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Cinco de Mayo in LA & OC

3 Comments 27 April 2013

Cinco de Mayo is on a weekend this year, which means one thing: The party is gonna get muuuuuy LOCO! 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 drink and eat with wild abandon. So here’s to Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Find out where to toast our Mexican brothers and sisters in Los Angeles and beyond.

Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Olvera Street
SAT, MAY 4 – SUN, MAY 5: If you’re going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you may as well do it at the very site of LA’s birth. The daylong festivities on May 4 happen from 12pm to 7pm and on May 5 from 11am to 5pm. There will be live entertainment including mariachis, folklorico and food all weekend. More info:

Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Museum of Latin American Art
SAT, MAY 4 – SUN, MAY 5: Celebrate Cinco on the 4th at this fabulous (and fun!) museum in Long Beach dedicated to contemporary Latin art. There’s a craft beer tasting on Saturday with live mariachi music (tickets are $25-$35) while Cinco de Mayo is Target Free Sunday with free art workshops, live music, dancing, and museum tours. More info:

Cinco de Mayo @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
SAT, MAY 4: Celebrate Cinco on the 4th with this free family festival taking place on the outdoor promenade at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza from 2pm to 6pm. Latino-inspired performances include Aztec dancers, Trio Ellas Mariachi and the LA Galaxy Futboleros, plus plenty of fun for children (including free face painting) and Mexican food. Outdoor seating on the promenade is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, so bring your lawn chairs and get ready for a good time. More info:

Calle Cuatro Cinco de Mayo Festival – Santa Ana
SAT, MAY 4 – SUN, MAY 5: The largest Mexican-American community in Orange County is celebrating Cinco all weekend 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:

Grande Cinco de Mayo Block Party – West Hollywood
SUN, MAY 5: Tortilla Republic, that cool Mexican restaurant on North Robertson next to Sur, is hosting West Hollywood’s first Grande Cinco de Mayo Block Party. Going on from 2pm to 7pm, the restaurant’s adjacent parking lot will be transformed into an outdoor celebration with food, drinks, and live entertainment from DJs to mariachis with proceeds benefiting Project Angel Food. General admission to the block party is $10 and $20 VIP. Tortilla Republic starts serving brunch at 10am and will have specials on margarita pitchers and buckets of beer plus a photo booth. For more info:

Four Seasons Spa – Beverly Hills
SUN, MAY 5 – SUN, MAY 12: 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 Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has partnered with Casamigos Tequila (owned in part by George Clooney) 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. Prices range from $175-$260. More info:

Calle Tacos – Hollywood
SUN, MAY 5: Permanently parked on Hollywood Boulevard, the Calle Tacos food truck is celebrating both Cinco de Mayo and their one-year anniversary with a major fiesta. The party starts at 1pm and goes until 8pm (the restaurant will remain open til 4am!) with live music, margarita specials, photo booth, donkey (!) and lotsa surprises. More info:

Lucha VaVoom @ The Mayan – Downtown LA
SUN,  MAY 5 @ 8PM: Not easily offended? Then this “Sexo y Violencia Fiesta” is just for you. The annual Mexi-tinged evening of mayhem promises crazy Mexican wrestlers, saucy stripteases, raunchy comedy, acrobatic chickens, a donkey photo booth, tequila, tamales, and more than a few surprises. More info:

Metalachi @ The Roxy – West Hollywood
SUN, MAY 5 @ 7:30PM: It’s Cinco de Mayo and you want to rock out to the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band. So what do you do? You go to the Roxy to see Metalachi, of course. 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:

El Corazon – Costa Mesa
SUN, MAY 5: This sprawling, brand-new spot in Costa Mesa invites you to make it a No Siesta Fiesta on Cinco de Mayo. The party starts at 9am with a farm-to-fork Mexican brunch and will progress throughout the day (til 2am!) with cocktails, strolling mariachis, hand-carved ice sculptures and more, all within a tropical outdoor setting. More info:

Yxta Cocina – Downtown LA
SUN, MAY 5: This go-to Mex spot in DTLA will be open from 2pm to 9pm on Cinco with a $6 food menu that includes taquitos, tacos, cheese and rajas tamales, guacamole, Partida Silver house margaritas and Partida Silver shots. You can also get $3 Tecate and $4 Dos XX Amber. More info:

Casa Sanchez – West LA
SUN, MAY 5: This spacious hacienda is celebrating Cinco de Mayo all day starting at noon with margarita specials, great mariachi music, tequila tastings and photo opps with El Jimador Girls and El Luchador from 6:30pm-8:30pm. More info:

Mission Cantina – Hollywood
SAT, MAY 4 – SUN, MAY 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:

Townhouse/Del Monte Speakeasy – Venice
SUN, MAY 5: It’s gonna be Cinco de Drinko at this waterside watering hole from 12pm to 5pm with specials on pitchers of margaritas (mescal or tequila), tequila and mescal flights, housemade horchata, jamaica and agua fresca highballs, plus live music all day and night (burlesque dancers, baby) and $1 tacos with a roast pig courtesy of Venice Beach Wines. More info:

Malo – Silver Lake & Downtown LA
SUN, MAY 5: Cinco de Malo! Two locations, two parties, lots of tequila (not to mention those famous pickle tacos and chewy chips) and the biggest Mexican brunch in town. Sound good? Thought so. More info:

Casa Vega – Sherman Oaks
SUN, MAY 5: For Cinco de Mayo, this dark, old-school Valley hangout will brighten up a bit with festive decor and special Casamigos margaritas for $7.95. All the traditional Mexican dishes as well as the never-ending menu of cocktails will be available, just show up earlier in the evening if you can–this place gets packed. More info:

Sol Cocina – Newport Beach
SUN, MAY 5: Offering a more sophisticated scene than the typical tequila-slinging party on Cinco de Drinko, this Mexican eatery is celebrating all day starting with brunch at 10am and continuing throughout the day with live music that begins at noon on the patio overlooking Balboa Marina. More info:

Ortega 120 – Redondo Beach
SUN, MAY 5: Those in the South Bay know to head to this tequila and taco haven on Cinco de Mayo. Ortega 120 will be pouring plenty of those tasty margaritas (the “best in LA”) and Mexican eats along with live entertainment throughout the evening. Ole! More info:


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3 Comments so far

  1. Megan says:

    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.

  2. sydne s. says:

    El Compadre is also a classic. Excellent margaritas!

  3. aram says:

    this list kicks ass!

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