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The Desert Sun’s Xochitl Pena takes a look at some ways to spend Cinco de Mayo here in the Coachella Valley. For history buffs, Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla. Today, Cinco de Mayo is great opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. Here are Xochitl’s 7 picks:


1. Tequila & Taco Fiesta

Several Old Town La Quinta restaurants, including Solano’s West Coast Bistro, The Grill on Main, Old Town Tavern Barbecue & More and Stuft Pizza, are participating in the Tequila & Taco Fiesta from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, May 5th. Each restaurant will provide a different $5 tequila and food tasting and there will also be Mariachi music on Main Street and an outdoor beer and wine garden. Free admission and parking. For more information, please visit: oldtownlaquinta.com


2. All Day Fiesta

The Draughtsman in Palm Springs will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with south of the border food favorites and live entertainment all day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 5th. A taco cart will be there serving up $3 carne asada, pollo and veggie tacos. Draughtsman, 1501 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.  (760) 507-1644. For more information, please visit: draughtsmanpalmsprings.com


3. Jackie Cochrane Air Show

The Jacqueline Cochran Air Show runs from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday, May 5th, with aerobatics, high-flying aviators, static displays, food trucks, merchandise and much more. Free admission and parking. Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, 56-850 Higgins Drive, Thermal.  For more information, please visit: jcairshow.com


4. Cinco de Saguaro

The Saguaro Hotel’s Cinco de Mayo party features a pool party with up and coming young women DJ’s providing music from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5th. DJ Erickavee performs first from noon to 3 p.m. followed by DJ Gene from 3 to 6 p.m. Free with RSVP by 1 p.m. Saturday. $20 for entry after 1 p.m. and $25 for walk-up entry with no RSVP.  Saguaro, 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. For more information, please visit: www.TheSaguaro.com  


5. Spotlight 29

Nacho “Nash” Bustillos, who recently released a new single “El Juguete,” will headline at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Festivities also include performances by Mariachi Serenata Mexicana and DJ Morales.  Tickets are $10. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Pl, Coachella. For more information, please visit: www.Spotlight29.com


6. Tachevah at the Indio Block Party

Listen to four great bands compete for a grand prize of $3,000 Saturday in downtown Indio at Smurr Street and Miles Avenue. This free event will feature food, drinks, a car show, art, kids zone and much more. The block party kicks off at 4 p.m. with the music competition starting at 7 p.m. The competing bands include Eevaan Tre, Giselle Woo & The Night Owls, Razor J and Victor Bosc. Free admission. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/Tachevah/


7. The River at Rancho Mirage

Enjoy tacos, sangria and snacks at the River at Rancho Mirage amphitheatre from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The event also will include live music from The Delgados. The River at Rancho Mirage, 71-800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/theriverrm

To read Xochitle Pena’s original article and view the accompanying pictures, courtesy of The Desert Sun, please visit: https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/events/2018/05/03/here-7-ways-spend-your-cinco-de-mayo-palm-springs-area/570741002/