Cinco de Mayo might have its roots in wartime victories and independence (it was originally called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla or in English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla), but today, it’s one big, nationwide party that celebrates Mexico and its vibrant, spirited heritage. And since California is just a hop, skip, and a jump from party central, you can bet we have some of the best Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the nation going on. Here are four Cinco de Mayo ideas that will get you in the mood for fun.

Los Angeles
24th Annual Fiesta Broadway
April 28: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Broadway & W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Fiesta Broadway festival is definitely the place to be for Cinco de Mayo. As “the largest Hispanic event in the Country’s largest Hispanic market,” the festival attracts over 300,000 visitors each year. For the 24th annual festival, the party won’t disappoint. There will be plenty of vendor booths, fun activities for kids, and multiple stages set up for performances by Pepe Aguilar, Angelica Maria, Gilberto Gless, and more. Fiesta Broadway is free to the public, plus it donates to several great charities including the Ronald McDonald House and the Nike “Cinco de Mile” Inner-City Benefit. A great party with a heart…what more could you ask for?

San Diego
2013 Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
May 3: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m./May 4: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m./May 5: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Town on Second Ave. and in the Historic State Park

Cinco de Mayo is not taken lightly in Old Town San Diego. Get ready for three days filled with flamenco music, Norteno flairs, Mariachi bands, museums, bustling markets, and of course, tequila sampling areas. On Friday, there will be an all-day happy hour and Saturday and Sunday mean live performances on two stages! Nitro Express Band, Haute Chile, and B-Side Players are just some of the acts waiting to entertain the masses. After the fun when you’re ready for some nourishment, stop by one of the participating restaurants for food and drink specials.

San Francisco
9th Annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo 2013
May 4: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dolores Park
18th St. and Dolores
San Francisco, CA 94114

San Francisco knows how to throw a festival—and the 9th Annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo is going to be some high-energy fun. Start the day off at 10 a.m. with the Zumba-thon exercise class and then keep the beat going with entertainment all day long. Just some of the artists performing are Edgardo & Candela, the Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco, and Coro Solera, the Mission Neighborhood Senior Chorus. Don’t miss the fun!

Napa Valley
15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic
May 3: 6:30 a.m.
Silverado Resort & Spa
1600 Atlas Peak Rd.,
Napa, CA 94558

If you’re looking for something different to do for Cinco de Mayo, why not golf for charity? The Napa Valley Farmworker Committee organizes the yearly Cinco de Mayo Golf event—and all proceeds go to improving farmworker housing, education, and healthcare. After the tournament, enjoy a $35 Mexican “fiesta-style” luncheon, a silent auction, and raffle. Prices vary from $35 to $1,500 so check the website for details. If interested, send an email to cincodemayogolfclassic@gmail.com.

How will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year? Let us know!

 

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