A sand-laden parking lot playa is not in the cards for Cinco de Mayo at The Cantina this year, but the festivities will still abound at the longtime May 5th go-to spot, as it will be at Mill Valley’s fantastic array of Mexican restaurants, all of whom have outdoor seating.

For Cinco de Mayo, set for Wednesday, May 5, The Cantina boasts a lengthy menu of margaritas and traditional Mexican fare at 10 fire pit tables on the patio or in the well-spaced parking lot  with plenty of umbrellas and heaters. The Cantina is at 651 East Blithedale Ave. MORE INFO.

Speaking of playas, Playa Mill Valley will have a DJ-in house on May 5, as well as a host of specials, including surf and turf burrito with steak, shrimp, caramelized onion, guacamole, chipotle crema and cotija cheese. Playa is at 41 Throckmorton Ave. MORE INFO.

Miller Avenue has two of the best Mexican restaurants in Marin with both Grilly’s and Joe’s Taco Lounge basking in colorful decorations and outdoor table seating. Grilly’s is at 493 Miller Ave. (MORE INFO), and Joe’s is at 382 Miller Avenue (MORE INFO). And if you prefer to stay on the east side of town, Parranga in Strawberry Village is the move. Parranga is at 800 Redwood Hwy. MORE INFO.

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