Cinco de Mayo celebration to sizzle in downtown Amarillo

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Top Tejano, norteño and cumbia bands and a sizzling array of sumptuous meats will have downtown Amarillo hopping at the annual Cinco de Mayo Fajita Festival on Thursday.

The event, sponsored by Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and will move this year to Southeast Fourth Avenue and Grant Street, near the old Santa Fe depot.

"There are much wider streets and longer blocks there," said Patricia Baca of the Hispanic Chamber. "We outgrew our location on Polk Street."

More than 35 cooking teams will serve fajitas to the crowds, and about 60 booths will offer other foods, drinks and more. (Panhandle PBS will be on hand with cookies from Carrie's Cakes & Cupcakes Too, so make sure to find us!)

Live music kicks off early at 4:45 p.m. with La Vimada Norteña, followed by Fela y Su Grupo Silver at 6 p.m., Los Hijos del Pueblo at 7 p.m. and Los EnVivo Kings at 8 p.m.

"We're bringing in some entertainment that's appealing to everyone," Baca said.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the event.

Los EnVivo Kings will headline an after-party at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, 727 S. Polk St., and Los Hijos del Pueblo will play an after-party at Ocho Segundos, 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.

Other Cinco de Mayo festivities include:

  • Happy hour specials on food and drinks all day at Ruby Tequila's Mexican Kitchen, 2001 S. Georgia St. and 3616 Soncy Road
  • Live music on the patio by Smokey City Rhythm Revue from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Joe Taco, 7312 Wallace Blvd.
  • Drink specials from Thursday through Sunday at Old Santa Fe Lounge, 4901 S. Western St.
  • "Drinko de Wino" at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541, featuring Bar Z sangria, a fajita bar and music by Jason Patrick. Tickets are $25.
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