Tomorrow we celebrate Cinco de Mayo — one of the biggest holidays in Mexican culture.
The holiday honors Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Second Franco-Mexican War didn’t end that day, but the battle became a symbol of resistance against foreign powers.
If you’re looking to observe the holiday, we’ve rounded up some great local celebrations with plenty to eat, drink, and do in Chattanooga.
Cinco de Mayo Latin Night | 6 p.m.-2 a.m. | G2G Salsa, 2255 Center St. | $10+ | A night of dancing — Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, and Reggaeton — and food + drink deals.
Cinco de Mayo Mexican & Margaritas | 6-9 p.m. | The Sweet & Savory Classroom, 45 E. Main St. | $84 | Take this cooking class to learn how to make fresh tortillas, enchiladas, guacamole, and more — your first margarita is included.
Hispanic American Folk Music | 7:30 p.m. | Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. | $10+ | The Choral Arts of Chattanooga + East Lake Expression Engine will perform a variety of songs including “Misa Criolla,” a Spanish Mass, entirely in Spanish.
Cinco de Mayo: Agave Spirit Release Party | 7-10 p.m. | Gate 11 Distillery | Price of purchase | Gate 11 Distillery will release its first pour of Agave Spirit “Once” + will host live music.
Cinco de Mayan | 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. | Mayan Kitchen, 507 Broad St. | Price of purchase | Celebrate with the Mayan Kitchen on its biggest day of the year with drink + food specials to match.
Cinco de Mayo | 4 p.m.-12 a.m. | Wanderlinger Brewing Co. | Price of purchase | Give margaritas a break and sip on Wanderlinger’s Micheladas + snack on taco specials while listening to live music.
Cinco de Mayo Party | 7 p.m. | HiFi Clyde’s | Price of purchase | Listen to live music by Jamie Saylor while you enjoy your food + drinks.
Cinco de Mayo | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Southside Social | $10+ | Enjoy drink specials all night while DJ Kevin Ball performs.
Did we miss anything? Share how you’ll be celebrating.