In addition to every Mexican restaurant and bar having Cinco de Mayo specials and more than the usual number of strolling mariachis, Los Angeles has the largest Cinco de Mayo street fair in the world, as well as many smaller celebrations in individual neighborhoods.
Cinco de Mayo, literally Fifth of May, is a holiday originating in Puebla, Mexico to commemorate the last foreign battle on North American soil. The Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
While Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Pueblo and some other parts of Mexico, it is not an official national holiday in Mexico. However it has gained popularity around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage. It is often confused outside of Mexico with Mexican Independence Day, the biggest Mexican holiday, which is September 16 or Dieciseis de Septiembre.
There are Cinco de Mayo festivals in Mexican-American communities across the United States, but the largest Cinco... de Mayo celebrations are right here in Los Angeles.
This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venues for the most current information.
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Fiesta Broadway is multi-block street fair with music, games and vendor booths in Downtown LA. It used to be a mile long, but it's now just the several blocks around Grand Park. Usually the last Sunday in April.
When: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 11 am - 6 pm
Where: Broadway from Temple to 4th Street, including Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles
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Friday night there will be live music and dancing in the Plaza Kiosko, followed by a traditional celebration over the weekend with mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities for the kids at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
When: Friday, May 5, 2017, noon - 6 pm, May 5 noon to 6 pm, May 6-7, 2017 weekend festival, Sat 12-7 pm, Sun 9 am - 4 pm
Where: Olvera Street pedestrian zone at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles
Metro: Red Line to Union Station
Info: (213) 289-4641, www.elpueblo.lacity.org
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There will be a new celebration at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes this year for Cinco de Mayo. Hecho in LA: Taco Madness '17 is an adult food and drink festival presented by L.A. Taco and I LOVE MICHELADAS. The 21+ event will feature the city's best micheladas (Mexican beer cocktails) and tacos from street food carts, stands and trucks to award-winning chefs and restaurants. There will also be DJ's and live art. This is adjacent to the Olvera Street festival above.
When: Friday, May 5, 2017, 6 pm to midnight
Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St , Los Angeles, 90012
Metro: Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station
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The largest Mexican-American community in Orange County celebrates with two days of festivities including carnival rides, games, music, dance and lots of food on historic 4th Street (Calle Cuatro) in downtown Santa Ana. Friday night is only carnival rides, with the rest of the festival starting on Saturday.
When: May 6-7, 2017, Friday 6-9 pm, Sat noon - 9, Sun noon - 8
Where: 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana
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A crazy Mexican combination of acrobatic masked wrestlers, burlesque, striptease and comedy. The touring show is stopping in Los Angeles for two nights for Cinco de Mayo.
When: May 4-5, 2017, 8 pm (doors open at 7)
Where: The Mayan Theater, 1038 South Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Cost: $48.50. Check Goldstar for discount tickets.
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Some of the fiercest lucha libre wrestlers around will step into the ring for La Bulla at Plaza de la Raza Gallery in Los Angeles.
When: May 6, 2017, 7 pm
Where: Plaza de la Raza Gallery, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Cost: $20. Check Goldstar for discount tickets.
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An authentic Mexican buffet and mariachi music on the Main Lawn at Descanso Gardens. Reservations required.
When: Friday, May 5, 2017, 6 - 9 pm
Where: Descanso Gardens Main Lawn, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge CA, 91011
Cost: $50 per person, cash bar.
Info & Reservations
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Take a Cinco de Mayo-themed pub or club crawl through Hollywood with drink specials at each venue. Both crawls start at The Outpost. The club crawl runs both Friday and Saturday.
When: May 5, 2017, 6 pm to 2 am, check in by 10 pm
Where: Outpost Hollywood, 1624 North Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles,CA 90028
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If you're on the west side, you can take your Cinco de Mayo pub crawl in Santa Monica. The crawl starts at The Outpost.
When: May 5, 2017, 6 pm to 2 am, check in by 10 pm
Where: Circle Bar, 2926 Main St, Santa Monica, CA
Info & Tickets
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The castle courtyard at Citadel Outlets will be decorated for the Cinco de Mayo celebration, a two-day festival May 6-7 featuring live ballet folklorico and mariachi performances.
When: May 6-7, 2017, 12-2 pm, Street tacos in the Center Court from noon to 7 pm.
Where: Citadel Outlets Center Court, 100 Citadel Drive, Suite 480 Los Angeles, CA 90040