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Where to find the biggest Cinco de Mayo fiestas in Toronto

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Liora Ipsum Apr 28, 2017 5:32 am 1,870

Cinco de Mayo.

It’s kind of like the Mexican equivalent to St. Patrick’s Day.

While the celebration commemorating Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla is mostly ceremonial south of the border, here in Toronto the holiday has been co-opted as a mex-cellent excuse to throw a tequila and taco-fueled fiesta.

Here’s where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in The 6ix this year.

86’D Monday: Annual Guacamole Smackdown

Kicking off Cinco de Mayo week, Baro, Che Food Truck, La Carnita, Cocina Economica and others compete for the title of best guacamole in Toronto. Attendees including judges Jonny Gray from Altos Tequila and Pete n’ Chris Neal from Neal Brothers will vote for the winner.

When: May 1, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

Cinco de Mayo at Steam Whistle

Nacho ordinary party! This fundraiser event promises margaritas, DJs, pinatas, tequila, and brewery fresh-Pilsner in support The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer.

When: May 5, 7 pm to 2 am
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Price: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Cinco de Macho

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Macho Tex Mex Radio Bar/Facebook

This Tex Mex joint in Cityplace is advertising an epic fiesta in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. You’ll want to start this party as early as possible to secure a seat on the patio, plus from 5 pm to 6 pm, you’ll get a free frozen margarita on arrival.

When: May 5, 5 pm to 2 am
Where: Macho Radio Bar, 92 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Price: No cover

CincoFest

More like sexto de mayo, amirite? If you can’t satisfy your cinco experience in a single day, follow up on Saturday split between Baro and El Caballito. A single ticket includes access and a complimentary tequila cocktail at each venue, free swag, and a menu of festive $5 cinco foods.

When: May 6, 3 pm to 8 pm
Where: Baro, 485 King Street West, Toronto; El Caballito, 220 King Street West, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $25

Cinco De Mayo at Milagro

Find some friends because Milagro is doing Cantina Platters on the big day. The feast fit for four is priced at $61 and includes three choices from selections such as Cochinita Pibil, Lamb Mixiotes, Roasted Chicken in Our house Mole Poblano or Carnitas, served with with arroz and refritos, sides, salsas, pickled jalapeños & lots of fresh corn tortillas. Look forward to drink specials on tequilas and Mexican beers too.

When: May 5
Where:5 Mercer Street, Toronto; 783 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: No cover

Cinco De Mayo at Tortería San Cosme

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Tortería San Cosme/Facebook

The Mexican sandwich shop in Kensington Market will be serving up handheld fiestas. On special for the big day, Torta de Pollo al Pastor ($9.90) featuring chicken in tangy pasilla adobo, grilled pineapple, pickled serrano onions and melted Oaxaca cheese all loaded atop a griddled telera.

When: May 5
Where: 181 Baldwin Street, Toronto
Price: No Cover

Cinco De Mayo at El Local Loco

The Mexican taberna keeps the celebrations straightforward with the essentials: Tacos, Margaritas, and Tequila. In the evening, find a mariachi band and DJ for those that want to dance.

When:  May 5, 7:30 pm
Where: 9 Church Street, Toronto
Price: No cover

Cinco De Mayo at Barrio

With a prime patio and the promise of live mariachi music, DJs, sangria, tequila flights, Mexican beers, and margaritas, this might be the hottest party on the east side. Food is included with cover!

When: May 5, 2 pm
Where: 884 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: $25 Cover

Lucha Madness Cinco De Mayo Party

Mexican wrestling and booze. Enough said.

When: May 5, 7:30 pm
Where: Superkick’d Pro Wrestling Rock Show & Training Centre, 66 Fraser Avenue, Unit B, Toronto
Price: General admission is $10

Cinco De Mayo Patio Party at El Jefe

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El Jefe

Kick back at this outdoor tiki bar and enjoy live music, DJs, giveways and drink specials including $25 buckets of Corona and $4 shots.

When: May 5, noon to 2 am
Where: 66 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga
Price: No cover

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