Cinco de Mayo x Kentucky Derby

Austinites take Cinco de Mayo seriously, y'all. So, the West 6th block is having some serious Cinco de Mayo meets Kentucky Derby parties. Here's what we have going on...

And May means sunshine (except this week, apparently), patios and Texas’ favorite holiday – Cinco de Mayo. Plus, this year the most exciting two minutes in sports falls on the celebration of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

Austinites take their margaritas and tacos seriously, never more so than on Cinco de Mayo. The whole town will be celebrating all things Mexican (er, or at least Tex-Mex).  Question: is a sombrero an acceptable derby hat?

Here are the Cinco meets Derby West 6th fiestas happening this weekend. Poll: is a sombrero an acceptable derby hat?

Todas Las Fiestas! 

Cinco de Derby | Star Bar

Cinco de Debry kicks off at Star Bar at 1 pm. Mariachis, margaritas, mint juleps and massive hats are in store at the original West 6th bar.

Cinco de Mayo | Dirty Bill’s

Cinco de Mayo is so essential to Texans that DB’s is opening early for fiesta shenanigans. They’ll start slinging drinks at 1 pm and will also have FREE @thesmokinrosetacojoint tacos. It’ll be packed (and you should fully expect bar-top dancing).

Cinco de Mayo Y Derby | Parlor & Yard

Mariachis take over Parlor & Yard from 2 – 7 pm and the place will be decked out with pinatas, taco specials, tequila and whiskey drink specials – naturally. DJ Mahealani will be spinning in the yard from 3 – 7 pm.

Derby De Mayo | Dogwood

The Dogwood West 6th will also be celebrating the Kentucky Derby with their annual dress-to-impress Kentucky Derby party with a Cinco twist. Expect mint juleps, margaritas and fajita plates.   

Cinco de Mayo with La Tradizion | Rustic Tap Beer Garden 

Everyone’s favorite [adult] rustic playground has a known history of throwing some awesome theme parties. Rustic Tap is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with La Tradizion. The Conjunto ban stays true to its roots with traditional accordion-driven sound while incorporating progressive elements and country and blues influences. The result is strong vocals and a signature sound that will keep you working off those margs. Expect copious margs, drink specials and todas las fiestas. 

Don’t feel like partying? Head to Ranch 616 for a civilized Tex-Mex meal (and a margarita or two). And, Little Woodrow’s will have the playoffs on all TVs and beer specials! If you need to be counter-culture about it, grab a burger at Hut’s or some pizza at Frank & Angie’s.

Elsewhere in May

May 3 | The Dirty River Boys | Rustic Tap

The Dirty River Boys are a team of four very different people coming together trying to shake things up in the Texas music scene and beyond. Catch their Texas punk-Americana at Rustic Tap on May 3.

May 4 | May the 4th | Star Bar

Arguably, the best event of the year for all Star Wars fans is Star Bar’s annual ‘May the 4th be with You’ party. Rebel Alliance or Imperial Army, dress in your finest Star Wars garb to earn a free cocktail because honor Star Wars with a proper party, we shall. Star Wars films will play indoor and outdoor TVs, and tap specials and limited edition t-shirts are all part of the fun. Bring yourself and your light saber; props if you have a Chewbacca costume.

May 8 | Drink for a Cause | Kung Fu Saloon

We don’t really need a reason to drink but it never hurts to do it for a good cause. Join Kung Fu Saloon for our their monthly Happy Hour on Tuesday, May 8th. 15% of 4-9pm drink sales will be donated to Pencils Of Promise!

May 16 | Havana Nights | Green Light Social

Green Light Social is turning two years old! They are celebrating with another one of their insanely awesome theme parties. Havana Nights is back!! Join the crew for to celebrate Cuban-style. More details to follow. 

Sundays | Summer Sundays Brunch Buffet | Dogwood

Biscuit lovers, rejoice. Dogwood has launched Summer Sundays which in actuality is a Biscuits & Champagne Brunch Buffet. Yep. Everything amazing on one Sunday buffet, plus live music. What better way to spend Sunday Funday? Brunch lasts from 11 am to 3 pm, and the music gets started at 3 pm.

Live Music | Parlor & Yard and Rustic Tap

Two live music heavyweights are buffing up their live music programming. Check out Check out live music at Parlor & Yard’s weekly living rooms sessions (Tuesdays, 9 pm), weekly country-rock crooning throughout the month at Rustic Tap.

Salud, y’all!