Happily for us, our country is a melting pot of nationalities, giving us the opportunity to experience a variety of foods, customs, religions, and holidays without ever leaving our backyard, including Cinco de Mayo. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo comes and goes without much fanfare. Schools get the day off, but parties do not rage all night like they can here. Cinco de Mayo marks the date that the Mexican army defeated French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Even though this victory did not permanently end French occupation, it was considered a major turning point in Mexico’s war against France.
The US celebration of Cinco de Mayo was first held in Southern California in 1863 as a symbol of solidarity with Mexico against French occupation and rule. Cinco de Mayo is more than just an excuse to dig into spicy tacos and kick back a few Mexican beers. It’s a way to celebrate Mexico’s strength, perseverance, and the nation’s commitment to preservation of their land and culture. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite Cinco de Mayo celebrations around Boulder this year.
When: 5/5, 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Bar Taco
Kicking off the warm weather, Bar Taco will open its patio on Cinco de Mayo for a night of dancing under the stars. The event is set to include live music, delicious food, and a surprise performance. Celebrate this lively holiday at a beloved Pearl Street establishment.
When: 5/5, 8 am
Where: Kettle & Spoke Brewery
This unconventional brewery has a love of all things weird and wild. From interesting brews to abstract art, Kettle & Spoke Brewery sets itself apart from the rest. Join cycling enthusiasts for a 55-mile adventure ride throughout Boulder county. Terrain includes gravel, dirt, road, and more. Riders will climb a total of 7,000 feet by the time the race is finished. You’ll have definitely earned your beer with this ride.
When: 5/4, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Roosevelt Park
Join Longmont residents at the town’s 17th annual Cinco de Mayo festival in Roosevelt Park. Longmont is home to a large Latino population and seeks to celebrate and honor this group of its community through education and outreach during its Cinco de Mayo festival. Bring the family and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, watch live performances, and check out the car show.
Cinco de Mayo Party
When: 5/5, TBD
This beloved Boulder restaurant is gearing up to host an all-day, Cinco de Mayo party. The festivities will include delicious eats, piñatas, traditional Mexican music, and more. The event hasn’t been formally announced but continue to check Verde’s website for more details.
When: 5/5, TBD
This lively Mexican restaurant in the heart of downtown Boulder is always an exciting spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This year, Centro will showcase a variety of specialty margaritas and plates not usually listed on the menu. Drink and food specials run all day so check here for more details in the weeks to come.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with any of these exciting events around Boulder. Enjoy delicious Mexican food, salsa dance on Pearl, and learn about Mexican-American heritage this May.