Today is Cinco de Mayo, and there is no shortage of ways to celebrate in Tucson! No matter what part of the city you’re in, you’ll be able to find events that honor this Mexican holiday. Take a look at our infographic to learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo, and then keep scrolling to find information about a few of the different celebrations happening around Tucson.
Dine at an Authentic Mexican Restaurant
No matter where you live in Tucson, you’re bound to be close to a restaurant that serves delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine. This year, skip the fast food chains and visit a local favorite to enjoy tacos, tamales, margaritas, and other tasty options—from Cafe Poca Cosa to Rosa’s Mexican Food Restaurant, there is bound to be a dining spot you’ll love. Don’t forget to make a reservation, as tonight is sure to be a busy evening!
Attend Fiesta Patria
Are you in the mood for some Mariachi music? If so, plan to visit the Gaslight Music Hall! You’ll be treated to a night of traditional song and dance—the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your whole family. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are available online or at the box office.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Santa Catalina Catholic Church
The Cinco de Mayo festivities don’t have to end on May 5! If you want to continue celebrating this holiday over the weekend, consider attending the Cinco de Mayo Celebration hosted by Santa Catalina Catholic Church on Saturday, May 6. The event starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m., giving you plenty of time to enjoy the food trucks, kids’ games, live music, and traditional dancing.
Get Moving at the Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo 10K, 5K & FitKidz Mile
After you’ve enjoyed a weekend full of great food and frosty beverages, you can get active by walking or running in a 5k or 10k race on Sunday, May 7 at Starr Pass. There is even a team competition with great prizes like a keg of craft beer and a food truck gift certificate! Children under age 12 can participate in the 1-mile FitKidz race, and everyone will get to enjoy post-race breakfast burritos and a Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring Cholla High School’s Mariachi Club. The races start at 6:30 a.m. and the festivities begin at 8:00 a.m., and you can register in person with cash or a check the morning of the race.