California Festivals


Cinco de Mayo San Diego

May 5-7, 2023

Friday 12-10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday  10 a.m.-6 p.m.

San Diego Avenue between Conde and Twiggs
San Diego, CA

Entertainment: Multiple Troubadours, Mariachis, Ballet Folkloricos, Face Painters + DJ Mo Lyon, Victor Santana AKA Mr. Old Town, Johnny Tarr, Tamara, Santana (not Carlos), Jim Allen
Locations: 4105 Taylor Street, 2461 San Diego Ave., 2470 San Diego Ave., 2754 Calhoun St., 3890 Twiggs St. 4010 Twiggs St.

Artisan Mercado Daily on Harney Street 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Get lost in the mercado as you roam in and out of vibrant, colorful booths filled with handmade arts and crafts from local artisans.

The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast attracts more than 100,000 people annually. In addition to music and entertainment, Lucha libre wrestling matches at the new Lucha Cantina, over 75 authentic food and craft vendor, the iconic Lowrider Lane and an authentic Spanish atmosphere lend to this annual celebration now celebrating its 35th year in 2018. 

Last year  this entertainment was included:

Lowrider Lane  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Twiggs St. Between Congress St & Juan St.  
20+ exquisitely crafted lowrider cars and automobiles

Lucha Libre 12-9 p.m. Saturday | 12-4 p.m. Sunday
San Diego Avenue between Harney & Conde
Cheer the masked luchadores in the Lucha Libre wrestling ring

Kids Area 12-5 p.m.
In front of Whaley House Museum
Make a pioneer dolls or tissue flowers, Listen to stories about the early settlers of San Diego, Buffalo chip throw, Hoop and stick Rope, ring toss, Folk dancing

Food Over 50 food, beverage and retail vendors throughout the weekend serve traditional Mexican dishes alongside incredible vendors offering smoky BBQ, sweet and salty kettle corn, wood-fired pizza, shaved ice and more.

Fiery Fiesta Get Down in Old Town! The annual celebration is the spiciest weekend of the year. Over 25 bands, traditional ballet folklorico dancers, Lucha Libre performances, equestrian shows, a mercado with over 100 retail and food booths, beer garden and more! Street closures in the entire Historic Old Town area with a transformation of the streets into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border.

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo annual festival is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border, filled with mariachis, cervezas, great food, and more! The Fiesta's sizzling entertainment  can be enjoyed at the beer and margarita gardens and tequilerias, offering thirst-quenching relief. Don't forget to drink plenty of agua fresco -- like tamarind, jamaica or horchata.

Get into the fiesta spirit; gather the amigos and head to Old Town for the ultimate in Cinco de Mayo fun. Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation.

Cinco de Mayo

Balboa Park Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, horseback riders, strolling mariachis, fashion show, food trucks, and a free concert. Highlights: Jarabe Mexicano, horseback procession, with Escaramuza Charra las Golondrinas and Asociacion Charros Herencia Charra led by a floreador,   Mariachi Victoria and the Paris Escovedo Band, San Diego State University Drumline procession, Huichol artisans from Nayarit, Mexico and activities for all ages and interests.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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