10 Best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Denver Celebrate Culture Festival

Chihuahua races, taco-eating contests, green chili cook-offs, and amateur boxing matches are just a few things Denver’s 27th Cinco De Mayo celebration has to offer, along with traditional Mexican dancers and music.

Puebla, Mexico

Celebrate in the city where Cinco de Mayo was originated – through there, it’s called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. In Puebla, the holiday serves as a commemoration of the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

San Antonio Market Square

With one of the highest populations of Mexican-Americans in the US, Market Square celebrates with delicious margaritas, traditional Tex-Mex and Folklorico dancing.

New York City

Embark on a margarita bar crawl, enjoy mariachi bands parading through downtown NYC, view colorful floats or just eat some of the best Mexican food on the East Coast to celebrate Latin heritage in America’s largest melting pot.

Los Angeles

If one day just isn’t enough, take part in Fiesta Broadway where the city's El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument gets decked out with Mexican flags and visitors dance, listen to Mexican folk tales and eat fresh Mex.

National Cinco de Mayo Festival, Washington, D.C.

The National Cinco de Mayo Festival goes beyond Mexican culture, and instead celebrates all of Latin America, with performers coming from Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Argentina, and Nicaragua to perform at the Washington Monument.


This 5th annual three-day festival features live music, food, arts & crafts, activities for families and children, and the best performers from south-of-the-border.

Dolores Park, San Francisco

One of the nation’s only alcohol-free festival, this celebration is the most family-friendly, including games, music, dance, arts and crafts and a special kid’s zone.

St. Paul, MN

District Del Sol on the West Side of St. Paul delivers three stages of live performance, a lowrider car show, 5k race and a parade down Cesar Chavez Street.


This 21st annual festival is the largest in the Southwest, with live entertainment, local band legends, ballet Folklorico, cultural food, family activities, and the valley’s best vendors, food and drinks.