Family-friendly Cinco de Mayo festivities

Emma Bernick, News Editor

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated on a Friday this year which means children and families have the opportunity to partake in some fun weekend events. Here are several family-friendly places that will have food and festivities to celebrate the popular Mexican holiday.


  1. Ganzo’s

Ganzo’s Mexican Restaurant has two days’ worth of festivities planned. Friday night will consist of several bands performing with dancing and, of course, lots of food. The annual Cinco de Mayo 5k race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by face painting, dancing, a jalapeno eating contest and much more. For more information, visit


  1. Rudy’s Tacos

Test you taco eating skills at East Village Rudy’s Tacos location. The taco-eating contest will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday. Other festivities include food and drink specials as well as live music. For more information, call 563-322-0668 or visit


  1. Quad Cities River Bandits Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

The band Los Mocambos is performing the pregame for the River Bandits game against the Lane County Captains at 6:35 p.m.. The night will continue with activities sponsored by Advantage Weed & Feed and end with postgame fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of Quad Cities. For more info, call 563-324-3000.


  1. Azteca 1

The Azteca 1 will be hosting a two-day event that will take place indoors and outdoors. There will be a tent and grill outside where shish-kabobs will be sold. Free shrimp cocktails will be available as well as various food and drink specials. Prestige Music will be DJing the event. For more information, call 563-386-6689.