Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Orange County with margaritas, tacos, mariachi and more.

Edited by Laura Okey

Fiesta Yacht Party
May 5-6. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with specialty margaritas, authentic street tacos and dancing. Cruise on a beautiful luxury yacht in Newport Harbor equipped with one-of-a-kind margaritas, an array of bottomless street tacos, quesadillas, mini burritos and churros; all while listening to the beats of top 40 music and Latin hits. Tickets include four specialty margaritas, unlimited taco bar and apps and more. 21 and over. 6:30-10 p.m. $69. Royal Princess Yacht, 2901 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.485.6543.


Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen 8th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
May 5. Enjoy all-day drink specials this Cinco de Mayo at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen alongside a live Latin band. Sip on award-winning margaritas like the watermelon margarita, back on the menu due to popular demand. All-day specials include half-off all premium tequila shots, $15 grande classic margaritas and $10 beer and tequila shot pairings. 11:30 a.m. 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.1040.


Chile relleno at Taco Rosa

Taco Rosa
May 5. Party with Taco Rosa during an all-day Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Begin with a celebratory lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring a special 3-course menu of Mexico City cuisine for $15. During the main celebration, 3-10 p.m., Taco Rosa will offer its incredible taco Tuesday specials in addition to its regular menu of Mexico City cuisine. Indulge while listening to a live Mariachi band and sipping complimentary tequila tastings and tequila poppers. Take advantage of hourly drink specials and an hourly balloon drop, which will drop prizes including certificates offering free desserts, appetizers, and entrees into the crowd. 2632 San Miguel Road, Newport Beach, 949.720.0980; 13792 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.505.6080.


Avila’s El Ranchito
May 5. Raise your glasses for Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials including tacos, chinolingas (an Avila’s exclusive), Jose Cuervo margaritias, Corralejo tequila shots and more. See website for Orange County locations in Costa Mesa, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and more.


Ceviche tostada at Social
Ceviche tostada at Social

Cinco de Mayo at Social
May 5. Dine on all your favorite Mexican fare at Social Costa Mesa this Cinco de Mayo. The menu will feature classics like chips, salsa and guacamole, and also one-of-a-kind dishes. Highlights include mushroom chorizo tacos with fingerling potatoes, pico de gallo and avocado puree; octopus tacos with pico de gallo and avocado puree; and ceviche tostadas with rock shrimp, avocado puree, grilled scallions, red onion and cucumber. For the libations, choose from crafted beverages such as the strawberry Thai chile margarita with Espolon Tequila, strawberry, Thai chile, elderflower and lime; or the Black Magic Woman with Mezcal Tequila, pineapple-serrano shrub, mango tea, ancho reyes and lime. 5 p.m. Social Costa Mesa, 512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2525.


L Music Festival
May 6. Celebrate both Cinco de Mayo and MainPlace Mall’s 30th birthday with the biggest Latin music festival in Orange County. Bring your rhythm and your appetite—MainPlace Mall features more than 44 restaurants and eateries to choose from before enjoying the performances of the evening. The concert stage will be located off Broadway and MainPlace Drive in the mall parking lot. 1-7 p.m. Free. MainPlace Mall, 2800 North Main Street, Santa Ana.



Cincoteca at Puesto
May 5. Cinco de Mayo wouldn’t be complete without music, margaritas and tacos. Indulge on taco and drink specials all day with organic tequila margaritas from Casa Noble and craft beers from Agua Mala Cerveceria. Enjoy musical performances by Los Masters Plus and special guests. 3-9 p.m. Free admission. Los Olivos Marketplace, Puesto, 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.608.9990.


Pour Vida Latin Flavor
May 5. Dive into delicious hand-crafted tacos and fresh pressed juices at Pour Vida Latin Flavor. On Cinco de Mayo, enjoy $3 braised chicken mole tacos, $3 roasted pig face tacos, $1 churros and, of course, $3 micheladas. 185 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, 657.208.3889.


Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen
May 5. Grab a table at Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen in Old Towne Orange for a more upscale celebration this Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy the beautiful interior and great ambiance alongside one of their delicious plates. The menu incorporates modern fare with traditional Mexican cuisine, resulting in plates like duck carnitas tacos and queso fundido con hongos. Don’t skip the tequila flight either, which comes with a house selection of three one-ounce premium tequilas. This Cinco de Mayo, chef Gabbi Patrick will feature a special drink and menu—come in and see for yourself! 141 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.3038.


La Vida Cantina
May 5. Live it up at La Vida Cantina this Cinco de Mayo in the outdoor bar, complete with fire pits for the evening guests. Enjoy live music, face painting, pinatas and ice luges. Don’t miss happy hour—La Vida Cantina will be serving up a crispy taco platter (5 tacos for $10), and carnitas sliders (2 for $6), among many other tasty items. All day drink specials include $3 beers and $8 featured tequila shots. Open at 11 a.m. Happy hour 4-6:30 p.m. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.612.2349.


Fiesta de Mayo at Outlets at San Clemente

Outlets at San Clemente Fiesta de Mayo Celebration
May 6. Head to the Outlets for an afternoon fiesta featuring local Mariachis, Ballet Folklorico and beer and wine tasting for the adults. Additional family friendly activities include balloon artists, face painters and more! 1-4 p.m. Free. Outlets at San Clemente, Oak Tree Court, 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323.

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