Tuesday, May 5

It’s Cinco de Mayo, a day of historic significance south of the border that commemorates the Mexican army’s underdog victory over French forces in 1862. North of the border, it’s mostly about cheap tequila drinks and spicy food, which is also worth celebrating. The El Rayo Taqueria in Portland (101 York St.) will have live music, swag give-aways, and a mechanical bull you gringos can try to ride. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 780-TACO. elrayotaqueria.com.