Cinco de Mayo in LA

Cinco de Mayo in LA

Cinco de Mayo might be on a Tuesday this year, but that just means we get to party all weekend AND through the next week! Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, but here in the States it’s really just an excuse to excessively eat and drink (while wearing sombreros) without the least bit of shame. Here’s my list of celebrations that take a decidedly higher road … and some that are just downright good times.

Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Olvera Street
MAY 2-3: If you’re going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you may as well do it at the birth site of Los Angeles. The family festivities take place daily from 10am to 10pm with live entertainment including mariachis, folklorico and food all weekend. More info:

Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Museum of Latin American Art
MAY 3: Celebrate Cinco on the 4th at this museum in Long Beach dedicated to contemporary Latin art. Target Free Sundays features free art workshops, live music, dancing, zumba workouts and museum tours. There’s also a ticketed event 11am-5pm at the Balboa Events Center with craft beer tasting, food and live mariachi music. More info:

Cinco de Mayo @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
MAY 4: This free family festival takes place 1pm-4pm on the outdoor promenade at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Meet “La Chiquibaby” from 107.5 K-LOVE and enjoy live music plus crafts for children and Mexican food. Bring lawn chairs and grab a spot on the lawn. More info:

Cinco de Mayo Festival – Santa Ana
MAy 2-4: The largest Mexican-American community in Orange County is celebrating Cinco for three days on 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana with a full-on street fair that includes food vendors, live entertainment, carnival rides, games and plenty of family fun. More info:

Viva La Fiesta Block Party – West Hollywood
MAy 4: Tortilla Republic is hosting a Cinco party on Sunday, May 4th with live mariachis, special guest DJs, tacos and margaritas with proceeds benefiting Project Angel Food. Just don’t forget to wear your sombrero–they’re looking to break a world record (or at least national record) of having the most sombreros in one place. More info:

Four Seasons Spa – Beverly Hills
ANYTIME: You can drink tequila like everybody else on Cinco de Mayo, but why not take it to the next level and slather it all over your body? The Spa at Four Seasons has partnered with Casamigos Tequila to create a series of toast-worthy Punta Mita spa treatments including a margarita scrub with a massage of sage oil and tequila. It’s all the fun without the hangover. More info:

Calle Tacos – Hollywood
MAY 3-5: Permanently parked on Hollywood Boulevard, the Calle Tacos food truck is celebrating Cinco de Mayo (and their two-year anniversary) all weekend with a major fiesta with live music, food deals, $5 Colossal Margaritas, Mexican Paradise photo booth and lots of surprises. More info:

Metalachi @ The Roxy – West Hollywood
MAY 4: Rock out to the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band at the Roxy. This annual tradition is when these wild & crazy guys crank out metal jams from “Crazy Train” to “Breaking the Law” in full-blown mariachi style. Andale pues! More info:

Amor Y Tacos – Cerritos
ANYTIME: For a laidback Cinco spot, this unexpected Latin-Mex find from two-time “Hell’s Kitchen” judge Thomas Ortega is where you can get delish margaritas like Pura Sangre made with Chimoy and Tajin and American comfort classics with a South-of-the-border twist … like Doritos chilaquiles and the South East Dog made with short rib chile Colorado, queso fresco and crispy chicharron. Twisted indeed. More info:

Mercado – Santa Monica & Mid-City
MAY 5: Both locations of Mercado will be celebrating Cinco on Monday with specials from 4pm-11pm including $6 guacamole or choriqueso, $7 gringas or tamales, $7 carnitas or chicken tinga tacos, plus $3 Tecate and $7 house margaritas. More info:

Casa Sanchez – West LA
MAY 5: This spacious hacienda is celebrating Cinco de Mayo all day starting at noon with margarita specials and great mariachi shows at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm. More info:

Mission Cantina – Hollywood
MAY 4-5: It’s a back-to-back Cuatro & Cinco de Mayo party from 12pm to 2am at this popular cantina with mariachis, photo booth, drink & food specials and giveaways. More info:

Malo – Silver Lake & Downtown LA
MAY 4-5: Cinco de Malo! Two locations, lots of tequila and pickle tacos, plus the biggest Mexican brunch in town. Sound good? Thought so. More info:

Casa Vega – Sherman Oaks
MAY 5: This dark, old-school Valley hangout will brighten up a bit with festive decor and special margaritas for Cinco de Mayo. All the traditional Mexican dishes and never-ending menu of cocktails will be available, just remember to show up early if you can–this place gets packed. More info:

Ortega 120 – Redondo Beach
MAY 3-5: Those in the South Bay know to head to this tequila and taco haven on Cinco or any day of the year. Ortega 120 will be pouring plenty of their tasty margaritas (the “best in LA”) and Mexican eats along with live entertainment throughout the weekend. More info:

Sol Cocina – Newport Beach
MAY 5: Offering a more sophisticated scene than the typical tequila-slinging party on Cinco de Drinko, this Mexican eatery is celebrating with live music that begins at noon on the patio overlooking Balboa Marina. More info:


There are 4 comments for this article
  1. mrs elizabeth taylor at 3:09 am

    I go to olivera st each year they invite to place my booth and sell my spiritual service iys traditional but I go mostly to be in the celebration the middle of all the best mexican food the music and dancing and the shopping old fasion items from mex or mexican inspired
    ppl are great and so is the vibe, im sure all will be pleased! Hope to see you there today! Elizabeth ann Taylor


  2. Megan at 9:21 am

    Calling all adventure diners: Vegan Cinco de Mayo pop-up restaurant in Atwater on Sunday, May 5 offers a four course, $25 prix fixe dinner with avocado mango salad, vegan ceviche, three kinds of tacos, and chocolate cinnamon ice cream. This menu is all vegan, whole-food, and artisan crafted.

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