The Viva La Música festival returns to SeaWorld San Diego,
The Viva La Música festival returns to SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Diego

Los Angeles is gearing up to host the ultimate Mexican fiestas to celebrate this Cinco de Mayo holiday, which falls on Sunday, May 5th. Get ready for an explosion of flavors, music, arts, drinks, and cultura.

Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday which translates to "May 5th" in Spanish, commemorates the Latin American country's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5th, 1862.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 5th, as all the action unfolds on this special day, with various venues hosting their unique events and offerings. Here are The Latin Times highlights in Los Angeles's scene to enjoy this Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Mexican fiestas in Los Angeles, California

1. Cinco de Mayo Traditional Venice Parade

 Cinco de Mayo Traditional Venice Parade
Cinco de Mayo Traditional Venice Parade Venice Parade

The Cinco de Mayo festivities in Los Angeles wouldn't be complete without the Venice Desfile, returning on Saturday, May 4th from 10 am to 6 pm. The parade starts at 10 am on California Ave and Lincoln Blvd, proceeding along Lincoln Blvd (north) to Rose Ave, then turning left on Rose Ave (west) to 7th Ave, and finally left (south) on 7th Ave towards Oakwood Park, ending at 7th Ave and California Ave.

Following the parade, enjoy a street festival featuring Aztec Dancers, Grupo La Rosa Folklorico Dancers, Charro (Mexican Dancing Horses), Venice High School Band, Santa Monica Cheerleaders, classic cars, lowriders, clowns, piñatas, authentic Mexican food trucks, live entertainment by the Rythym Band playing Old School Funk Music, D.J. Mango, Baby Dog Rapper Straight out of Venice, informational booths, and vendors.

2. Cinco de Mayo Festival at SeaWorld

The Viva La Música festival returns to SeaWorld San Diego, showcasing various performers of traditional Mexican music. This celebration of Latin culture also offers a fresh menu inspired by Mexican culinary traditions, lively decorations, and family-friendly entertainment. Mariachi Divas will take the stage on Saturday, followed by Pablo Montero on Sunday.

3. Cinco de Mayo with mariachis de Uclatlán and more dances

The Santa Monica Promenade celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Sunday with Mariachi and folkloric dance, along with Mexican dining options 'al fresco.' Attendees can expect performances by UCLA's Mariachi de Uclatlán, Academia de Danza BFFM, and recording artist Danny Muñoz. Additionally, special outdoor dining options will be available from Casa Martin, Cabo Cantina, 1212, and Ugo Trattoria.

4. Cinco de Mayo Latino food and wine festival

Are you searching for a foodie option to celebrate this Mexican fiesta in Los Angeles? Join Latino Central Coast winemakers at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Cinco de Mayo, Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Latino Central Coast winemakers will shine at this celebration of Latino food and culture. Experience the flavors of Esfuerzo Wines, Tierra y Vino, Camins 2 Dreams, Casita de Bravo, Para Maria, Sun + Earth, Story of Soil, Final Girl Wines, Reclamación Wines, Bodega de Edgar, and Fallen Grape Wine Co. Food and beverages will be provided by El Partner Mariscos, Casa Coma, Birria Boys, Santa Maria Public Market, Sano Pecado, and El Tequilero Taco Bar. Tickets are priced at $100 to $150.

5. Cinco de Mayo with a Tacos And Tequila Bar Crawl

Given that this Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday, many people opt to start the celebration with a vibrant night out. The annual tacos and tequila bar crawl starts at Ashland Hill, showcasing a lineup of restaurants and bars along Santa Monica Main Street, ensuring a lively celebration throughout the night.

6. Cinco de Mayo with DJ sets, tacos and a car show

Benny Boy Brewing celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a packed afternoon of DJ sets, Mexican lager on tap, taco vendors, and a car show. The activation includes 'moving the hips' with DJ BigSpinLA and DJ Chrissy Chris from 6-11PM. Indulge in some of the best Mexican eats from Torta Movil 3-9PM and Jay's Tacos 5-11PM, and enjoy ice-cold Mexican Lager while visiting the Vintage Vochos VW car show 6-11PM.

7. Cinco de Mayo with soccer and a movies

The 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo at the Rose Bowl Stadium is set to take place on Saturday, May 4th, from noon to 6.30 pm. This free, family-friendly event offers the community an opportunity to come together and celebrate Pasadena's rich Latino culture and traditions through music, sports, art, and film.

The multi-faceted event will feature live music, a youth soccer tournament starting at 6 p.m., a marketplace in the Court of Champions at 5 p.m., and movie showings of Disney's Coco at 1 p.m. and Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua on the video board. All this will be accompanied by the stunning backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, visible from the iconic Rose Bowl field.

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