Cinco de Mayo is on a Saturday this year, which means partiers will have extra daylight hours during which to sip margaritas, down tacos and dance to mariachi music.
As usual, local restaurants and bars are offering drink and food specials meant to draw in the the fiesta friendly. And there will be a few big parties put on at venues and parking lots all over town.
Here's a guide to where to go:
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Cinco de Mayo at Juarez Plaza: This first-year party will close down the parking lot at Juarez Plaza, the strip center at 10th and Waco that is filled with Mexican businesses. The party, which lasts from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, will feature live music, food from Molino's, Juarez Bakery and Jungle Snack Fruit Bar, and a bar selling $3 Coronas and $4 margaritas. The party is doubling as a 5-year anniversary celebration for Molino's, which will be selling $5 piratas to mark the occasion.
Grace Hill Winery, 6310 S. Grace Hill Road: This party will start at 6 p.m. with music by Moddelmog + Hardin. Uno Mas food truck will be set up at the winery with a special Cinco De Mayo menu, and the bar will sell Grace Hill wines, Sangria and beer. Admission is $10 a carload but does not include food or drink. Bring lawn chairs but not outside food or alcohol.
Bars and restaurants
Abuelo’s, 452 S. Ridge Road and 1413 N. Waterfront Parkway: The restaurant will have drink specials all day Saturday, including $5 draft beers in souvenir plastic cups and Mexican flag margaritas for $6.95.
Augustino Brewing Company, 756 N. Tyler: Owner Augustino Iacopelli is turning 40 on Saturday, so he has double reason to celebrate. His brewery's party will include free birthday cake starting at 3 p.m., a cornhole tournament from 4:30 to 8 p.m., special Mexican menu items, a Mexican beer infusion and flavored margaritas.
The Bullpen by Club Rodeo, 222 N. Washington: Now through Sunday, this bar and restaurant is serving $2.50 Cornoa, $5 margaritas and more.
Carlos O’Kelly’s, several Wichita locations: Now through Sunday, this locally based Mexican chain is offering queso for $1.05, $5 jumbo margaritas plus $3 bottles of Mexican beer. On Saturday only, the restaurant is offering its annual El Guapo Challenge: Anyone who eats five enchiladas and one El Guapo taco in 10 minutes gets the meal for free and gets a commemorative T-shirt.
Cortez, 344 W. 29th St. North, 316-832-0640 : This restaurant will open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and will serve from the menu plus have $3 Coronas and $5 margaritas on the rocks.
Dempsey's East, 550 N. Rock Road: This new restaurant is having a "Cinco De Mayo Get Down" starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday. It'll include drink specials and pub-style tacos. There will also be live music from Dylan Guthrie and The Good Time Guys. Admission is free and the music starts around 10 p.m.
District Taqueria, 917 E. Douglas: This downtown restaurant is planning a party from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday that will include $2 al pastor tacos, $2.50 Mexican bottles, $5 margaritas and more.
Emerson Biggins, 808 E. Douglas: This restaurant will start its Cinco de Mayo fun at 11 a.m. and will offer drink specials plus a $19.99 Mexican platter.
Felipe’s, 3434 W. Central, 445 S. 119th St. West: These two Felipe’s restaurants will celebrate on Saturday with drink specials and a live DJ.
Felipe’s, 2241 N. Woodlawn, 316-652-0027: This Felipe’s is celebrating Cinco de Mayo from Friday until Sunday with $5 palomas on Friday, $5 margaritas on Saturday and $5 Bloody Marys on Sunday.
Headshots Bar & Grill, 2120 N. Woodlawn: This gaming bar and restaurant is offering half-price margaritas and nachos all day on Saturday.
Hopping Gnome, 1710 E. Douglas: The brewery will tap a special chili lime firkin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria next door will be serving special taco pizzas.
Jerseys Grill and Bar, 3213 N. Toben: This bar will celebrate on Saturday with $3 Mexican beers and margaritas and a $19.99 Mexican food platter.
Los Compadres Mexican Grill, 3827 W. 13th St.: This restaurant will celebrate Cinco de Mayo from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday with a live mariachi band, jalapeno and taco eating contests, traditional dances and a karaoke contest.
Mort's Martini Bar, 923 E. First: This Old Town hotspot is having a Cinco de Mayo party starting at noon on Saturday that will include $3.75 Mexican bottles, $5.50 margaritas and other drink specials.
On the Border, 1930 N. Rock Road, 2347 N. Maize Road: Both locations will celebrate with $5 margaritas all day.
River City Brewing Company, 150 N. Mosley: This brewery is throwing a party from 5 to midnight on Saturday, where it will be will be tapping its special tequila barrel aged lime gose. It'll also offer Mexican food specials including a flight of salsas. At 8 p.m., the group Swing Latino will perform.
Whiskey Dicks, 801 S. Seneca: This neighborhood bar's party includes $9.99 Mexican platters, $2.75 Mexican bottles and $2.75 house margaritas.