Chances are your pre-kid Cinco de Mayo celebrations were filled with margaritas and cervezas (just a guess, no judgments). But oh my, things have changed. Check out these events that put a family-friendly spin on this festive holiday—a day that commemorates the battle of Puebla and Mexico’s defeat of the French May 5, 1862. From tacos and mariachis, to arts and crafts, these events celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the best possible way—all ages included.

photo: Jorge Gonzales via Yelp

Fiesta de Broadway
Load up the kid and head down to Fiesta de Broadway, one of the largest Cinco de Mayo festivals in the United States. Now in its 29th year, this downtown Los Angeles event is full of fun for your entire crew. There are three event stages staggered throughout the festival and among them, you’ll find lots of food, fun, and games for the whole family that spotlight Mexican and Latin American cultures. Note: This event takes place the weekend before Cinco de Mayo, so you can still get your marg on next weekend with the adults.

Fiesta de Broadway
April 29: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DTLA along Broadway near City Hall

Monterey Park Cinco de Mayo Festival
Join the city of Monterey Park for their 36th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. The highlights of the day include an amateur ballet Folklorico dance competition and a huge raffle thanks to vendors from around town. And, make sure to come hungry. Some of the city’s best chefs will be serving up traditional Mexican fare at dozens of food booths throughout the park from tacos and street corn, to churros and pan dulce.

Monterey Park Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 6: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Barnes Park Amphitheater
350 S. McPherrin Avenue
Monterey Park, CA

photo: Katie Gardiner via Yelp

Historical Venice Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival
Take the whole familia to the Historic Venice Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival that blends Mexican heritage, tradition, and culture with mariachis, Folklorico dancers, charros (Mexican cowboys), Aztec dancers and classic cars. Think arts, crafts, vendors, carnival rides, face painting and tons of food.

Historical Venice Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival
May 5: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The parade begins at Lincoln Ave. and California Ave. and ends at Oakwood Recreation Center.

Oakwood Recreation Center
767 California Ave.
Venice, CA 90291

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Fiesta de Cinco de Mayo
Olvera St. is one of the oldest locations in all of Los Angeles and former home to some of our city’s first settlers. So it makes sense that a place so rich in history and culture would be home to one of our biggest Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

All weekend long, you’ll be able to take part in this fiesta. From Folklorico dancers and Aztec performers to mariachis, face painters and more. And as for food, you can duck into one of the many restaurants along Olvera St., or grab some takeout from one of the walk-up windows. Don’t forget to grab a fresh churro or some Mexican candy for dessert.

Olvera St.
845 N Alameda St
Los Angeles
(213) 485-6855

photo: Roshen W. via Yelp

Fiesta de Mayo at the Citadel
Head on down to the Citadel for some retail therapy, but stay for the Cinco de Mayo festivities. From noon to 7 p.m. on both Sat. and Sun., The Citadel will be hosting an all-day bash with traditional Folklorico dancing performances and roving mariachi bands. Food carts will serve up traditional eats including street tacos and agua frescas.

Fiesta de Mayo at the Citadel
May 5-6: noon to 7 p.m.
The Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Dr., Suite 480
Los Angeles

And if you want to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo in the most delicious way possible, check out these family-friendly restaurants: Horchateria, El Coyote, El Cholo, Tere’s and Loteria.

What’s your favorite place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Tell us in the comments below.

—Christina Fiedler


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