Cinco de Mayo is a springtime celebration of Mexican culture, dating back to May 5, 1862, when the country’s outnumbered military forces defended a small city against all odds. Not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16, this memorial day represents the strength of Mexico and is more widely celebrated in the United States than in the country where it originated. Colorado is no exception, with Cinco de Mayo festivities happening all throughout the Denver Metro area. Here are some of the top spots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Boulder this year.
Top Stops for Tacos and Margaritas in Boulder
1630 63rd St, Boulder, CO 80301
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 am to 8 pm
For over a decade, Efrain’s of Boulder has been awarded people’s choice awards for serving the best Mexican food in Boulder. A must-try for locals and visitors alike.
Centro Mexican Kitchen
950 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Friday: 11:30 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am to 9 pm
Walk along the Pearl Street Mall to find Centro Mexican Kitchen, featuring fresh-squeezed cocktails and Colorado-inspired Mexican dishes in a prime people-watching location.
5360 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Monday-Sunday: 11 am to 8 pm
Pica’s Mexican Taqueria claims to whip up the best margaritas and tacos in Boulder and was even featured in Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives.
2350 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Monday – Thursday: 11 am to 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm
Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican dishes in a colorful atmosphere at Rincon del Sol. A great option for vegetarians and seafood lovers.
Cinco de Mayo Festivals Near Boulder
Location: Roosevelt Park in Longmont, CO
Date: May 7, 2022
Festival hours: 11 am to 6 pm
This family-friendly festival is a full day of food, shopping, and latino heritage. Help the event reach its zero waste goal by bringing your own refillable water bottle.
Location: Civic Center Park in Denver, CO
Date: May 7-8, 2022
Festival hours: 10 am to 8 pm both days
After a 2-year hiatus, Denver’s Cinco de Mayo festival is back! As one of the largest running cultural events in Denver, the Celebrate Culture festival is worth seeing in person.
While there are several Mexican restaurants in Boulder, these are some of the best options for a great Cinco de Mayo. From Colorado’s long-running cultural festivals to the numerous Mexican restaurants throughout the area, finding a spot to celebrate this year should be a cinch!