Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food and fun

A beer margarita will hit the spot come Saturday.

Let’s break from our usual random style (and budget guidelines for one event) and choose a theme this week: Cinco de Mayo.

Don’t really know what the day is about? That’s OK, as Head2Head Trivia this week is all about the holiday. Check it out on Page 35.

In the meantime, learn about what Charleston has to offer Saturday.

The Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival brings to the Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St., the Mexican holiday that is celebrated throughout the United States.

The event provides an opportunity to experience Hispanic food, dance and music 6-11 p.m. Tickets are $10. Funds benefit Nuevos Caminos, an organization dedicated to serving the local Hispanic community.

Go to charlestoncinco.com.

This year, Awendaw Green is bringing Cinco de Mayo to the waterfront at The Hippodrome, 360 Concord St. (next to the S.C. Aquarium).

Starting at 6 p.m., three groups of musicians will have you dancing around the theater.

Mexican culture will be on display with your favorite Mexican beer and more. Food will be provided by HomeTeam BBQ, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10, $7 for students, and may be purchased in advanced at www.charlestonhippodrome.com or at the box office the day of the event.

If you really take this party seriously, head over to Southside 17 Bar & Grill, 3632 Savannah Highway, for a 12-hour event.

Noon-midnight, enjoy live music from nine participating bands, raffles, prizes, cornhole, and deals on Mexican drinks and food.

Proceeds benefit the Herb vs the Brain Foundation.

Call 641-7043.

Hosted by the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary, this event is billed as a “Cinco De Mayo celebration with a bit of a Southern drawl.”

Starting a day early on Friday, enjoy live music, food, games and prizes, live and silent auctions and more.

Held 7-10:30 p.m. on Goldbug Island, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant, tickets are $30, which includes $5 worth of tickets for beverages. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s House of North Charleston.

Check out www.cincodemayall.com.

The Tattooed Moose, 1137 Morrison Drive, hosts its third annual Mexican festivus. The party will offer games, margaritas, pinatas, live music and more.

Go to tattooedmoose.com.

Manny’s Neighborhood Grill, 1680 Old Towne Road, is breaking away from its Greek and Mediterranean roots to celebrate all things Mexican at its Cinco De “Manny’s” Fiesta.

Mexican cuisine and beers will be available, and don’t forget the tequila and margaritas. Also part of the fun is the Mariachi Karaoke Fiesta, which will start around 9 p.m.

Call 763-3908 or find Manny’s on Facebook.

Juanita Greenberg’s in Mount Pleasant, 410 W. Coleman Blvd., is boasting of “the biggest Cinco de Mayo Party in town.”

Celebrating its one-year anniversary, the restaurant will have live music, a beer truck, margarita station, taco bar, jump castles, pinatas and more. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m., and admission is free.

Call 329-6224 or go to www.juanitagreenbergs.com.

Wine and Design, a recently renamed and refurbished art studio in Mount Pleasant, will “paint it forward” as it hosts this fundraiser for MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Wine and Design is partnering with Firefly and Irvin-House Vineyard for this painting class at the Irvin-House Vineyard, 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island.

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., enjoy live music, food, and wine and liquor tastings. Tickets are $50, which includes the tasting of six spirits (shot glasses included) and five wines (wine glasses included), the art class plus materials.

Call 388-7857 or go to www.wineanddesignsc.com.

And as much as Cinco de Mayo should be celebrated, we musn’t neglect the very important holiday the day before: May the Fourth Be With You (get it?)

Jimbo’s Rock Lounge, 1662 Savannah Highway, will be hosting Star Wars Day on Friday, May 4 (get it now?).

Featuring a photo booth, live music, a DJ and local artists displaying/selling pieces based on “Star Wars,” this event starts at 8 p.m. At 10 p.m., the fun switches to the 21 and older crowd.

Oh, did we mention there’s going to be a costume contest? Around 11 p.m. And if you don’t happen to have a light saber in, say, your closet at home, you can pick up a flier at Captain’s Comics or Jimbo’s Rock Lounge for 15 percent off at Hokus Pokus.

Go to www.jimbosrock loungecharleston.com or call 225-2200.