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.
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
Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
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
Cinco de Mayo at LA Plaza, in Los Angeles. Cinco 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
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
Free! WINGS OVER WETLANDS at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center on Saturday & Sunday, January 24-25, 2015 from 1:00 -4:00 pm
Celebrate the arrival of our feathered friends during the winter bird migration!
Bird-themed crafts, face painting, and nature activities are planned for families. Conservancy naturalists will have spotting scopes and binoculars for use along the Loop Trail that overlooks San Elijo Lagoon, with excellent birding views. Kids will enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common birds.
Winter is peak migration time with birds resting and foraging at one of the few salt marshes remaining along the Pacific Flyway. Winter shorebirds and ducks are here to spend the season, many of which come from the High Arctic. The stout Bufflehead may be seen diving in the channels. Dowitchers have a feeding characteristic described like the rhythm of a sewing machine.
Approximately 40% of all North American bird species have been observed in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.
Learn more about birds you’ll see with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Animal Guide.
In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Cabrillo National Monument will host a WW2 Living History re-enactors in the military history exhibit and tour a coast artillery bunker as they reenact the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United State’s entry into the Second World War. On December 6th and 7th, 2014 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
History will come alive as Cabrillo National Monument is transformed back into 1940s Fort Rosecrans. Historical re-enactors will represent the men and women of the US Army and members of the 19th Coast Artillery. World War II vehicles, tents, and various displays will be set up around the park.
Historic structures, including the army radio station and one of the observation bunkers, will be open for viewing. Some of the weekend events include a vintage Car Show, Flyover Air Raid Re-enactment & a live broadcast from Hawaii.
This is a unique opportunity to “live” history through the re-enactment. Understand and commemorate San Diego’s important role during the early days of World War II.
San Diego’s Balboa Park celebrates December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 37th consecutive year on December 5 & 6, 2014.
On Friday, December 5 from 3:00 -11:00 pm and Saturday, December 6 from noon – 11:00 pm. the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.
Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.
**NEW THIS YEAR!! “December Flights” Zipline! Take a two hundred foot Zipline ride past the historic and beautifully lit Moreton Bay Fig Tree!
Target Second Sunday FREE admission day to The New Children’s Museum in San Diego is this Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
Free day allows all children and families in the community to enjoy the Museum, and ensure that cost is not a barrier. Every Target Free Second Sunday also includes a variety of activities for children.
Due to the popularity of the Target Free Second Sunday program, the Museum experiences an increased number of visitors on these days. To ensure that all visitors have a creatively fun experience, we may have to limit the number of visitors in the building at one time. Visitors may be asked to wait in line for a short period of time prior to accessing the Museum.
Target Free Second Sunday is generously sponsored by
Celebrate the 14th Annual Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historical and Cultural Street Faire on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 from 11am – 4pm.
Kick off the autumn season with the Fall Back Festival! Enjoy this adventure back to the 1880s, where three blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter are transformed into a western town of the past, with traditional western storefronts, a Sarsaparilla Saloon and the town Jail. Ladies and gentlemen stroll the streets dressed in Victorian garb, the Alpine Outlaws have a high-noon shootout, and there are FREE activities galore for the kids.
The whole family is engaged in the magical old-fashioned atmosphere that the Fall Back Festival brings to life each year. The idea, of course, is to make history fun and to bring the past to life.
Kids can pan for gold with actual prospectors, observe a real blacksmith plying his trade, saddle up for an adventurous pony ride, or learn to churn butter and dip your own candles. Join the kids for a thrill at the old-fashioned carnival and fun activities such as inflatable jumps; there is fun to be had for everyone in the family.
Visit one of the cultural booths to learn about all the different nationalities and how they have contributed to the diverse fabric that is San Diego.
Enjoy a variety of free snacks for the kids from some of the Gaslamp’s most favorable food finds like complimentary chocolate nachos from Rockin’ Baja Lobster (and other tasty treats for sale), complimentary hot dogs from Jolt’n Joe’s, popcorn, and cotton candy.
The timelessly cherished tradition of Fall Back Festival is a FREE event for the public to enjoy. Some activities such as the carnival rides will require a minimal charge. With numerous historical demonstrators and interactive activities, this is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.
The Boo Parade is San Diego’s only Halloween parade! On October 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., The Boulevard BOO! Parade is returning to the College Area. This free, family event is bigger and spookier than ever! More floats, more zombies, more music and more surprises. More of what makes the Boulevard BOO! Parade San Diego’s only Halloween Parade.
The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. There are many places to discover in the College Area. Stop over to the After BOO Community Carnival & Float Award’s Ceremony at the College Ave Baptist Church from 11 am to 5 pm, (4747 College Ave.). Enjoy live music, carnival rides, games, cold drinks and food trucks with friends.
The College Area Business District, a non-profit corporation that manages the College Area Business Improvement District, focuses their efforts on helping small business owners in the commercial corridors in the College Area of San Diego, including El Cajon Blvd., College Ave., and Montezuma Rd. The Boulevard BOO! Parade brings thousands to the commercial district to enjoy the local restaurants and specialty shops. Sit patio side and enjoy something tasty and cool to drink while being entertained by the BOO!
BOO! Parade is produced by the College Area Business District.