By Joel Furches
While Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that comes to the North American continent by way of Central America, nonetheless it is an exciting time for a city that loves its Mexican food, drinks and parties. While this is not a calendar holiday for Americans, there are plenty of activities going on in Baltimore this May 5th, so whether or not you are into the specifically Mexican aspects of the holiday, you can find something fun to keep you occupied that day. Consider the following options.
Cheat Day Bar And Grill
737 Carroll St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Sort of a hidden gem of the Baltimore bar-and-grill scene, Cheat Day is a nice sports bar with a comfy, intimate interior setting and great service. The food is a nice selection of Baltimore favorites such as crab balls and honey Old Bay wings. For Cinco de Mayo, Cheat Day is offering at-the-door tickets which entitle the bearer to half off margaritas all night and an entry into a prize contest with a $50 giveaway.
In the end, the Cheat Day celebration is the perfect Cinco de Mayo for a Baltimorean: Baltimore favorite foods, and Mexican themed adult beverages.
Cinco De Mayo
8874 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD 21045
It’s kind of a no brainer to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at a restaurant named Cinco de Mayo. As Mexican restaurants go, Cinco is about as authentic as they come – owned by a traditional Mexican family and home-cooking all of its meals from scratch. The good service, good quality food and genuine Mexican atmosphere make this a good eatery to attend any time you are craving a little south of the border flair, but more so on the holiday for which the establishment was named. For May 5th, make sure to check out its extensive drink menu with the best mixes of margaritas, Mexican beers and sangrias.
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
On May 4th through 6th, the Baltimore Convention Center will be hosting one of the biggest gatherings of tattoo artists on the East Coast. Whether you’re an artist yourself, or you’re really into tattoos, or you’re just curious, this should be an exciting and engaging event. Special guests include artists from practically every season of the show Ink Master, and if you’re into tattoos at all, you are certain to recognize most of the artists and vendors attending – from local to nationally known. Entertainment includes musical artists, contortion artists, stage magic and more. While not related to the Mexican holiday, this event will not fail to entertain.
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Every year at this time, the American Visionary Art Museum holds its “Kinetic Sculpture Race.” Participants create mobile works of art, human powered and designed to travel on land, through mud and finally on water. Starting at 10 am, May 5th, anyone may come down to the Museum and witness some very creative devices race one another in an all-terrain event. While not related to a Mexican holiday, it is an extremely entertaining investment of your time for a Saturday.
699 Washington Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
The Baltimore Flower Mart Festival has been running annually for 107 years, now, and is still going strong. This May 5th, head down to historic Mt. Vernon and enjoy a celebration of Spring time, featuring over 150 vendors of every type – most obviously flowers, but also produce, food, art and gift items. Also, contests and prizes for both children and adults. Entertainment features music, dance, book signings and more. The festival will be actively running a kids center all day to ensure that the little ones don’t get bored or restless. When lunch time rolls around and you start to get hungry, the festival will have all day food vendors peddling a wide variety of meal items and goodies.
Certainly there will be a small bit of representation of Mexican themed foods and items, but the Flower Mart is a perennial rite of passage that every Baltimore resident should visit at least once in their life.