Top Things To Do In Western New York For The Cinco De Mayo Weekend

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In Buffalo, the nation’s top hype town (according to its own claims), every holiday is a party, so you can bet there will be a ton of festivities this weekend to mark Cinco de Mayo. It’s okay if some people choose to celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend by simply eating a few tacos. Around Buffalo, New York, something interesting is always happening.

This weekend, the Taco Festival is back, local breweries are hosting Kentucky Derby watch parties, and there’s a festival where you can sample the flavors of your favorite books.


There are so many things to do in Western New York; the top 10 weekend events are listed below.

Read below which are the top weekend activities taking place in Western New York. Please let us know which of the ones is your favorite after looking over the ones listed below.

Edible Book Festival’s 15th anniversary

May 6th, from 11 am to 2 pm
May 6, 2023, 11 am–2 pm Western New York Book Arts Center 468 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 15th Annual EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL

RiverWorks’ Derby Day

May 6 at 3 p.m.
359 Ganson St, Buffalo, New York, Buffalo RiverWorks
On May 6, 2023, you can experience the Kentucky Derby like never before if you travel to Buffalo RiverWorks. On the main level, admission to the event is free.

Market Not Your Mother’s Day

May 6th, 12 to 5 PM
Buffalo, New York’s Thin Man Brewery is located at 166 Chandler Street.
There will be a photographer available for “Mom & Me” short photography sessions in addition to 20+ artisans selling a selection of products suitable for every parent in your life. You can choose from a variety of sweet and savory goodies in a designated “tasting nook” to share (or not share) with mom!
There is a complete bar in The Loft at Thin Man, and Tappo Pizza is downstairs.

Ages 21 to 51, Buffalo Lock & Key Singles Party at Lockhouse Distillery

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May 6 at 7 p.m.
Buffalo, New York, Lockhouse Distillery and Bar 41 Columbia St.
Single men receive a key, single women receive a lock. The true prize is all the wonderful people you’ll meet as you attempt to match with everyone in the room, so try to unlock to win prize tickets. 20–30 single men or 20–30 single women will you meet.
Make new friends, find your soul mate, or just enjoy yourself! Compared to speed dating, you’ll meet a lot more individuals, and you can chat with the people you like for as long as you wish.


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May 5 at noon through May 6 at 11:30 p.m.
Waterfront and Beach Bar Papi Grande
Buffalo, New York, 301 Ohio St.
To welcome summer, celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend at Papi’s Waterfront & Beach Bar at the Buffalo Waterfront! You won’t want to miss the official start of the season, and we’re also now selling alcohol!


Brunch for Motherless Daughters IV

May 6th, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Buffalo, New York, Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St.
For bereaved daughters on Mother’s Day, our motherless daughter’s breakfast fosters camaraderie and fills the gap.

The Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby Festival

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May 6th, 2 to 7 p.m.
Buffalo, New York, Hartman’s Distilling Co. 55 Chicago St.
The biggest Derby Day celebration in Buffalo! On Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 2 PM, we’ll be celebrating the Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby Day!

Grand Island Half-Marathon GBTC

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May 6, 12 p.m.
Grand Island, New York’s Beaver Island Golf Course
This May, participate in the GBTC Grand Island Half Marathon in Grand Island.

Taco & Tequila Bar Crawl at Buffalo Fiesta Con

May 6th, from 1 to 4 PM
403 Main St., Buffalo, NY is home to the Buffalo Downtown Market.
Chippewa is being overtaken by the Cinco de Mayo crawl!

BBQ, Blues, and Bikes Festival

May 6th, 3 to 9 p.m.
The Backlot Entertainment Venue, Akron, NY, 11891 Main St.
The second annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival takes place in May, which is also motorcycle safety awareness month. The Soul Men will be the event’s headliner, supported by a full band.

Although there are many options on the list, I would pick the Edible Book Festival if I had to pick just one. You don’t get to practically eat someone else’s words every day, after all.

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There are some enjoyable Cinco De Mayo-specific celebration events, though; the ones nearest to you are listed below.

7 Events For Cinco de Mayo in Buffalo in 2023

Pour Taproom Buffalo (490 Pearl)
You can listen to The Middleaged Dirtbags on Cinco de Mayo, from 8pm-11pm! Pre-sale tickets are $5, and tickets at the door will be $10 beginning at 7:30pm.
Enjoy 56 rotating taps of Beer, Wine, and Cider while being thrown back to the best music of the 2000’s! Band will play inside, but the patio will also be open all evening.

Hombre Y Lobo
Cinco De Mayo Rooftop Party is happening on Sunday, May 07, 2023 at 01:00PM EDT at Hombre y Lobo– Tacos and Tequila with tickets starting at $37.07
Hombre y Lobo Is hosting its second annual Cinco De Mayo Rooftop dance party, Sunday, May 7th from 1-5PM. The party will feature Pueblo Viejo Tequila and International Latin DJ Tatiana, bringing all the dance party vibes! We’ll be serving a limited food/drink menu. Dance, dance, dance, rain or shine, we’re going to live our best life and enjoy some of our favorite people and Mexican food with one of the best views In Buffalo.
Ticket Includes 1 free drink.

Days Park Tavern: Buffalo Margarita & Mimosa Fest

Buffalo Margarita & Mimosa Fest will be on Saturday, May 6.

A delicious cocktail celebration with a bar hop! with 3 bars and restaurants! $5 Teremana Tequila Margaritas, $4 Labatt Hard Seltzer, $4 Ruby Red Kolsch, and $4 Mimosas are available! Enjoy your long weekend, Buffalo!
Meat Raffle for Cinco de Mayo at Cornerstone CFCU Arena

For a fun-filled evening, the Cinco de Mayo Meat Raffle at the Cornerstone CFCU Arena is BACK.

Purchase tickets at the link below for $10 each or $75 for a table of eight.

Pop, water, and beer are provided for patrons over 21. All ages 12 and up are welcome. Bring your preferred munchies, then relax down for some entertainment!

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West Seneca’s Don Juan Mexican Restaurant
At a local favorite for authentic Mexican food, there are all-day food and drink specials, a live DJ, a party tent, dancing, and loads of giveaways and merchandise!

Elmwood Taco & Subs’ Cinco De Mayo Party
Son BoriKua, the best Mariachi band in the area, will give a special performance at this FREE family-friendly event on May 5 at 5:30 p.m.
With appetizers, beer, wine, and the introduction of our NEW SPIKED SLUSHIES, the patio and bar outside are stocked. Customers who purchase one of the first 100 spiked drinks will receive a limited-edition ETS chameleon tumbler with straw.
Additional giveaways include ETS gift cards, hot sauce in bottles, and more!
On our outside terrace, you may spend a night with cocktails, food, and live music while taking in the Elmwood Strip.

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Party for Cinco de Mayo at Deep South Taco
Three days of entertainment, music, and, of course, DST-Ritas make up the Weekend Street Festival. 12 bands will perform on our street stage on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Western New York is expected to have a great weekend, but is that really surprising? Make a sensible decision because there is always something to do in Buffalo and the F.O.M.O. is real.

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