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Our picks for celebrating Cinco de Mayo around Boston

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  May 1, 2013 11:31 PM

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Vegetable tacos at Rosa Mexicano, located on the waterfront in Boston.

Are you suddenly craving spicy food, salty drinks, and guacamole? That's because it's the beginning of May, and Cinco de Mayo is around the corner. Don't just limit your Mexican-themed celebrations to Sunday. Here are our weekend Cinco de Mayo picks. Arriba!

Music, margaritas, and ... mustaches? OK! Head to Davis Square's iconic Rosebud bar and restaurant to listen to four local bands sharing tunes. Don't forget your 'staches -- the best ones get a prize. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the MSPCA. Saturday, May 4, at 9 p.m., $8, 381 Summer St., Somerville, 617-440-6284,

Why not celebrate Cinco de Mayo early? Even ... two days early? Venture out to Boston's waterfront for some sun and Mexican grub. Del Frisco's will pair Patron Tequila with a six-course dinner on Friday. Dinner starts early, so you'll have plenty of time to venture to TeMexCal or Rosa Mexicano for margaritas. Friday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m., $95, 250 Northern Ave., Boston,

Sing along with dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon, where along with live music, attendees will be able to enjoy $5 margaritas or $20 mega margaritas (they are 86 ounces. You might want to share that one). Sunday, May 5 at noon, Howl at the Moon, 184 High St., Boston,

Sipping while shopping: Charles Street's Vira Boutique is serving margaritas on Sunday for anyone who stops by. If the drinks put you in the mood to shop, the boutique is offering 10 percent off during the event. Cheers! Sunday, May 5 from 1-5 p.m., 107 Charles St., Boston, 617-367-0305,

Is the thought of margaritas alone not cutting it for your Cinco de Mayo celebration? The Beehive in the South End will have mariachi bands playing music from south of the border. There is no cover charge, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time. 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m., The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-0069,

Why just limit the fun to one spot? Bar hop to different venues that will partake in Cinco de Mayo festivities. Kitty O'Sheas is starting a bar crawl at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and at The Bell in Hand, starting at 12:30 p.m. For more information on Boston pub crawls, visit this website. Times and dates vary.

Want more ideas? Check out more of our Cinco de Mayo listings in Boston and beyond. Also, don't forget to check out our guide to the area's margaritas.

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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