Best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in the United States

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that takes place on May 5th in the United States and Mexico. The holiday commemorates the victory of Mexican soldiers over the French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo celebrations occur throughout the United States, with some being slightly more popular than others.

Denver, Colorado– The Mile-High City celebrates its 30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival May 6 and 7, 2017 at Civic Center Park. The event sees over 400,000 visitors each year. The festival kicks off with a parade and features 2 large stages providing live entertainment, as well as vendors showcasing handcrafted Mexican goods and more than 350 authentic Mexican food vendors.

Portland, Oregon– The 33rd Annual Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta takes place May 5, 6 and 7, 2017 at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This event is Oregon’s largest multicultural festival. It features an Artisan Village, which showcases artisans from Jalisco, Mexico and live entertainment from some of Mexico’s best Mariachi bands. Kids will love the Cinco de Mayo Funtastic Carnival and the Cinco de Mayo Plaza de Ninos, which features arts and crafts as well as face painting.

Reno, Nevada– The Cinco de Mayo Festival takes place April 29 and 30, 2017 at the Grand Sierra Resort. It is the largest Hispanic heritage celebration in Northern Nevada. The festival features more than 100 food vendors, as well as an array of artisan vendors. Live entertainment is provided from Mexico’s most popular bands and performances from Mexican dancing horses.

San Francisco, California– This year, the 13th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival takes place on May 6, 2017 on Valencia Street in the Mission District. It is a block party event that occurs between 21st and 24th Street. The festival sees an average of 8,000 visitors each year and features an adverse range of over 75 vendors, featuring arts, crafts and foods. Also, there are 2 large stage areas showcasing live entertainment including salsa, Latin hip hop and mariachi performers. There is also a kid’s area, featuring magic shows, crafts and a petting zoo.

Mamasita Amber
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14 Responses to “Best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in the United States

    4 years ago

    I’ve never been to a Cinco de Mayo celebration but here in Omaha we do have a lot of diversity. My best friend is Mexican and she goes every year with her family to the celebration held in the city because we have a lot of Mexicans in the city and even Mexican shops and grocery stores! I love it! I may take the kids this year if time permits.

  • How fun! I put this post in my pinterest bucket list for future reference. How fun would that be to travel around and try different festivals??

  • I love that you posted the celebrations all over the US! Since moving to NY from California, we haven’t been to a cinco de Mayo celebrations, but you made me want to look them up 😉

  • I love learning about the cultural traditions of other cultures. Cinco de Mayo is such a colorful and festive holiday.

  • That’s so cool to see how Cinco De Mayo is celebrated in other parts of the country. Usually the people out here just use it as an excuse to eat tacos and drink beer. But then again, that could be any holiday. LOL

  • Ooh! The Portland Cinco de Mayo celebration looks fabulous! We’ll have to incorporate that into a road trip one of these years!

  • Those look like so much fun! Here in Texas, there are a lot of celebrations that go on for Cinco de Mayo as well. It is neat to see how many different takes on the celebration there are across the country!

  • We love checking out the festivities In Albuquerque! Cinco de Mayo is big here! I haven’t actually seen any other places that celebrate it cuz I’m always home during this time!

  • I really wish we celebrated Cinco de Mayo in the UK, it sounds like the best celebration in the year and we just don’t do it. I love all the colourful dresses and wonderful music and would love to take part! x

  • It looks like these are so much fun! I haven’t been to a Cinco De Mayo celebration in a long time.

    Elizabeth O.
    4 years ago

    It’s awesome when people get together to celebrate such a fun day. I’m sure these are worth going to!

    4 years ago

    How fun! I think all these types of celebrations are so much fun and would love to get in on them. Would be a lot of fun for the family!

    Katrina gehman
    4 years ago

    my daughter is half Mexican and we celbrate every year. i love making horchata.

    4 years ago

    Oooo all of these sound so fun!!!!! Nothing that exciting happens in our town. It’s basically just a taco and margarita holiday lol

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