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


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.


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