The Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

Drink specials, cultural festivals & Taco Madness

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration of Mexican culture and heritage that takes place across the U.S. and regionally in Mexico, where it's known in the state of Puebla as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (“The Day of the Battle of Puebla”). Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the much larger, better-armed French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The U.S. celebration of Cinco de Mayo originated in Mexican American communities of the American West, Southwest and Northwest. Read on for our guide to Cinco de Mayo festivities throughout Los Angeles.

Border Grill DTLA Cinco de Mayo food and drinks

Cinco de Mayo Weekend at Border Grill DTLA | Photo: L.A. Times Food Bowl

Cinco de Mayo Weekend - Border Grill DTLA (May 3-5, 2019)

Border Grill, the colorful modern cantina in Downtown L.A., is celebrating Cinco de Mayo from Friday to Sunday, May 3-5 with Mexican favorites like tacos, ceviche, empanadas, churros, ceer and Margarita specials. Saturday features the famous Unlimited Small Plates Brunch with steak & eggs, tacos, chilaquiles, ceviche, fried chicken and churro waffles and bottomless Mimosas, Micheladas and Bloody Marys until 3pm. On the big day, Border Grill presents a special Mariachi Brunch with Margaritas, beer, ceviche, chips, guacamole, taco specials and DJ on the patio.

Lucha VaVOOM 10th Anniversary Cinco de Mayan

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Cinco de Mayan - Mayan Theatre (May 3-5, 2019)

Lucha VaVOOM is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Cinco de Mayan with a three-day takeover at the historic Mayan Theatre in Downtown L.A., featuring a raucous mix of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy. Besides the action-packed wrestling, Lucha VaVOOM also features Aztec dancers, folkloricos, lowriders, mariachis and plenty of tamales and tequila. Color commentary is handled by top comedians.

Tickets are for General Admission - no ringside seating. For Friday and Saturday, doors at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. On Sunday, doors at 6 p.m. and show is at 7 p.m. 21 and over. NOTE: As this post goes live, tickets for Saturday, May 4 are sold out.

El Pueblo Historical Monument

Cinco de Mayo Weekend - El Pueblo de Los Angeles (May 4-5, 2019)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the birthplace of Los Angeles and home to world-famous Olvera Street. The historic district is presenting a family friendly weekend celebration from 11am - 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. The festivities include popular and traditional music, exhibitor booths, cultural dancing and plenty of delicious Mexican food. Free admission.

10th Annual Taco Madness at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

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Taco Madness - La Plaza de Cultura y Artes (May 4, 2019)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Taco Madness is taking place at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Saturday, May 4. Presented by L.A. Taco and I Love Micheladas, L.A.'s longest running taco festival celebrates the taco lifestyle with the best tacos from carts, stands and trucks, to award-winning chefs and restaurants. The bracket-style online taco battle runs through five rounds and concludes on May 3. On May 4, taco fans will celebrate all the taqueros and the winner at La Plaza with Taco Madness Live, where some of the best tacos in L.A. will be available along with music, Micheladas, live artists, and more. General Admission is free. Tickets for VIP Hour from 5-6pm are $45 and include early entry, open bars and a VIP swag bag for the first 100 guests. VIP tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite.

Ace Hotel

Discoteca Silencio - Ace Hotel DTLA

Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A. and Mezcal El Silencio present Discoteca Silencio, a DJ battle between KCRW’s Garth Trinidad and Sun Lee. Taking place at Segovia Hall on the hotel's second floor from 5-10pm, the silent disco is an alternative take on the festive holiday with craft cocktail specials and fun surprises that only Mezcal El Silencio can provide.

Sari Sari Store at Grand Central Market

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Petty Cash Taqueria x Sari Sari Store - Grand Central Market

Petty Cash Taqueria is taking over Sari Sari Store, Chef Margarita Manzke's Filipino rice bowl stall at Grand Central Market, all day on Cinco de Mayo. Stop by from 10am – 8pm and get your fix of tacos, chips, homemade salsa, guacamole and flan. Agua frescas and Micheladas will also be available.

