What To Do In New York City Cinco De Mayo Weekend

Ashley Falzone
Ashley is your semi-above-average 20 something living in Astoria who lives and breathes NYC life. She goes about her days looking forward to all the food she will consume. She also loves referencing Kanye West quotes in her articles whenever applicable.


Cinco de Mayo and festival season is in full spring as May kicks off this weekend. Start Friday night with all the Mexican cuisine you could ever want and flow into events focused on art, women empowerment, and the festival of color for the rest of your weekend.

Let’s start with Cinco de Mayo deals shall we?

$1 Chicken Tinga Taco @ Street Taco

Start Cinco de Mayo off right with $1 chicken Tinga tacos along with pitchers of margs for $28 (because you know you won’t be able to just have one). Other deals range from $6 single Margaritas (if you’re really trying to be good), $4 Tecates and $5 Modelos Especial.


Rosa Mexicano

Go big or go home, am I right? Rosa Mexicano thinks so too, which is why for $48 you can dive face first into a 3-foot spread of tacos including braised beef, grilled fish, grilled mushroom and carnitas varieties. Pair that with their spicy pineapple margs and you’re golden.


Cantina Rooftop

Get out of work early, because Cantina is opening at 3 p.m. to start celebrating early — $10 Micheladas, $12 margaritas, and $50 pitchers are only part of the fun. Don’t forget the food and amazing view from the rooftop.


Cinco De Mayo Art Show

If you want to ditch the bar scene, but still get your margaritas in the Cinco De Mayo Headless Horseman art show is the way to go. With art inspired by Cinco De Mayo and Mexico, free admission, and marg specials, you can’t go wrong.


And for the festivals: 

Frieze New York

Taking place on Randall’s Island all weekend, Frieze New York is the epitome of what an art fair should be. As visitors explore galleries in curated sections and tune in on series of talks and site-specific artist commissions, the fair really involves the world’s leading modern and contemporary art. Tickets run from $25 for students to $55, which will include the transportation, a Frieze magazine and a stell-ar beer.


Holi Hai Festival of Color

Celebrate life with the colors of the world this Saturday on Governor’s Island at the Holi Hai festival. A very popular spring festival in India, the New York version celebrates this diversity with dance and live music and a variety of food vendors. It’s free to register, and remember to wear white.


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LIC Springs

This 4th annual community block festival in LIC is taking place on Saturday as a true celebration of the neighborhood. Free and open to all ages, it will include live music, dance, interactive lessons, and fitness classes, among other activities.


Tefaf New York Spring

TEFAF is the world’s largest fair for art, design, and antiques that’s taking place at the Park Ave Armory this weekend. This event will bring together 93 art exhibitors that include a variety of cultural programs. Tickets are $25 if you find your student ID, and $50 for general admission.


WOW (Women of the World Festival)

The Apollo Theater is staying woke this weekend with the WOW festival, featuring performances, activism, and conversations to celebrate the amazing power of women from Harlem and across the globe. It will be sure to WOW everyone with the girl power present.


For events to keep you going throughout the month, check out the below:

Canal Street Market

Although NYC seems to be filled to the brim with markets these days, the Canal Street Market likes to say that they have “the best of NYC under one roof.” Check it out for yourself to determine if it makes the cut with its gourmet-minded food and downtown creative products.


Madison Square Eats

It’s not the start of summer without the return of Madison Square Eats. The foodie paradise is coming back to the Flatiron May 12, bringing together the city’s best eats in one small pop-up space.


New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:

Empire Diner

The Empire Diner is an iconic Chelsea institution and it’s reopening under Chef John Delucie. Think of the revamp as a more gourmet take on American diner classics, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The Empire strikes back! Recapturing the glory days. Come…EAT. 📷: Peter J. Smith for the @wsj

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Bar Uni

Recently opened in Greenpoint, this Japanese inspired menu focuses on seafood, with Uni (sea urchin) being a must-try item.


Art with Watson: Hidden Portraits

IBM’s Cadillac House is known to have some pretty interesting exhibits. “Art with Watson” ends this Sunday, but visit the exhibit beforehand to see how established artists teamed up with Watson and used data to discover the unknown essence of seven notable individuals. It truly makes data feel like a real art form.

NOMOFOMO WHAT: ART WITH WATSON: HIDDEN PORTRAITS. "…teams up established artists with Watson, and uses data to discover and illuminate the unknown essence of seven notable individuals – Charles Darwin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Paul Rand, Josephine Baker and Thomas J. Watson. An exploration that makes data analysis, and the hidden connections it reveals, an actual art form". Step into the "cognitive photobooth" to get your own portrait taken–it takes 7 minutes each fyi, and there was a line of about 15 people when I went. WHO: Evan Stebler, Sean Freeman, Craig Cutler, Taylor James, Gwen Vanhee, Wim Vanhenden, Trevor Gureckis, Peter Hahn, Chris Rowson, Bastien Baumann and Robyn Makinson (with the help of IBM Watson technology). WHERE: Cadillac House, 330 Hudson Street. WHEN: Through May 7, 2017. Weekends from 10am to 5pm, weekdays from 8am to 7pm. FREE. FEED INSPIRATION: #artwithwatson #cadillachouse

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MOMA PS1: Past Skin

This exhibit is being held at MOMA PS1 until September 10, and focuses on projecting into digital realms that in turn shape us. There are six artists featured in Past Skin, and the 20 works include painting, sculpture, drawing, sound, video, and virtual reality.