Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French, who invaded the east coast of Mexico near Veracruz in 1861. The battle took place on May 5, 1962, near the town of Puebla, and it’s been celebrated in a big way on that date ever since.
With Cinco de Mayo celebrations just around the corner, there are a ton of opportunities to get in on the action. But with so many options, it’s tough to hone in on the ones that are most definitely worth your time, so we did it for you. The following Cinco de Mayo celebrations are the biggest and best from San Francisco to Miami.
Why celebrate on one day when you can celebrate for two days? The Cinco de Mayo Brickell festival is a two-day event that features everything you could want in a Cinco de Mayo celebration: Giant margaritas, live mariachis, tasty food, and a bunch of fun party favors. Plus, the event is totally pet-friendly, so you can bring your favorite furry loved one along for the ride.
Every year, hundreds of Orange County residents flock to La Palma Park for another two-day Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Beginning at 8 am on May 4th and ending at 7 pm on May 5th, the event features everything from dance competitions to live music performances to carnival rides and games. And there’s an abundance of Mexican food and drinks, like horchata and aqua frescos, to elevate the fun.
If you’re in the Bay Area come May 5th, then put on your finest Mexican garb and head to the Marina District for the annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl. One $15 ticket will grant you free admission into a bevy of bars that offer all kinds of killer drink specials for the big day. Just be sure to pace yourself—the celebration lasts for seven hours, from 1 - 8 pm.
The KVJ Show on 97.9 FM WRFM is heading to Rosalita’s for a vibrant Cinco de Mayo celebration. The $9.79 WRMF Cinco de Mayo special will get you a delicious cheese enchilada, shredded beef burro, rice and beans, and your choice of a Corona or margarita. There will also be free tequila shots from the Jose Cuervo Girls and live music, karaoke, and salsa dancing in addition to face painting and a balloon artist.
If you’re in the Long Beach area on May 5th, then head to The Harbor at 2 pm to begin what is sure to be an unforgettable Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl. After having a few drinks at The Harbor, where you’ll enjoy exclusive drink specials and party favors, you’ll continue your celebration at bars up and down Pine Ave before ending the day with a dance session at Shannon’s upper deck club.
This three-day, 36th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is one of the largest you’ll find anywhere north of the border. On May 3-5, dancers, bands, and a stream of lowriders will flock to Old Town to treat partygoers to all kinds of fun events and experiences. Whether you’re watching the lowrider parade, following the roving mariachi band, or partaking in dozens of other activities, you’ll be greeted with endless food and drink specials from the likes of Miguel’s, Fred’s Mexican Cafe, and other festive vendors.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations should never be cut short, and this day-long celebration at Draughtsman ensures you’ll have ample time to celebrate. Beginning at 11 am, you can head to the bar for all-day $5 margaritas, live music, and a taco cart on the patio to satisfy all of your munchies. Additionally, the Draughtsman is serving a limited-edition menu of tasty grub and offering free entry to all partygoers.
The 10th-annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lucha Vavoom is unlike any other. Offering masked Mexican wrestling matches, aerial performances, burlesque shows, and plenty of live music, this is an event you most definitely don’t want to miss. The event takes place over three days, from May 3-5, so there are plenty of opportunities to partake in it, and it costs a flat fee of $50.
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