Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend? There’s plenty to do, from the family-friendly to adults only. But before we dig into that, let’s take a look at why Cinco de Mayo is an important date in history.
Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. Ironically, it seems to be a bigger festivity in America than in Mexico. The day commemorates “the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War” (History.com).
By all rights, Mexico shouldn’t have won the Battle of Puebla. They were outnumbered (2,000 to 6,000) by a better-prepared, trainedf army. But they did, and it was a “symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement.”
Things to do Friday – Sunday
- May 3 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Friday,
5pm– 9pm, South El Monte Community Center, South El Monte
- May 3 – Anaheim Cinco de Mayo in La Palma Park – Friday, 9pm
- May 4 – Historical Venice Cinco de Mayo – Saturday, 7am – 3pm, Oakwood Recreation Center, Venice
- May 4-5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Olvera Street, 11am – 9pm, El Pueblo Historical Monument
- May 4 – Cinco de Mayo fun at Arcadia Gilb Museum – Saturday, noon –
- May 5 – Lucha VaVoom Psychedelic Cinco at the Mayan Theater – tickets available for Sunday only (Friday and Saturday nights are sold out)
- May 5 – Free Cinco de Mayo Family Festival – Sunday,
11am– 2pm, Star Bright Montessori, Anaheim
- May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! – Fun for the whole family! – Sunday,
11am– 4pm, Asher Caffe & Lounge
- May 5 – Cinco de Mayo at Cafe Nela – Sunday, 5 bands, $5, starting at
5pmon 5/5 – Los Angeles
- May 5 – 37th Annual Cinco de Mayo at Barnes Park – Sunday,
1pm– 6pm, Barnes Park Amphitheater
More to do!
- Check with your local library for events, too! Many events will be held on Saturday.
- The Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles (Border Grill DTLA, Rosa Mexicano L.A. LIVE, El Vez at The Down & Out, Cinco de Mayan Theatre, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Ace Hotel DTLA, Petty Cash Taqueria – Grand Central Market, Mezcalero DTLA,
NixoPatio Lounge, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, The Coliseum, Guelaguetza Restaurant, Estar Guars Weekend, Big Bar, The Tam, Lucky Strike Live, LONO Hollywood …)
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