Predominantly celebrated in the United States with tequila and Mexican beers, Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. While this wasn’t a major strategic win for Mexico in its overall war against France, it is commemorated as a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

Centro Cocina Mexicana
2730 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-2552

Not only does Centro Cocina have a wide selection of tequila, but it also has an annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta that is heralded as one of the best in Sacramento. The fiestas typically last three days and include drink specials, an outdoor bar, a bartender competition and a tequila and beer social. If you are in the mood for tequila flights, happy hour pricing and a fun atmosphere, then stop by during one of the days of festivities.

1182 Roseville Parkway
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 788-0303

Zocalo has a big Cinco de Mayo party at both of its Sacramento and Roseville locations every year. The best thing about Zocalo’s celebration is that it coincides with the Tequila Festival, which includes appetizers, tequila tastings and a cigar bar. If you are looking for a party that travels from restaurants to the streets of Roseville, then prepare yourself for the event of the year.

Tequila Museo Mayahuel
1200 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-7200

Tequila Museo Mayahuel is perfect for those who not only want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but want to do so while in a beer garden sampling top quality tequila. With live music, including a mariachi band, and nightly activities, Mayahuel offers a week-long festival for maximum celebration.

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Ernesto’s Mexican Food
1901 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-5850

Ernesto’s always offers a Cinco de Mayo full of action, entertainment and live music. While it doesn’t always throw a huge fiesta, even its mellow Cinco de Mayo weekends showcase great food, strong drinks and rich heritage. If you are looking for a low-key but fun way to spend your holiday, head to Ernesto’s.

De Vere’s Irish Pub
1521 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 231-9947

It may be an Irish Pub, but stick with us on this. De Vere’s has a yearly celebration called “O’Drinko de Mayo” with $2 drink and taco specials for those who want to celebrate without being completely overwhelmed by people. This spot throws a mean party, has an incredibly friendly staff and will be one of the only places not heavily pushing tequila.

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