Make it a three-day Cinco de Mayo weekend at The Ridge Tahoe and explore the zesty sites and sounds of Tahoe South.
Dining and drink options can be found onsite at the Ridge Tahoe’s Hungry Bear Restaurant, or have the bartender at the Bear Trap Bar mix you up a Margarita on the rocks with salt.
If you’re looking to venture out, leave the driving to the the Ridge Tahoe which offers offers regular shuttle buses to the casino core, plus there’s South Tahoe Transit Service that makes runs from the Ridge Tahoe whisking you around the South Shore.
Friday, May 2, is the 11th annual Family Resource Center Cinco De Mayo Festival at the California Main Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The party begins at 5 p.m. with plenty of food from South Lake Tahoe area Mexican restaurants, a live mariachi band, traditional dancers and raffle prizes. Adult tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and children’s tickets are $10 for 6 to 12 years of age; 5 years and under are free.
Strap on the sombrero and prepare to go south of the border with the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, and his band The Wabos, on stage Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 at the South Shore Room inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
There will also be live music, food and drink specials throughout the weekend at Hagar’s franchised Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Harveys Lake Tahoe.
Cinco De Mayo will sizzle Friday through Monday at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa with Cinco De Mayo-Palooza, featuring four days of live music, zesty food specials and a taco eating contest with $1,000 up for grabs.
Siesta prior to the annual fiesta because MontBleu will bring out the cervezas, sombreros, the mariachi music and flavors to its resort full of Latin spice. Cinco De Mayo-Palooza headquarters is Café Del Soul with 99 cent tacos, margaritas and sombreros along with $2 Coronas, fish tacos and Hornitos tequila served all day every day, May 2-5.
Saturday’s main events feature live music from Cool Black Kettle and a taco eating challenge where willing contestants have 10 minutes to eat as many tacos as they can handle for a chance at the $1,000 prize. The contest is hosted by local TV personality Mike Peron and starts at 4 p.m. Also, new this year is a $1,000 lime toss. Contestants can take aim to make a lime into a beer mug and will win their share of $1,000 cash.
Within walking distance from The Ridge is the Fox and Hound Lake Tahoe Bar and Grill, which promises plenty of food and drink specials with a zesty Cinco de Mayo twist.
Latin Soul inside Lakeside Inn and Casino offers authentic Mexican fare and has some of the tangiest Margaritas in town. Your best bet is to come early and expect to stay through dinner.
How do you plan to spend the Cinco de Mayo weekend?