1100 Metropolitan Ave., Suite 130
Charlotte, NC 28204
www.lapazcharlotte.comHours: Sun – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mon to Wed – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thur to Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
La Paz has been serving Mexican cuisine for more than 30 years and plays host to one of the oldest and largest Cindo de Mayo parties in Charlotte every year. After moving into its new Metropolitan suite, the menu has been revamped and new dishes are now available. For its 33rd annual Cinco de Mayo Party, La Paz’s new, upgraded space allows party-goers to enjoy the festivities in a unique Spanish decor surrounded by plasma TVs, plenty of seating and even a private dining area. Expect discounted shots of specialty tequilas, games, prizes, limbo contests and salsa dancing.
Cinco de Mayo Fanta Festival
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
www.latinamericancoalition.orgHours: Sun May 6, 2012, All day
Celebrating its 5th year here in Charlotte, the Cinco de Mayo Fanta Festival is put on annually by Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition. The celebration lasts the entire day on the Sunday after Cinco de Mayo this year in McAlpine Creek Park. Attracting nearly 30,000 people of all different ethnicities and backgrounds each year, the festival aims to teach people more about the history behind the holiday of Cinco de Mayo and Mexican heritage. Festival-goers can expect to see celebrities, internationally renowned Mexican bands and musical performers and folk dance concerts while grubbing on authentic Latin American dishes.
The Loco Lime
1101 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
www.locolimecharlotte.comHours: Sun to Thur – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Loco Lime is an authentic Mexican restaurant with a trendy feel to it. For Cinco De Mayo, a huge party is planned. While the fun is planned to start at 3 p.m., expect the partying to continue on well into the night (and if you’re up for it, into the morning of May 6–it is the weekend, after all). Festivities will include a dunk tank with proceeds going to charity, taco eating contest, Cornhole tournaments, live music and many food and drink specials. Don’t forget to fill up son some fresh, hand prepared guacamole to soak up some of that tequila-laden margarita you’re sure to downing during the celebration.
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1511 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 331-92227708 Rea Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28277
Hours: Sun to Wed – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thu to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
With two popular locations in the Dilworth and Ballantyne areas, Cantina 1511 serves authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails. The owner’s own Mexican experiences serve as inspiration for the award-winning menu and atmosphere. If you visit this spot expecting a similar experience to other chain restaurants in the area, you will be thoroughly disappointed. If it’s a truly unique Cinco de Mayo experience, you’re after, however, Cantina 1511 will surely deliver. The East Boulevard location actually hosts Dilworth’s Cinco De Mayo Party, and festivities usually get underway around 5 p.m. and last to 11 p.m. with free entry. Expect live Latin music and entertainment on top of Corona and tequila specials all night in a tent especially set up for the festivities.
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