It’s that time of year again. You know, when everyone thinks its Mexican Independence Day and drinks a bunch of Dos Equis and Corona. Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, which happened 150 years ago. So squeeze a lime into your drink and toast to Mexico’s defeat of Gen. Charles de Lorencez. That guy sucked.
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
Info: Starts 6 p.m. Saturday at Wellman’s Rooftop & Pub, 597 Market St., West Des Moines.
Buses will transport Cincoers between Wellman’s, Cabaret West Glen, Bombay Bicycle Club, Miss Kitty’s and Uncle Buck’s. Drink specials include $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light draws, $2.50 Miller Lite and Coors Light bottles and $3 calls. $20 in advance at desmoinespubcrawl.com, $25 at the door.
Cinco de Mayo Bash
Info: 9 p.m. Saturday at The Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave.
Hollywood Burnout headlines a Cinco de Mayo Bash with opening act HipKnosis. $5.
Cinco de Mayo Most Interesting Bike Ride
Info: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Flat Tire Lounge, 303 S. Madison St., Madrid.
A fundraiser bike ride kicking off at the Flat Tire Lounge with stops at the Nite Hawk in Slater and Crossroads Tavern in Kelley. Specials include $3 Dos Equis draws, $8 Dos Equis pitchers, $4 margaritas and $4 Mexican Car Bombs. $25 to register. (515) 710-8914.
Festival Cinco de Mayo
Info: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Fifth Street in Valley Junction, West Des Moines.
Celebrating the Mexican heritage of the railroad workers who helped establish Valley Junction, the day includes Mexican food, artwork, live music, dancing, family activities and the naming of a Cinco de Mayo king and queen. Free. Valleyjunction.com.
Cinco de Mayo – A Celebration of Food and Frivolity
Info: 5 p.m. Saturday at West End Architectural Salvage, 22 Ninth St.
Authentic Mexican food, including tamales from Tamale’s Industry, Mayan pulled pork tostadas, a guacamole station, chips and homemade salsas. Admission includes three free drinks, choosing from specialty beers and margaritas. $30 in advance through tikly.co, $35 at the door.