Fiesta Broadway has passed, but places to commemorate the 1862 Battle of Puebla via song, food, dance, and remembrance dot the Southern California map over Cinco de Mayo weekend. For most revelers, though, Cinco means, first and foremost, a visit through...
El Pueblo de Los Angeles: Olvera Street is indeed one of the local headquarters for all things Cinco. The El Pueblo site lists "traditional dancing, music, and food" as going down each day, from Saturday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Did you know that Olvera Street just marked its 84th anniversary as a Mexican marketplace at the end of April? It's a perfect and convivial spot to celebrate the holiday, for sure.
Museum of Latin American Art: The treasure-packed Long Beach institution has a festival on for the holiday, but something special is also in store: It's a Target Free Sunday. That means no admission is required to attend the Sunday, May 4 festivities. Tours, tunes, folk dancing, and many kidly activities are part of the celebratory scene.
Greek Theatre: It's not Cinco de Mayo without the annual Los Lobos concert feting the meaning and merriment of the day. This year is year number three, and one of LA's great house bands shall be joined by another of LA's great house bands, Ozomatli. Plus special guests Mariachi El Bronx. There is a lot of musical goodness happening in the hills on Saturday, May 3.
La Sandia: True words that many (as in many, many) restaurants'll be doing it up come Cinco de Mayo, but this Santa Monica Richard Sandoval-helmed favorite has its Guacamole Festival on, meaning a bevy of dishes featuring an array of avocado-based goodness. Plus? Live mariachi music on Cinco de Mayo itself, which is a Monday. Don't we need some mariachi rhythms at the start of a week? Yes, we do.