Restaurant Marketing Ideas for May

Restaurant Marketing Ideas for May

May is here! May has huge traditional holidays ideal for restaurants and other businesses to use for marketing, such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day & Memorial Day!  It also has other lesser known holidays to use for marketing like Pretzel Day!

Business owners can choose from many excellent restaurant marketing ideas for May. May has a large amount of traditional holidays. May also has a great variety of other, wacky and sensible holidays to use for excellent marketing opportunities. Whether your business is in food service, convenience stores, department stores or anything in between, think about using some of these weird, fun holidays for new & interesting marketing possibilities.

For food service-related businesses, here are specific days of the month to get your marketing ideas soaring such as SourDough Bread Day, Deep Dish Pizza Day, Garlic Day, Hamburger Day, Biscuit Day and many more.

Other days that stick out to use for excellent marketing options are: Firefighters’ Day, Hoagie Day, Chocolate Chip Day, Brisket Day, etc.! Using these types of fun holidays to promote your business may result in marketing success you will enjoy and provide a fun, memorable experience for your customers.

We suggest sending two to four textALERTs out to your subscribers every month to keep your business on the top of your customer’s minds and fully engaged with your business. To help you come up with ideas for the campaigns, here is a large list of upcoming May holidays that could be useful.


1 – Golf Day
1 – International Worker’s Day
1 – Lei Day
2 – Baby Day
2 – Password Day
3 – International Tuba Day
3 – Paranormal Day
3 – International Space Day
4 – Star Wars Day
4 – Firefighters’ Day
4 – Join Hands Day
4 – Petite and Proud Day
5 – World Laughter Day
5 – Lemonade Day
5 – Hoagie Day
5 – Nail Day
6 – No Diet Day
6 – Beverage Day
6 – No Homework Day
7 – Roast Leg of Lamb Day
7 – Cosmopolitan Day
7 – World Asthma Day
8 – No Socks Day
8 – Receptionists Day
9 – Moscato Day
9 – Teacher Appreciation Day
10 – Mother Ocean Day
10 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day
10 – Stay Up All Night Night
11 – Eat What You Want Day
11 – Train Day
11 – Twilight Zone Day
11 – International Astronomy Day
12 – International Nurses Day
12 – Nutty Fudge Day
13 – Accounting Day
13 – Top Gun Day
13 – Leprechaun Day
13 – World Cocktail Day
14 – Chicken Dance Day
15 – Chocolate Chip Day
15 – Straw Hat Day
15 – World Meditation Day

16 – Sea Monkey Day

16 – Drawing Day
16 – Waiters Day
17 – World Baking Day
17 – Bike to Work Day
17 – Endangered Species Day
18 – World Whisky Day
18 – Visit Your Relatives Day
18 – Museum Day
18 – Learn to Swim Day
19 – May Ray Day
20 – Pick Strawberries Day
20 – Quiche Lorraine Day
20 – World Bee Day
21 – Waitstaff Day
21 – Memo Day
22 – Goth Day
22 – Maritime Day
23 – Turtle Day
23 – World Product Day
24 – Tiara Day
24 – Brother’s Day
24 – Escargot Day
25 – Tap Dance Day
25 – Geek Pride Day
25 – Wine Day
26 – Blueberry Cheesecake Day
26 – Indianapolis 500
27 – Sun Screen Day
28 – Hamburger Day
28 – Brisket Day
29 – Biscuit Day
29 – Learn about Composting Day
30 – Loomis Day
30 – Water a Flower Day
30 – Mint Julep Day

textALERT examples from last month

Last month, a specialty farm & market located in Ohio sent out a textALERT. They offered their subscribers a FREE pack of beef hot dogs w/$25 purchase. The campaign was able to drive in 7.05% of their total subscribers in one day. They texted 440 subscribers at one time, driving in 31 people to come in, spend at least $25 and redeem the offer. See the message below.

Restaurant Marketing Ideas for May textALERT example

Another textALERT example sent last month was one from Nutrition Faktory in Cookeville, TN. They texted 360 subscribers at one time, driving in 65 people in a three-day span, (18.06%) to redeem an offer of $5.00 store cash toward any purchase!


Download our Marketing Calendar Template to help you plan and organize all your marketing efforts in 2019. With it, you can plan all your social posts, textALERTs, images for MMS marketing and email blasts. Along with restaurant marketing ideas for May, it also has a list of all holidays for each month.

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