Cinco de Mayo 2021 is nearly here! While many sipped homemade margaritas on their porches last year, people are starting to feel more confident about safely venturing out. With more restaurants having safety measures down and a large population freshly vaccinated, many are ready to party this year. Here is a list of ways to celebrate around or near town. Don’t drink? Don’t worry, we have that covered too.
Tequila Sunrise, located at 4711 N Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, will hold a block party beginning at 11:30 am, which will feature live music, two bars, and a mariachi band. Be sure to catch the Leo Lee Rock band perform.
Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill: 4711 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33334
Perhaps you would prefer more of a street vibe? Then you can head over to Wilton Manors and join The 2021 Cinco De Mayo Street Food & Drink Festival hosted by La Mexicana Taco Bar, located at 2430 NE 13th Ave Wilton Manors. There will be a free all-day music event featuring beer models, giveaways, and tons of margaritas.
La Mexicana Taco Bar: 2430 NE 13th Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Tatts and Tacos is located at 3200 NE 12th Ave, Oakland Park. Typically, Tatts and Tacos would host a block party; this year, it will be scaled back. While there will be no block party, they will be having tequila specials, shot girls, and live DJs throughout the day.
Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden: 3200 NE 12th Ave, Oakland Park, FL 33334
El Guanaco, located at 331 NE 44th Street, Oakland Park will be hosting their Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Food and drink specials and music from 11 am to 9 pm.
El Guanaco: 331 NE 44th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334
Don’t feel like partying with the masses quite yet? No worries! You can still host virtual Cinco de Mayo celebrations with friends and family. It would be a great time to swap your favorite margarita recipes and see who comes up with the best one! After one or two, you’re sure to be the winner.
Speaking of staying home, with today’s plethora of delivery companies, you can bring the taste of Mexico right to your home. Try ordering your favorites from a local Oakland Park Mexican restaurant such as Quates Mexican Restaurant or Alegria Tacos.
Cielito Lindo is still remodeling due to a fire and will not participate in this year’s festivities or be open for take-out. However, I was assured that their Pompano location will be up and running and taking all of your DoorDash, GrubHub, and UberEats orders!
Which leads me to the next event: what can I do if I don’t drink?
Many sober señores and señoritas like to take the time to meet up on or near the beach. Soak up the Florida sun and dip your feet in the water with friends and family or take the opportunity to play a traditional Mexican game with your family at home. Here’s a fun list to try with your friends or children: https://www.donquijote.org/mexican-culture/traditions/games-mexico/
No matter what you decide to do this Cinco De Mayo, please be safe, have fun and sip those margaritas responsibly. Ole!
Rhiannon Samoyedny was born and raised in South Florida. She has lived in Oakland Park for over 25 years and purchased her home in Garden Acres in 2012 where she resides with her husband, two teenaged boys, a few rescue cats, and her dog.
Her professional career began as a project manager and estimator for a small Oakland Park construction company and she later went on to earn her degree in Court Reporting, where she later incorporated her own small business RS Reporting, Inc.
She has a passion for gardening and attends many horticulture classes and workshops. She is also an LGA (Local Government Academy) graduate, class of 2019, and an active community volunteer and activist. You can usually find her around town at various Oakland Park meetings and events with her notebook, so be sure to say hello.