If you spend any time at all in the Southwest, you will come away with a new appreciation for everything Latin, and as the fifth of May appears on the calendar, you may decide that THIS is your new favorite holiday! Commemorating Mexico’s victory over France in the 19th century (something NO ONE imagined could happen!) this day involves no family gatherings, no feasts, and no gift giving, instead inviting all celebrants to drink their fill in local Mexican restaurants. No really, this is how we celebrate a Sedona Cinco de Mayo in Arizona, (and all over the state!) and if you were already planning a spring vacation to our red rock village and a stay in one of our Sedona.Org festive properties in Oak Creek, it only makes sense that you choose to play over the Cinco de Mayo holiday.
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Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, located at 336 AZ-179 in Sedona, really is the anchor that holds our enchanted town in check! Serving not just as a place to shop, eat, and enjoy live entertainment, it is also the hub of every holiday celebration, including Cinco de Mayo. In 2022, the actual 5th of May falls on a weekday, and everyone knows that you can’t do a holiday justice celebrating mid-week, especially one that involves a LOT of alcohol, so Tlaquepaque has taken the initiative and moved the celebration to Saturday, May 7. Offering face painting, crafting with our favorite local crafter Aimee, and even a piñata breaking ceremony, if you are traveling with the kiddos, this is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday! Life entertainment continues throughout the day and features flamenco dancing, ballet dancing, and a lively mariachi band, giving visitors a glimpse into the colorful world of Hispanic culture. Also offering a taste of Mexico in the form of a taco cart from El Rincon and chips and salsa from Elote, if you have never tasted Mexican food before, now is the perfect time to change that lapse in culinary judgment! And if you have chosen one of our Sedona.Org Oak Creek vacation rentals, the Village of Oak Creek provides shuttle service to and from Tlaquepaque, ensuring that you won’t need to worry about drinking and driving.
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Of course, the most authentic celebrations will take place at local Mexican restaurants, where the drinks will flow, and the chips and salsa will be available in endless supply! 89 Agave Cantina has always been our favorite place to celebrate the holiday, offering a spicy menu filled with Mexican favorites, a full bar at which margaritas and Coronas will be the most popular drinks in the house, and a place where you can feel like one of the crowd, even if this is your first Cinco de Mayo celebration! Other notable mentions include Maria’s Restaurant & Cantina and the Elote Café, which offers innovative upscale versions of Mexican specialty dishes and high-end tequilas that go down smooth but pack quite a wallop the next day.
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Not having to worry about transportation when drinking your feel at Cinco de Mayo is the biggest win of all, and when you choose one of our Sedona.Org vacation casas in which to celebrate, you will be the biggest winner! Turn to a Spanish speaking channel and brush up on your high school Spanish as you sip margaritas created in our gourmet kitchens. Normally the grills found on our decks and patios are perfect for burgers and hot dogs, but on Cinco de Mayo in Arizona, why not add a serving of elote (sweet Mexican street corn) to the menu? Drink in the views of the red rocks with a drink in your hand, and if the vacation home of your dreams comes with a pool, your favorite online shopping site actually sells pool floats shaped like avocados, tacos, and margaritas! We can’t decide which would be better, floating on a taco pool float with a freshly blended margarita in hand or floating on a margarita float with a taco in hand! Just to be safe, you should probably buy both and test it out yourself on this glorious May day in Sedona! Spend this festive day eating, drinking, and relaxing and when the salsa, guacamole, and margaritas are gone, you won’t have far to go to climb into bed and fall into the sweet oblivion of sleep!
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However you choose to spend the daylight hours of your Cinco de Mayo getaway, coming home to the comforts and luxuries of our holiday hideaway will be the most bueno of ways to end another day in paradise. Don’t wait another minute, reserve your favorite Oak Creek vacation rentals today!