The Best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in the U.S

Cinco de Mayo celebrations

The hottest cities for margaritas and mariachis

Ready to spice up your spring? Cities across the U.S. are gearing up for epic Cinco de Mayo celebrations that are all about the vibrant culture and traditions of Mexico. So grab your sombrero and gather up your amigos… It’s time to make memories that’ll have you smiling long after the mariachi band stops playing!

From sizzling street tacos to lively fiestas, here are our top spots for a Cinco de Mayo adventure.

  • Albuquerque, NM

    Albuquerque’s fun-filled Cinco de Mayo celebrations highlight the city’s unique heritage, a combination of Mexican, Native American, and Spanish influences.

    Head to Old Town Plaza, the city’s historic focal point first. The plaza comes alive with mariachi bands, traditional dances, and some seriously delicious Mexican cuisine.

    Throughout the day, you can browse the stalls set up by local artisans to sell their handmade crafts, jewelry, and artwork. Or sample some of the authentic dishes served by the food trucks and vendors lining the plaza: street tacos, tamales, and aguas frescas.

    When you’re done browsing (and eating!) around Old Town, check out some of the other Cinco de Mayo celebrations. From lively street parties to art exhibitions and concerts, there’s plenty for you guys to do in Albuquerque on the 5th!

  • Denver, CO

    The Mile High City has one of the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country, drawing thousands of visitors each year.

    The festivities begin at the Civic Center Park, where you can catch live music and folkloric dance performances. While you’re there, hit up the delicious food vendors for Mexican delights.

    If all of that dancing leaves you thirsty, you’re in luck! While Denver is known for its craft beer scene, many local breweries offer special Cinco de Mayo-themed flavors to mark the occasion. Plus, you can’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo without a refreshing margarita, and Denver’s bars and restaurants serve up some of the best in town!

  • Los Angeles, CA

    With its vibrant Mexican-American community, it’s no surprise that L.A. is known for the liveliness of its Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

    From historically Latino neighborhoods such as Boyle Heights to bustling areas like East L.A., you’ll find plenty of cultural experiences and diverse festivities honoring the city’s Mexican heritage.

    But if you want the most authentic celebration in town, head to Olvera Street, the oldest part of L.A. Today, it’s home to a Mexican marketplace where you can find cafes, street vendors, and artisanal shops filled with folk art and handmade items.

    Listen to mariachis, take in traditional dance performances by Aztec and Mexican dancers, and snack on authentic Mexican dishes as you stroll around the plaza.

  • San Antonio, TX

    Looking for the biggest fiesta in town? Then head to San Antonio, which hosts one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country.

    Historic Market Square, also known as El Mercado, is the heart of the city’s festivities. Spend the day wandering around the colorfully decorated marketplace, where you can shop for artisanal crafts, listen to live music, and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine while soaking up the lively atmosphere.

    After hours, head to the city’s iconic River Walk, where the margaritas flow and Mexican restaurants abound. The tranquil riverbank is the perfect backdrop for your celebration!

  • San Francisco, CA

    The City by the Bay prides itself on its cultural diversity, and its Cinco de Mayo celebrations reflect the city’s inclusive spirit.

    San Francisco’s vibrant ethnic neighborhoods, such as the Mission District with its deep Latino roots, come alive with street fairs and live music. Explore the area’s world-famous murals, stop into the local taquerias, and enjoy the Mexican-themed festivities.

    And May is the ideal time to visit San Francisco. The city makes full use of the mild weather, with Cinco de Mayo festivities taking place in parks and other outdoor spaces. Sunshine, iconic views, and Mexican food? Count us in!

Sure, you can enjoy Cinco de Mayo at your favorite local Mexican restaurant. But for a truly authentic fiesta, head to one of these destinations and celebrate in style!

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