Cinco de Mayo is known as “Día de la Batalla de Puebla” In Mexico. It is a day to give honor of the victory of Mexico over France that took place in the state of Puebla. Here in the United State, we celebrate the day with Mexican culture, food and traditions.

Cinco de Mayo can be a great source of family fun but it has also become a night out for many people. Remember to stay safe with these tips from MADD:

  • Plan ahead to designate a sober driver before going out to celebrate
  • Eat during the evening by enjoying your favorite Mexican foods during the evening
  • If you can’t plan ahead, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call a cab or friend, or call services like Uber or Lyft.
  • Use mass transit if available
  • Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are too impaired to drive.
  • be diligent – even If you don’t plan to drink this Cinco de Mayo, remember that others do.  Find out how to spot a drunk driver, and if you think you see a drunk driver on the road, learn what to do.

Here’s a few Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in and around Orange County, Los Angeles & San Diego. Have fun at the fiesta of your choice.

Image from: san-clemente.org
Image from: san-clemente.org

Orange County

The 16th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Forth Street in Historic Downtown Santa Ana. The City of Santa Ana will be producing a FREE three day festival on May 1st, May 2nd, and May 3rd, 2015. Each year over 150,000 attend the festivities. There will be a Carnival, live entertainment, delicious food and fun for everyone.

  • When: May 1st -3rd, Fri. 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Sat. noon – 9:00 pm  and Sun. noon – 8:00 pm
  • Where: 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana
  • Cost: Event is Free

Rancho Days Fiesta, celebrate at Heritage Hill Park in Lake Forest and explore the rich history of Orange County’s ranchos and native American tribes! Celebrate with music, dance, crafts, food, and first-person presentations.

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Hertiage Hill Historical Park
  • Cost: $5 – adults and children (3-12), FREE – children (under 3) – tickets sold at the gate on the day of the event.

25th Anniversary – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Max Berg Plaza in San Clemente. This event is in celebrates its 25th year of Mexican culture in the Spanish Village by the Sea. The program features live entertainment from the traditional Mariachi’s and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups serve up authentic Mexican food fare. Other activities include a juried Art Contest, Carnival Game booths, mini attractions, and a vendor area.

  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location:Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente CA 92672
  • Cost: Event is Free
The 10th annual Silverado Cinco de Mayo & Chili Cook-Off at Irvine Lake in Silverado is hosted by Silverado Modjeska Recreation & Park District (SMRPD). Come taste and vote for the chili competition ($5.00 per person), browse the arts & craft expo with local vendors and businesses while enjoying the Cinco de Mayo entertainment lineup & family activities such as crafts, bouncehouse, facepainting and farm animal petting zoo! There are is the opportunity to tour the scenic Irvine Lake by boat (at an additional cost) or by foot for free!
  • When: Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Lake, 4621 Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA, 92676
  • Cost: Event is Free, Parking at Irvine Lake $3, $5 fee for Chili Taster’s Kit
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Image lapca.org

Los Angeles County

MOLAA Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach will host a day of performances, art, workshops, craft vendor booths and more!

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: FREE

Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street, in Downtown LA, a weekend celebration of Mexico’s victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862 with popular and traditional music, dancing and food. Enjoy mariachis, folklorico dancers, kids activities and piñatas.

  • When: Saturday, May 2nd -Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Where: Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cost: Free

Cinco de Mayo at LA Plaza, in Los AngelesCinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in Puebla, Mexico. Discover why the Battle of Puebla is a popular celebration in the Unites States and California’s connection to this history! Enjoy hands-on culinary, garden, and art workshops and enjoy a performance by Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo!

  • When: May 3, 2015, noon – 4:00 pm
  • Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St , Los Angeles, 90012
  • Cost: Free

Old Town Cinco de MayoSan Diego

A San Diego tradition since 1983, Old Town San Diego celebrates their 32nd annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015. This celebration in Old Town is the largest event of its kind in Southern California. Three days of music, food and fun. There will be 3 Live Music Stages, Cantina Garden, Low Rider Car Show, Historical Demonstrations, Equestrian performances & more!

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11: am – 10: pm (Ballet folklorico competitions starts at 9:00 am@ Fiesta de Reyes) Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Old Town San Diego, CA 
  • Cost: Event is free
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