For many in Kenai, Cinco de Mayo marks the start of spring and after a winter of cabin fever, celebrants love getting outside. Every year, the Young Professionals of Kenai host a Parking Lot Party open to the public. Head to Mad Moose Bar and Grill and look for the tent from 4 – 7 p.m. All guests must be 21+. The $20 cover charge includes one drink and an all you can eat taco bar. Live music, dancing, and drink specials ensure this will be a fiesta to remember.

Double O Express at the local Kenai Airport offers specials all day long with Mexican-Alaskan fusion twists. You’ll also want to check out the parties at Don Jose’s, a local Alaska chain known for their generous margarita pours and incredible Cinco de Mayo specials.

Far from the Border

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the battle at Pueblo where the Mexican Army overcame French forces. However, now in the US it’s considered a cultural celebration. Kenai might be far from the Mexican border, but you’ll find deals on drinks and dishes at many restaurants in town.

Another great way to celebrate? Join the Cinco de Mayo tortilla-making workshop. Hosted at the library May 5, learn how to make scratch-made corn tortillas. Cheese and salsa are on site for a hearty lunch, or take some home with you. The workshop is free, but maxes out at 12 people so call (907) 283-4378 and sign up early.