Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Parties Start Today

I know it's May 2, but a handful of Charlotte bars are getting started a few days before the Tuesday celebration.

Pig Pickin' Cinco Party
This is a southern Cinco de Mayo party featuring a whole roasted pig, homemade spicy slaw, smoked corn on the cob, RuRu's rice and beans and of course drink specials. These drink specials include BYO mimosa and bleeder bars. Live music all day. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. RuRu's, 715 Providence Road. $35.

Join Elevate Lifestyle, KISS 95.1 & WFNZ at Bakersfield for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Features Modelo beer, El Jimador tequila specials, face painting by The Get Dead Crew. Live music from Wiggle Wagon at 7 p.m. DJ A-Minor starts at 10 p.m., games throughout the day including a Single Mingle and a piñata. Bakersfield, 1901 East Boulevard.

Bring your pooch to the Fourth Annual Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Races. Meet in the EpiCentre’s Courtyard. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte. Race begins at 6 p.m. at Vida Cantina, The EpiCentre, 210 E Trade St. Deets.

Burger Divas Do Cinco de Mayo
Choose between two Mexican-inspired, chef-created burgers, the Burger Señorita which includes an Angus beef patty glazed w/ chipotle honey, topped with fresh avocado, grilled pineapple pico de gallo and cilantro lime crème, on a grilled soft roll. The Burger Señor Angus beef burger topped with habanero jack cheese, smoked bacon, mole aioli, fajita peppers and onion, on a grilled soft roll. Burgers include side and brews. These burgers are not on the menu. Music by DJ Khriz. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., VBGB Beer Garden in the NC Music Factory, 920 Hamilton St. Tickets are $17 and includes a burger, beer and side. Deets.

Cincofest IX
Head out for Rockhouse's Cinco de Mayo bar crawl with stop at the EpiCentre, Prohibition, Tilt and the Roxbury. $8 and up. 3:15 p.m. Rooftop 210 check-in.