Though many people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, which falls on September 16, it is actually a commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Celebrated primarily in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, U.S. cities, especially those with a significant Mexican population, have embraced the holiday with cultural festivities.

Today’s Celebration

Businesses and residents throughout Ventura County will be celebrating Cinco do Mayo this Saturday with traditional food, beverages and activities. To join in the fun, find a location near you. They include:


CINCO DE MAYO AMIGOS TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT 6-11 p.m. Join Casa Pacifica Amigos and enjoy an evening of poker, tacos and tequila! Bring a friend and help raise money for the Amigo Events provided to the kids of Casa Pacifica. Prizes for the three top finishers! Seating is limited. $40 buy-in. Santa Rosa Valley Estate, 2792 Redondo Avenue, Camarillo. For more information, call Stephanie Carmi (818) 274-9363.

CINCO DE MAYO @ PADDYS $4 Coronas and $4 Cuervo shots all day long and into the night. The DJ music and the dance floor will start bumping at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.paddysventura.com.

5 DE MAYO @ EL REY CANTINA Live music, food and drinks in the spirit of Cinco De Mayo at both Ventura and Camarillo locations! El Rey Camarillo will feature live music by Purple Stain, a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band. El Rey Ventura live performance is TBA. For more information, visit www.elreycantina.com.

CINCO DE MAYO MURDER MYSTERY DINNER AT SIMI VALLEY WOOD RANCH GOLF CLUB 6-11 p.m. A night of murder mystery intrigue, dinner and dancing to follow. Everyone is invited! $65 non-members/guest. For more information, call Lulu at 527-9663 or e-mail memberrelations@woodranchgc.com.

CINCO DE MAYO @ W2O LOUNGE AND W GALLERY 5 p.m. live performance by The Bomb, full bar with drink specials. 7 p.m. live performance by INSTONE, loco drink specials. 21 S. California Street in downtown Ventura. For more information, call 643-6800 or visit www.watermarkonmain.com.