Street festivals are a sure sign that summer is near, just like sunflowers in bloom or snowmen screaming in agony. Celebrate the eternal cycle with this GrouponLive deal to the 7th Annual Charleston Cinco De Mayo Festival at The Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed Terminal. For $10, you get two general-admission tickets for those 13 and older on Saturday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (a $20 value). Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free.
The 7th Annual Charleston Cinco De Mayo Festival turns the Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed Terminal into an energetic spectacle of Mexican culture that brings people together with food, dancing, and live music. Revelers sip salt-rimmed margaritas and bite into authentic cuisine from vendors such as Pollo Tropical, Vallarta Grill, and El Dorado as the brassy strains of live salsa music leap from Orquesta Mayor's 15-piece band. DJ Luigi, DJ Leo, DJ E1, and DJ Antrax mix up jams throughout the night as a trio of dance troupes exhibit their skilled undulations.
Guests can take part in a number of contests throughout the evening, including a salsa dance-off, competitions for the funniest mustache and largest sombrero, and the Tequila Olympics. Kids 12 and younger get in for free to give their attention to the Robot Optimus laser show and whack a piñata to vent their frustration at falling for another Ponzi scheme. Apart from bringing together the different cultures of Charleston, the event aims to raise awareness and funds for Nuevos Caminos, a nonprofit organization advocating empowerment of Hispanic families through education and outreach in topics such as parenting and life skills.