Looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Friday? Consider trying tacos from the Old Mexico Restaurant in Rock Island. 

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Cinco de Mayo falls on Friday this year, which means there's no excuse to skip out on a taste of Mexican fare. Read on for five ways to get your Cinco de Mayo on around the Q-C.

1. Taco eating contest

Ever wanted to put your taco eating skills to the test? Here's your chance. As part of a Cinco de Mayo event at Rudy's Tacos, 2214 E. 11th St., Davenport, you can test your chops during a taco eating contest at 5 p.m. Saturday. Saturday’s festivities, set for noon to midnight, also include food and drink specials and live music from the Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Act, Juliana and a Fuller purpose and Wicked Liz & The Bellyswirls. For more information, call 563-322-0668 or visit rudystacos.com.

2. Mariachi music

The Glenview Mariachi Band will be hosting a taco dinner fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria, 3100 7th St, East Moline. You’ll hear tunes from students at Glenview Middle School, which houses the Q-C’s only youth Mariachi band along as well as music from an area hispanic deejay. The dinner costs $6 and includes two tacos, beans, rice, chips and salsa and a drink. For more information, visit emsd37.org/glenview.

3. Run off the tacos

This might be the Q-C’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration. At Ganzo’s Mexican Restaurant, 3923 N. Marquette St., Davenport, expect two days of live music, food and drink specials, a jalapeno eating contest, face painting and a 5k race this weekend. Festivities start at 5 p.m. Friday and the race steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more info, visit cinco.ganzos.com

4. Two days to celebrate

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Azteca 1 Mexican Restaurant is also stretching out Cinco de Mayo into a two-day festival. The tented outdoor party, including live music, food and drink specials, starts up at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the establishment, 4811 N. Brady St., Davenport. For more information, call 563-386-6689.

5. Beer dinner

Catch a Cinco de Mayo beer dinner from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Bent River Brewing Company, 1413 5th Ave., Moline. The feast, priced at $30 per person, includes homemade chips and salsa, a jumbo shrimp appetizer, tortilla soup or salad with fresh lime, avocado and jicama, a choice between two entrees, fried ice cream and specialty drinks. For more information, call 309-797-2722.

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Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).