Cinco de Mayo honors Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the Heart of the Country, the day is often celebrated by enjoying Mexican cuisine.

You can count on finding food and drink specials throughout the city’s 1,200+ restaurants and bars on Friday, May 3, and throughout the weekend. Here are our suggestions for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Wichita.

May 4 – Tacos & Tequila at Wichita Boathouse

Head over to Wichita Boathouse for a festival filled with food and drink trucks, tequila tasting and music. You're sure to love this festive event featuring tacos and tequila!

Live Music at the Brickyard in Wichita

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo at Brickyard

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, tacos and dancing. Enjoy dinner served by Mamacita’s and live music by Zac Crow and the No Shows. Mariachi Jalisco will also be playing great dance music throughout the day and into the evening. Grab $6 margaritas and $4 Modelos. 

May 5 – Tulips & Tequila with Sie & Mo at GROW Plant Bar 

Stop by GROW Plant Bar to build a Bouquet Bar or a Signature Scent while sipping on $5 Margs from 2 to 5 p.m. It's the perfect place to sip, shop and create! 

People are served Mexican food during the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the zoo

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Sedgwick County Zoo

Sedgwick County Zoo is having a fiesta from noon to 6 p.m. with exhibitors, authentic Mexican food vendors and live music on the main stage. Regular Zoo admission applies. 

May 5 – Open Streets ICT in Wichita’s Nomar District

Open Streets ICT is a free neighborhood community-building event and it’s happening in Wichita's North End Mexican community—commonly referred to as NoMar—from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. One mile of 21st Street will be closed to traffic to invite biking, walking and running. Cruise along the 1-mile stretch and stop at activity hubs, participating businesses, food and street vendors plus enjoy live music and dancing, entertainment, art, yoga and other fun physical activities. Remember to drink responsibly. 

A young Hispanic couple sips on their drinks in the NOMAR International Market

Anytime – Enjoy excellent Mexican food and margaritas! Remember to drink responsibly. Among our favorites:

A plate of enchiladas and rice is served with a beer and margarita at Carlos O'Kelly

Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Café - Northeast, Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe - South & Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe - West

Head to one of the three Wichita locations of this family-owned and Wichita-headquartered restaurant serving traditional favorites and specialty entrees prepared from scratch. Some folks like the legendarily large Jumbo Margarita at Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Café, while others swear by their hand-shaken top-shelf margaritas. If you’re looking for something skinny, they’ll even make a light version that’s sweetened with agave nectar.

La Chinita Mexican Restaurant

Find this family-owned and operated restaurant in north Wichita. They’ve been in business since 1976 and serve real Mexican cuisine that is prepared fresh, from gourmet appetizers to entrees and desserts.

A margarita is served on the rocks at Playa Azul

Playa Azul

Enter the world of authentic Mexico flavors in Wichita’s Old Town district. The house lime margaritas are budget friendly and they also offer top-shelf versions. Their peach, strawberry or mango margaritas are a specialty.

This is just a taste of the Mexican cuisine you can find in Wichita. Get more inspiration on where to find the best tacos in Wichita here. See what other events are happening in Wichita by visiting our calendar of events and find more dining suggestions with our restaurant guide.