

Located on the 17th floor of the prestigious Crescent Complex, the Crescent Club offers breathtaking views of the downtown Dallas skyline. This space seamlessly blends Texas heritage with southern hospitality, providing members with a luxurious haven of fine dining and relaxation. Enjoy culinary delights in the main dining room or unwind in the 22,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. Either way, Crescent Club members are treated to an unparalleled experience that exudes opulence and charm.

Park City Club

Park City Club is located in the lively University Park and Highland Park neighborhoods, and it’s a perfect example of superior service, welcoming hospitality, and a strategic position in the busy business district of Preston Center. The club caters to a diverse group of community leaders, business executives, and socialites, and it’s the ideal place for anyone looking for an exceptional club experience. Members have access to fabulous wine dinners, themed parties, guest speakers, and group travel events, among many other offerings. With its exquisite dining options, exclusive social events, and top-notch recreational facilities, it’s no wonder Park City Club shines as a beacon of hospitality in the heart of DFW.

Tei-An

Renowned for its freshly crafted soba noodle dishes, Tei-An is the brainchild of Chef Teiichi Sakurai. From his masterful omakase creations to the rich culinary heritage evident in every dish, Tei-An promises an authentic Japanese dining experience unlike any other. As one of the best members only clubs in Dallas, choose to join and you’ll be granted access to an array of privileges, including private bar seating, intimate gatherings in the secluded dining room, and the serene ambiance of the rooftop lounge. But the perks extend beyond mere exclusivity; members enjoy priority reservations, designated parking, and access to bespoke events.

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Easy weekend getaways from Atlanta

From charming Highlands, NC, to picture-perfect Highway 30A, here's a list of our favorite spots within a few-hour drive of ATL.

While there’s no place like home, sometimes you just need a weekend away to recharge and reset. We’ve rounded up our favorite easy escapes from Atlanta that you can easily get to with plenty of time to relax and still return on Sunday ready to hit the week running. From the beach to the mountains, we’ve got your mini vacay covered. 

Family-Friendly Fun in Chattanooga, TN

2 hours from ATL

If you’re in need of a weekend away with the kids, look no further than the vibrant city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. With an easy 2-hour drive from Atlanta, Chattanooga is a destination that you can easily explore in only a weekend. For lodging, there are plenty of all-suite hotel options that will allow the family to spread out, like the SpringHill Suites with a location right on the Tennessee River. 

Activities for all ages are endless here. Choose from popular attractions like Rock City, Ruby Falls, Coolidge Park, or the Incline Railway for an outdoor adventure. If the weather moves you indoors, leave the car at the hotel and hop on the free downtown shuttle for easy access to the Creative Discovery Museum and The Tennessee Aquarium; both are distinctly different enough from similar attractions in Atlanta to be well worth a visit. If you have older kids in tow, High Point Climbing and Fitness has over 28,000 feet of indoor climbing fun. And we hope you packed your appetites because Chattanooga is filled with delicious and family-friendly options like Taco Mamacita, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Slicks, and Ooltewah Whistle Stop. Request a late checkout, enjoy your Sunday, and still be home by dinner. We call that a weekend win.

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Girls Getaway in 30A, FL

5.5 hours from ATL

Known for its sugar sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the beautiful beaches of 30A, located approximately 300 miles south of Atlanta, are hard to beat, which is why so many families flock here for Spring Break. Instead, we’re here to suggest a pro tip…grab your girlfriends and pack your things for a girls-only weekend after the crowds die down. We love late April/early May for its temperate weather and minimal crowds making everything from beach access to dinner reservations much easier to snag. 

The small communities that dot this stretch of the Panhandle all have a slightly different vibe but we love Rosemary Beach, Seacrest, Alys Beach, and Seaside for their walkability, amenities, and beautiful architecture. Spend the morning on a group jog past the stunning homes in Alys Beach, grab coffee at Amavida in Rosemary, then hit the beach. Come cocktail hour, order a charcuterie spread from Gathering Boards 30A before heading out for dinner at George’s (Alys), Great Southern (Seaside), or Old Florida Fish House (Seagrove). For post-dinner fun, don’t sleep on Redd’s Pub (Blue Mountain Beach), a classic dive bar featuring a singing bartender, or grab a stool and enjoy the popular Red Bar Jazz band (Grayton Beach) entertaining crowds every Tuesday through Saturday til 9 pm. Head home Sunday with your skin sun-kissed and your mood lifted!

Couples Retreat in Highlands, NC

2.5 hours from ATL

If you and your boo could use a little together time, we think the romantic town of Highlands, North Carolina, located just a few hours northeast of Atlanta, is the perfect place. Book a room at the iconic Old Edwards Inn or find a cozy rental that keeps you close to the charming downtown. If hiking is your thing, you’re in luck. There are dozens of easily accessible trails from strenuous to beginner and several that will treat you to beautiful waterfall views, like Bridal Veil Falls, Glen Falls, or Dry Falls. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also an easy drive north of town and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Stop by Mountain Fresh Grocery for picnic supplies and make a day of it. 

Back in town, visit the Chamber of Commerce’s website to find out about events and happenings on the town square. There is always something going on and many times events are free and open to the public. Stroll the quaint downtown and browse art galleries, boutiques, and antique stores but be sure to make your way to Sunset Rock in time to catch the sky transform from day to dusk. Cap it off with dinner at one of the many delicious and romantic restaurants. We recommend Oak Steakhouse, Lakeside Restaurant, or Madison’s (reservations are strongly suggested at all three). We dare you not to be charmed by this magical mountain town.

Lake Escape in Lake Oconee, GA

1.5 hours from ATL

Luckily for Atlantans, getting on the water doesn’t have to mean taking a vacation day just to get to your destination. Atlanta is surrounded by beautiful lakes that are a quick and easy drive to get to, perfect for a weekend getaway. One of our favorites is Lake Oconee, located just ninety minutes east of downtown. Spanning over 19,000 acres, we love that Lake Oconee is a Georgia Power lake, which means that the water level is boatable year-round. Lodging is plentiful here, too. Whether you opt to stay at the well-known Ritz Carlton Reynolds Resort, a private vacation home rental, or a campground, there is something for everyone’s taste and budget. 

Once you’re on the lake, it’s all about relaxing into ‘lake life’. Rent a boat from one of the several local outfitters so you can enjoy fishing and water sports, or just find a dock to sit on and escape the busyness of city living. Lake Oconee is also home to several world-class golf courses, with the Harbor Club being open to the public and others available to guests staying at Reynolds (check when booking). If you opt to leave the lake, you could easily spend an afternoon strolling around historic Greensboro, where you won’t want to miss tasting the locally made beers at Oconee Brewing Company before winding down in front of a lakefront firepit staring at the stars (yes you can see them here!). 

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