Cinco de Mayo is a joyful time anywhere it’s celebrated, but there’s a certain richness to the occasion in San Diego’s Old Town. Located in the birthplace of the modern city, Old Town is home to some of the most extraordinary local attractions, and there’s no better time to experience it than now.
Old Town’s Cinco De Mayo Festival
Spanning the entire weekend, each day of Cinco De Mayo is an immersive whirlwind of fun, excitement, and flavor. The musical lineups are stellar, as are the dining choices, provided by some of the most legendary Mexican restaurants in San Diego, and you’ll get front row seats to unforgettable entertainment.
Music of Cinco De Mayo
Flamenco, norteno, mariachi, and more: Some of Latino music’s most storied genres are on display this weekend. Past years included the likes of Mariachi Real, Perla Negra, and the Manny Cepeda Orchestra, and we can expect the 2018 roster to bring more incredible talent to the stages.
With twice-daily reenactments of the Battle of Puebla as the centerpiece, the weekend showcases a number of vibrant cultural traditions. The Lowrider Lane Car Show takes place all three days, along with tons of kids’ activities, including a petting zoo, pony rides, and more. Bringing the excitement of an arena to the open air of Old Town, the Lucha Libre matches will see San Diego’s reigning wrestling stars square off against one another.
What to Eat and Drink
Whether you’re digging into a plate of tacos or toasting with some speciality margaritas, the list of restaurants participating in Cinco de Mayo represent some of San Diego’s most popular Mexican kitchens. Head to Old Town Mexican Cafe, Rockin’ Baja Lobster, or our personal favorite, Miguel’s Cocina.
What to Do in Old Town
The best way to take in San Diego’s Latino heritage is by planning out tons of time to visit the cultural landmarks of Old Town. Get familiar with the history, strolling through Presidio Park and its many points of interest, including the Junipero Serra Museum, El Campo Santo, and the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, with its living history display.
Visit Old Town during Cinco de Mayo and celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year. Ask us for even more recommendations on how best to enjoy this remarkable occasion!