Plan your weekend: Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars, and Kentucky Derby events

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In Charleston, there’s usually plenty of ways tequil-a Saturday – but with the Kentucky Derby, Star Wars Day, and Cinco de Mayo happening this weekend, this is nacho average weekend. Still Juan-dering how you’re going to shell-ebrate? Let’s taco bout it.

Here are cinco of our favorite events happening this weekend that will have you yoda-ling with excitement.

🌮 The 14th Annual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival | May 4 | 7-11 p.m. | Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. | $15+ | Live music, authentic food, drinks,  + dance exhibitions.

💃 Cinco De Mayo Block Party | May 4 | 3-10 p.m. | Mex One Coastal Cantina, 817 St. Andrews Blvd., West Ashley | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | Drink specials, live music, fire performances, axe throwing + more. Tickets for attendees under 21 are just $5, kids under 12 are free.

🌶 Cuatro de Mayo at Container Bar | May 4 | 12-5 p.m. | Container Bar, 2130 Mt. Pleasant St. | A live raffle, music, food trucks, + muchas margaritas. Proceeds benefit the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center.

🌟 Galactic Pub Crawl | May 4 | 4-11 p.m. | Starts at Carolina Ale House, 145 Calhoun St. | $15+ | A celebration of all galactic fandoms (Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Orville, Battlestar Galactica, etc.)

🐎 Kentucky Derby Viewing Party | May 4 | 4-7:30 p.m. | The Establishment CHS, 28 Broad St. | Free | Food + drink specials. A chance at a $100 gift card for whoever shows up in their most extravagant Derby hat.

 

Keep scrolling for more ways to celebrate this weekend of lightsabers, derby hats, and piñatas (oh my!).

 

Cinco de Mayo

Note the date for each event, as many of these *technically* fall on cuatro de Mayo.

🌮 Cinco de Mayo at Tattooed Senorita | May 3-5 | Times vary | Tattooed Senorita, 1846 Old Folly Rd., James Island | Menu prices vary | Drink + food specials all weekend.

🌮 Cinco De Mayo Block Party | May 4 | 3-10 p.m. | Mex One Coastal Cantina, 817 St. Andrews Blvd., West Ashley | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | Cinco De Mayo celebration features drink specials, live music, fire performances, axe throwing + more. Tickets for attendees under 21 are just $5, kids under 12 are free.

🌮 The 14th Annual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival | May 4 | 7-11 p.m. | Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. | $15+ | Live music, authentic food, drinks,  dance exhibitions.

🌮 Quatro de Cake-O | May 4 | 12-6 p.m. | Westbrook Brewing Co. Tasting Room, 510 Ridge Rd. | Free | Westbrook is teaming up with Minero to celebrate the release of its new beer, Mexican Cake – a 10.5% alcohol imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon + habanero peppers. The event will ft. a variety of beers on tap + bites (priced a la carte) from Minero.

🌮 Weekendo de Cinco at Taco Boy | May 4-5 | Times vary | Taco Boy, 217 Huger St. | Menu prices vary | Party allllllll weekend long.

🌮 Cinco de Mayo at El Pincho Taco | May 4 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | El Pincho Taco, 616 Meeting St., Suite C | Menu prices vary | Drink specials all day long + DJGRAFT hitting the 1s and 2s at night.

🌮 Cuatro de Mayo at Container Bar | May 4 | 12-5 p.m. | Container Bar, 2130 Mt. Pleasant St. | A live raffle, music, food trucks, and muchas margaritas, proceeds benefit the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center.

🌮 Aloha Fiesta Cinco De Mayo Weekend | May 3-5 | 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. | Maui Tacos, 200 Meeting St., Suite 2 | Menu prices vary | Weekend specials including $3 margaritas, $2 beef tacos, + more.

 

Star Wars Day

🚀 May the 4th Be With You at Frothy Beard Brewing Co. | May 4 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Frothy Beard Brewing Co. | Free | Arts + crafts for kids and adults alike. Raffle prizes, costume contests, trivia, + more.

🚀 Star Wars Team Trivia Night | May 4 | 8-10 p.m. | Manny’s Mediterannean Grille, 1680 Old Towne Rd., West Ashley | Free to play | Cash prizes for the top three teams, + food and drink specials all day long.

🚀 May the 4th Beer With You 2nd Anniversary Party | May 3-4 | Times vary | Rusty Bull Brewing Co., 3005 W. Montague Ave., Suite 110, North Charleston | Two days of celebration with music, food vendors, + the release of new music.

🚀 Galactic Pub Crawl | May 4 | 4-11 p.m. | Starts at Carolina Ale House, 145 Calhoun St. | $15+ | A celebration of all galactic fandoms (Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Orville, Battlestar Galactica, etc.)

🚀 May the Fourth Be Free Comics + Clearance | May 4 | 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. | The Sparrow, 1078 E Montague Ave., Suite D, North Charleston | $5 suggested donation | A giant selection of free comic books, discounted graphic novels, collector comics, + more.

 

Kentucky Derby

🐎 Kentucky Derby on the Creek | May 4 | 4-10 p.m. | Tavern and Table, 100 Church St., Mt. Pleasant | Giveaways including a $100 gift card for picking the winning horse if your name is chosen, and a $50 gift card for the most festive derby hat.

🐎 Kentucky Derby Viewing Party | May 4 | 5-7:30 p.m. | The Establishment CHS, 28 Broad St. | Food + drink specials. A chance at a $100 gift card for whoever shows up in their most extravagant Derby hat.

🐎 Kenpuppy Derby Party | May 4 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Bay Street Biergarten, 549 E Bay St. | Food and drink specials, a puppy costume contest, and hat contest.

🐎 Seersucker Saturday at The Rooftop | May 4 | 3-7 p.m. | Rooftop Bar at Vendue, 19 Vendue Range | Special derby cocktails + live music.

🐎 Avery Institute Party | May 4 | 4-7 p.m. | TD Arena, McAlister Suite – College of Charleston, 301 Meeting St. | $50 | Food, live entertainment, a cigar bar, + more.

 

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