5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Marin
In search of tasty tequila and mouthwatering Mexican fare? Here are our picks for where to spend Cinco de Mayo.
What’s not to love about the number five? Five gold rings, The Jackson Five, five little monkeys jumping on the bed — and of course the fifth day of May, known as Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. We’ll take any excuse to indulge, and it’s even better when the day falls smack dab in the middle of a weekend. Here are five ways to fiesta on Cinco de Mayo this year.
Head to the “Beach”
Every Cinco de Mayo, The Cantina in Mill Valley trucks in 25 tons of sand to transform its outdoor space into a beach-themed area perfect for a mucho grande party. Along with plenty of food, drinks and a deejay, there are multiple bounce houses and a designated sand play area for the kids. No reservations.
May 4-6, hours vary
Make Your Own Tortillas
The Marin Country Mart in Larkspur is hosting its first ever Cinco de Mayo party, with a tortilla making station for kids, a paper flower making booth at Poppy and ongoing screenings of the movie Coco. There’s also a piñata for the pint-sized, stick-wielding guests. Several restaurants in the Mart are offering food and drink specials including Mexican-inspired craft cocktails at Farmshop, a taco bar at the farmer’s market hosted by El Huarache Loco and scoops of Mexican chocolate ice cream at Three Twins.
May 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Copita, the charming Mexican kitchen founded by renowned chef and cookbook author Joanne Weir, is celebrating its 6th anniversary with specials on the 5th, including a lobster taco, specially priced house margaritas – and if you are really listo, try the $66 “Gotta Have It” margarita made with Clase Azul Añejo tequila. Accepts reservations.
May 1-6, hours vary
Drink Mas Margaritas, With a View
There’s no shortage of tequila options at Guaymas, which offers everything from classic house margaritas ($5 on Cinco de Mayo) to specialty cocktails made from prickly pear and cucumber. There’s even a “skinny margarita” for the health conscious (and to quite possibly offset the calorie consumption of chips and guacamole). The house made tamales are a must-try. It goes without saying that Guaymas’ unbeatable views of the bay make the whole experience muy bonita. Accepts reservations.
May 5, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Go Out to Sea
For something of the ordinary, splurge on a romántico sunset sail on the Schooner Freda B. The Cinco de Mayo cruise includes a complimentary glass of sangria and breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and more. Purchase tickets online in advance.
May 5, 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.