Outdoor Cinco de Mayo Party at Nixo Patio Lounge

Located across from L.A. LIVE at Luxe City Center Hotel, Nixo Patio Lounge is hosting an al fresco Cinco de Mayo party from 5pm-9pm. Chef Ben Diaz will be serving signature treats like queso fundido with spiced chorizo and crispy tortillas; mini carnitas tacos, crispy pigs' ear, and refreshing mahi-mahi aguachile. Partida Tequila Margaritas will be buy-2-get-1-free and a DJ will be spinning Latin beats.

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$100 Prime Margarita | Photo courtesy of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

$100 Prime Margarita - Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (May 2019)

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is once again offering the $100 Prime Margarita for the month of May. This year's edition features the incomparable Tequila Ocho, Extra Añejo - a premium single estate, single vintage tequila crafted with 100% blue agave. Complete with fresh lime juice and Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire, this Margarita demands a glass every bit as luxurious as the drink itself. Enter the diamond-cut Baccarat Crystal Tumbler, an elegant memento for you to take home.

The Peristyle at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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Cinco de Mayo at The Coliseum

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is inviting the whole family to a free Cinco de Mayo celebration at the historic Olympic Plaza on Sunday, May 5. Highlights include live music and various family friendly activities, dancing, games (win free stuff!), celebrity meet & greets, Kids Playland, pepper eating contest, and cocktails in the beer garden. Enjoy free samples from vendors, CPG items, specialty drinks, food trucks and various dining options. Entertainment includes traditional regional music, local kids groups, amateur & headliner talent, audience participation, and on-stage local radio/TV talent. Event starts at noon and is free for all ages.

Cinco de Mayo specials at Guelaguetza

Cinco de Mayo specials | Photo: Guelaguetza, Facebook

Guelaguetza Restaurant

One of the most acclaimed Oaxacan restaurants in the country, the James Beard Award-winning Guelaguetza is serving Chef Edgar Santiago's special 5 de Mayo menu from Friday-Sunday, May 3-5. The limited menu includes favorite regional Poblano dishes like the Cemita Poblana, Chiles en Nogada, Enchiladas de Chile Poblano Verde, Tacos Arabes and a Tres Leches de Rompope for Dessert. Pair these specials with the Nacho Zaragoza Cocktail, made with tequila, Ancho Reyes liqueur, pineapple, lime and serrano.

Margarita at Big Bar in Los Feliz

Margarita at Big Bar | Photo: Eugene Lee

Cinco de Mayo Weekend - Big Bar (May 4-5, 2019)

Sadly, the annual "Biggest Margarita in Los Feliz" at Big Bar is no more. But not to worry, you can still enjoy classic cocktails all weekend during the popular brunch: Mezcal Margarita (El Silencio Mezcal, lime, agave), Paloma (Altos Blanco Tequila, lime, Q grapefruit soda), Pina Amor if you're feeling fancy (Avion 44, pineapple, Miracle Mile Hello Cari Bitters), plus a Maker's Mark Mint Julep in honor of Derby Day.

Cinco de Mayo at The Tam

Cinco de Mayo at The Tam | Photo: The Tam O'Shanter, Facebook

Cinco de Mayo at The Tam

The landmark Tam O'Shanter is hosting their inaugural Cinco De Mayo celebration from noon to 6pm. Priced at $89, the all-inclusive ticket includes open bar cocktails (Classic Margarita, Hibiscus Margarita, traditional Paloma), tastings of Don Julio tequila including Silver, Reposado and Añejo; special Don Julio 1942 tasting, AYCE Taco Station with all the traditional fixings, giveaways and entertainment all day. Tickets are now on sale at Lawry's A La Cart - only 75 tickets are available for this exclusive experience.

