Holy guacamole — it’s Cinco de Mayo, and with so many events (and margaritas to drink) on Saturday alone, this weekend is one you may just want a plan for, before the tequila really kicks in.
May the Fourth Be with You (a Star Wars Day party) is on Friday at Jimbo’s Rock Lounge, but if fighting the dark side isn’t your specific brand of heroism, leave your light saber at home and check out the original Incredible Hulk as Lou Ferrigno signs autographs at Cinebarre.
Start off your Cinco de Mayo with an early morning walk in the park as the dogs take over Marion Square for the Charleston Dog Show. But Saturday isn’t just going to the dogs — check out the horses too as you pregame for margaritas with a round of mint juleps and take in the races at Kentucky Derby Day at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.
Missed the Blessing of the Fleet in Mt. P? No worries, it all goes down again in McClellanville for the Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet. Get to dancing at the North Charleston Arts Festival at the Charleston Area Convention Center with tunes from Shrimp City Slim, Fowl Play, the Randall Bramblett Band, Reggae Infinity, the Robbie Ducey Band, and YeeHaw Junction.
The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary of Mt. Pleasant gets things going early with a Cinco de May’all party Friday night on Gold Bug Island. And you can expect all of Charleston’s Mexican restaurants to be kicking things up a notch on Saturday. Head out to Taco Mamacita, Santi’s, or even the Tattooed Moose for drink specials all day long, giveaways, and the occasional piñata whacking. Even Irish pub Molly Darcy’s is going Mexican with drink specials and live music all day. Juanita Greenberg’s on Coleman Boulevard is celebrating their one-year anniversary with a Cinco de Mayo party featuring a margarita station, beer trucks, taco bar, jump castle, beer specials, and live music from beach/calypso group the Island Trio, rock quartet Old You, singer/guitarist Graham Whorley, and funk band Wadata. The annual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Visitor’s Center Bus Shed even features a salsa dance contest.
After a night of drinking, cure your hangover with Brunch on the Bank at Brittlebank Park complete with Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars and food trucks. If that doesn’t settle your stomach, check out the All Americana Crawfish Boil at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ West Ashley. Sunday is the last day to check out artist Colin Quashie’s installation The Plantation (Plan-ta-shun) at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Take in a game of polo at The McDaniels Audi Spring Polo Invitational. Cap off your weekend with a roundhouse kick to the face with the World Heavyweight Championship match at the North Charleston Coliseum as the WWE Smackdown World Tour comes to Charleston.