RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Don’t be the dummy who pays full price for a margarita on Cinco de Mayo. Dozens of local restaurants will be running drinks specials all day long. But if you’re looking for a little more than cheap tequila, try out one of these festive events:

Cinco de Drinko. Ok, this one’s mostly tequila. Ten different vendors will offer tastings of the agave spirit all day long. But there will also be mariachi bands from 2-5 p.m., a D.J. until 9 p.m., and a photographable miniature donkey, Jack the Mini Ass. 2-9 p.m. Pelons Tex Mex, 802 Red River Street. pelonstexmex.com.

Cheer Up Charlies party duo. For a suggested $3 donation, join the Red River establishment from 6-8 p.m. for Circo de Mayo with performances from Matthews Easter Circus, Esther’s Follies and Circo Acts. Enjoy a $4 margarita and free chips and salsa with your live entertainment. At 8 p.m., the Cinco de Mayo Fiestón begins with Peligrosa until 10 p.m., followed by Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda until midnight. Peligrosa’s DJs will round out the night until close. The 21 and up night show will set you back $5. 909 Red River Street. cheerupcharlies.com.

Tacos & Tequila. Shimmy and shake to a live performance from Groupo Fantasma while sampling margaritas special to the event’s menu and nomming on free tacos from Qdoba. Music, margs and muchies: what more could you want? 7-11 p.m. $30. The Belmont, 305 West Sixth Street. thebelmontaustin.com.

Cinco de Mayo Weekend Fiesta. Thirsty Thursday doesn’t fit into your work schedule? There’s nothing wrong with a belated celebration. Join Guadalajara’s Los Master Plus, Master Blaster Sound System and the very busy Peligrosa for a fusion fiesta fit for a Friday. 8 p.m.-close. $8 in advance, $12 day of show, $20 VIP. Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 East Seventh Street. empireatx.com.

If all you’re really looking for is tequila, check out our readers’ favorite places to grab a margarita. Staying in to indulge in chips and dip? See which local salsas we love, or try making your own. ]]