Cinco de Mayo - Northwoods Style


If you thought Cinco de Mayo is a holiday based on sombreros, limes, and salt-rimmed margaritas... you're in for a treat. The holiday commemorates a battle on May 5th, 1862 that was an unexpected + astonishing victory of the Mexican army over French forces. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican's Independence Day, Mexico didn't win their independence until 1867.  "Cinco de Mayo" became the rally cry each year to remain focused on regaining their country and their remaining heritage. Learn more about the tradition here, here, + here.

Around the world, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in various ways; from a month-long celebration + parade with over 20,000 people in both Mexican and French costumes in the town of Puebla (where the battle took place) to mariachi bands, colorful decorations, + fiestas in the United States and parts of Canada. Celebrate the holiday in your own style in the North.

local fiestas

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at an establishment in your community - live music, good food, + delicious drinks! Each with their own fun spin on the holiday, we've gathered a few of our suggestions. 

Combine the opening weekend of fishing + Cinco de Mayo for Cinco de Walleye at The Pines!
At Heart of The North, Cinco de Mayo + the Kentucky Derby collides for Mexitucky - ever celebrated that? Us either!
Enjoy a lunchtime fiesta at Snow's Market with made-to-order tacos

Manitowish Waters:
Cheers to horse racing and tequila at The Pea Patch. Drink specials galore - Mexican mules, margaritas, chavelas, and of course - tequila + more tequila. 

Enjoy craft beer + taco at Cold Iron Brewing for Taco Dan's taco truck, cold beer, + live music. Event info here.

Get your heart pumping as you pedal to tunes in a spin class, join Studio 715 for their Cinco de Mayo ride!
Food, beer, + bikes - head to Northwoods Harley-Davidson for their Cinco de Mayo party!

Park Falls:
If Mexican beer + burracho beans sound delicious, Park Falls Gastropub's Cinco de Mayo fiesta is your party.


Mexican Night

Get your Mexican fix all year long by stopping into a local restaurant for their Mexican night happening on various days of the week. Chimichangas + margs = yum! 

Mondays: Norwood Pines
Wednesdays: The Black Oak Inn
Thursdays: The Pea Patch + Chef Rene's at Timber Ridge 
Always (duh!): Chico's North of the Border (a Northerly favorite), The Watering Hole Cantina, + El Dorado


tacos, tamales, + tequila

Invite over a few friends + neighbors and create your own fiesta! Start your party with a Manitowish Margarita - a classic marg with a bold cranberry spin to it! If your group likes to join in on the cooking, make Red Chile Pork Tamales (Northerly note: this recipe has become a favorite in Becca's family!). If you love tried + true favorites, choose a few recipes from Good Housekeeping Magazine's Mexican recipe series or Chequamegon Food Co-Op's blog. If you're adventurous, pick a recipe from The Smithsonian's Cinco de Mayo recipe collection - the chalupas sound amazing! Or, skip deciding on a recipe altogether and have a fiesta box from Martha + Marley Spoon delivered right to your door!

Just remember, what beats a plate full of nachos? ...Nothing.


get festive

Nothing says a party, like party favors. Your fiesta needs these "Shake Your Margarita" or "Here For A Good Lime" gummy candies from Sugarfina. Decorate your home with papel picado banners and a piñata! Be traditional, make your guacamole with a molcajete + tejolete - which also doubles as an impressive serving dish. Don't forget your pup - your dog definitely needs a Cinco Dog Mayo toy bundle. As you sip on Mexican beer + margs, play a board game - we love playing the domino game Mexican Train


Whatever style you celebrate, happy Cinco de Mayo!