Cinco de Mayo events, specials around Springfield this weekend

If you want to eat some tacos or enjoy a margarita this weekend, mark your calendars because Saturday is Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo, meaning “Fifth of May,” is held annually on May 5 and marks Mexico’s victory during the French-Mexican War in 1862. A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo represents Mexico’s Independence Day, which is not the is the case. Mexico became independent from Spanish rule on September 16, 1810. Cinco de Mayo was still more than fifty years away.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Puebla, the city where the battle took place on May 5, 1862, but the rest of Mexico largely does not celebrate the holiday. But in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become quite a spectacle.

Cinco de Mayo gained widespread attention in the United States during the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This social and political movement sought to embrace Chicano identity, combat systemic racism, and increase cultural harmony.

For people interested in celebrating Cinco de Mayo around Springfield, the News-Leader has compiled a list of more than 10 events and business specials they can take advantage of this weekend. This list is not complete. If you’re curious about whether or not your favorite restaurant or business is hosting a Cinco de Mayo event or specials, contact them in advance.

Members only, The Dirty Saints and Jonkvrouw at Abou Ben Adhem Shrine

When: Friday, May 3 from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: Abou Ben Adhem Shrine at 601 E. St. Louis St.

For the second year, Abou Ben Adhem Shrine will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration, featuring live music from Members Only, The Dirty Saints and Damsel. Burritos, tacos and margaritas will be available for purchase during the concert. Tickets are available on the Shrine website for $26.


When: May 3-5

Where: Horns at 2010 E. Independence St.

Springfield’s Hooters is celebrating Cinco de Mayo all weekend long. The restaurant serves $5 Dos Equis Big Daddy Drafts and Legendary ‘Ritas every day. People who join HootClub Rewards will also receive a $5 appetizer.

Catrinas | Modern Mexican

When: Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m

Where: Catrinas | Modern Mexican at 2925 E. Battlefield Road Suite 105

Catrinas | Modern Mexican restaurant hosts a day of deals and festivities for Cinco de Mayo. A Paloma station will be available all day, tequila tastings will be available at 6 p.m. and a new handcrafted mango margarita will appear on the menu. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter a $20 raffle for a Premier Tequila collection. Reservations are not necessary.

The grand opening of El Escondite

When: Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m

Where: El Escondite at 2528-A S. Campbell Ave.

Springfield’s new Mexican eatery, El Escondite, is hosting its grand opening on Cinco de Mayo. The family-friendly spot serves a variety of drinks, Mexican snacks and offers interactive games. El Escondite is owned by Shanie and Cristian Valdez, owners of El Cafecito on Campbell Avenue.

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Three Moons in Buffalo

When: Saturday, May 4 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Three Moons at 64 Potters Road in Buffalo

Three Moons, a vineyard and tasting room in Buffalo, is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Juan’s Street Tacos will be on site this afternoon.

Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Springfield Art Museum

When: Saturday, May 4 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Springfield Art Museum at 1111. E. Brookside Drive

The Springfield Art Museum and Grupo Latinoamericano will host a Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, featuring Mexican folklore dancing, live music, cultural exhibits, handmade merchandise and food trucks. The event is free to attend.

New Life Church

When: Sunday May 5 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: New Life Church at 776 W. Farm Road 186

For Cinco de Mayo, New Life Church is serving free tacos to everyone.

Carrie’s Bar

When: Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m

Where: Carrie’s Bar at 1906 E. Meadowmere St.

Carrie’s Bar is celebrating Cinco de Mayo big and early, with an $8 margarita bar starting at 10 a.m. There will also be a taco food truck on site starting at 12 p.m.

OXO Bar & Grill

When: Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m

Where: OXO at 2550 S. Campbell Ave. Suite 800

OXO Bar & Grill’s Cinco de Mayo festivities include bottomless mimosas and Micheladas, along with specialty tequila shots. DJ Rainer Chalas and DJ Big O provide live entertainment from 8 p.m. Coverage is $10 after 8:00 PM

14 Mill Market in Nixa

When: Sunday May 5 afternoon

Where: 14 Mill Market at 203 E. Mt. Vernon St. in Nixa

14 Mill Market in Nixa is offering $5 margaritas and $5 Palomas for Cinco de Mayo. Not’cho Ordinary Tacos also offers specials.

Church of the Harvest’s Youth Street Taco Fundraiser in Bolivar

When: Sunday, May 5, 12:15 p.m

Where: Church of the Harvest at 4797 S. 135th St. in Bolivar

Bolivar’s Church of the Harvest is hosting a Youth Street Taco Fundraiser, which will help members of the church’s youth group go to camp. Taco and drink combos are available for $15.

Village Meeple Board Game Cafe

When: Sunday May 5 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Village Meeple Board Game Cafe at 1570 E. Battlefield Road Suite F

Village Meeple Board Game Cafe, Moon City Con and 417Gamers are teaming up to host an afternoon dedicated to two-player games. People are encouraged to come alone or with a partner. Entry is €5 and reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online.

417 Tap House

When: Sunday, May 5, 5:00 PM

Where: 417 Taphouse at 312 E. Pershing St.

For Cinco de Mayo, 417 Taphouse is offering a taco bar, $3 margaritas and other drink specials.

Hy-Vee’s kids in the kitchen

When: Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m

Where: Hy-Vee at 1720 W. Battlefield Road

Hy-Vee will celebrate Cinco de Mayo a week later with the Kids in the Kitchen series. Dietitian Audry will provide a family-friendly cooking class, teaching participants how to make four different recipes. Tickets are available through Eventbrite for $10.

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