Cities across the country will take to the streets on May 5th to celebrate, and USA Today has put together a roundup of the best festivals to attend…
Denver: The city’s two-day Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival draws a crowd of 400,000 people. The live entertainment includes Spanish rock, Latin jazz, salsa and ranchera.
New York City: Celebrants can take their pick with neighborhoods across the five boroughs hosting events. In Manhattan, 116th Street hosts a free festival with food and live music. Tequila enthusiasts are encouraged to check out Tijuana Picnic on the Lower East Side. Over at the Hester Street Fair, the food offerings include pork shoulder al pastor, and visitors can also shop for handmade clothing and ceramics.
Washington, D.C.: The nation’s capital holds various events − including a running of the Chihuahuas − alongside festivals with arts, crafts, food and live music. The Around the World Embassy Tour also allows the public to experience cultures of other countries.
San Antonio: With over 100 shops and restaurants to choose from, historic Market Square is the place to be on Cinco de Mayo. Live music is also part of the celebration.
Chicago: The Little Village neighborhood rolls out an annual Cinco de Mayo festival with music, cultural displays, events for children, games and food booths.
San Francisco: The Mission neighborhood puts on an all-day block party in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Events include cultural entertainment and a pub crawl. Attendees can also take a tour of the historic Mission Dolores church.
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota: The District del Sol, located on St. Paul’s West Side, rolls out an all-ages celebration. There is a separate events section for children, while everyone can enjoy a parade, music and a salsa-tasting contest.
Portland, Oregon: The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park features plenty of food, live entertainment, carnival rides and an Artisan Village.
Las Vegas: There will be dozens of parties in Sin City on Cinco de Mayo. Everything from $100 Prime Margaritas at Fleming’s Steakhouse to Irish Nachos and Corned Beef Quesadilla at Ri’Ra’ to special shrimp cocktails at Sammy Hagar’s rockin’ Mexican cantina, Cabo Wabo. To view a list of options, click here.
Reno, Nevada: Over 100,000 visitors are expected to be on hand to enjoy Reno’s festival. In addition to music and food, Reno is known for putting on a show with dancing horses and carnival rides.