Cinco de Mayo Brunch - Petty Cash Taqueria

As part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl, Petty Cash Taqueria is hosting a special Cinco de Mayo Brunch from 9am to 10pm, featuring classic Mexican breakfast dishes with a modern twist. Walk-ins are welcome.

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Festival at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Festival at Lucky Strike Live | Photo: CBP Events, Facebook

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Festival - Lucky Strike Live

Taking place at Lucky Strike Live from 5-10pm, the Cinco de Mayo Margarita Festival presents 15 of L.A.'s top bartenders competing to see who can make the best Margarita in town. Live music starts at 5pm, winner announced at 9pm. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite and include complimentary Margaritas - vote for your favorite and help choose the winner!

Tiki de Mayo at LONO Hollywood

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Tiki de Mayo - LONO Hollywood

LONO Hollywood presents a tropical Tiki de Mayo featuring Cazadores Tequila tastings and live Kariachi! Don't know what Kariachi is? Cazadores is sending over a live Mariachi band that will be performing songs while you sing along. Taking place from 5pm to 8pm, Tiki de Mayo features specialty Cazadores Tiki cocktails from Chad Austin and the LONO bar team - be sure to dress your Tiki best!

Pop-Up Margarita Garden at Gracias Madre

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Pop-Up Margarita Garden Party - Gracias Madre

Boasting one of the most beautiful patios in L.A. along with its plant-based Mexican cuisine, Gracias Madre is hosting the second annual Pop-up Margarita Garden Party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Taking place from 11am to 10pm, the Pop-Up Margarita Garden Party features Purista Margaritas, Mezcal Mules, Sangria, El Silencio Mezcal, Altos Tequila, Siete Leguas Tequila and more. Plus Gracias Madre will be serving street corn, fruit salad, cauliflower tacos and nachos. No cover, 21 and over.

The Hudson

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, The Hudson is bringing back The Huddy’s Famous $5 Frozen Margarita Slushee. Also be sure to try their amazing off-menu short rib tacos - available only to those who mention this secret promotion! The celebration will run all day and into the night on May 5 from 10am to 2am.

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser - Upper West

Upper West in Santa Monica is hosting their 5th annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser to benefit HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids), an affiliate support group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Upper West will donate 25% of the evening's sales to HARK. The fundraising event is taking place 5-10 p.m. and features surprise piñata raffles with music by Manny Mendoza

Costero Bar at Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

Costero Bar | Photo: Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

Costero California Bar & Bistro

Conveniently located near LAX at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, Costero Bar & Bistro is offering 25% off Chef Collin Smelser's small plates and local draft beers from 3-6pm, in addition to $2 street tacos (carnitas, fish, barbacoa or chicken tinga) and $12 nacho plate. Enjoy all specials poolside or inside watching the game.

Los Angeles Ale Works Cinco de Mayo Weekend

Cinco de Mayo Weekend | Photo: Los Angeles Ale Works, Facebook

Cinco de Mayo Weekend - Los Angeles Ale Works (May 4-5, 2019)

Hawthorne's Los Angeles Ale Works is expanding their annual Cinco de Mayo party to a two-day bash. Highlights include a Michelada Bar, Margarita Slushies, Beer Sangria, Specialty Beers, food, live music and DJ sets. Lucha Libre on Saturday includes pictures in the ring (noon-4pm) and the main event from 6-8pm. Saturday also features Loteria and Pinata with prizes.

Fiesta de Mayo - Citadel Outlets (May 4-5, 2019)

Located 10 minutes from Downtown L.A., the Citadel Outlets presents a weekend Fiesta de Mayo the whole family will enjoy. Taking place at Center Court, the festivities include traditional dance performances from 1-5pm on May 5 by Ballet Folklorico de Alma, Ballet Folklorico Claudia Jeanette, and Ballet Folklorico Resurreccion. Shoppers can pose for photos in Center Court among the festive décor and hanging flags, enjoy street tacos from Ruby’s Diner (noon-6:30 pm both days), and score savings of up to 70% off at more than 130 on-site brands.