Cinco de Mayo is officially upon us! The fifth of May is commonly mistaken as Mexican Independence Day, but it actually commemorates Mexico’s underdog victory in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. Fast forward to the new millennium and the mostly American-celebrated holiday is unrecognizable from its original roots. However, Los Angeles is home to some incredible events that honor and celebrate Mexican history, and we’ve gathered all of our favorite ones below.
1. Cinco de Mayo Rose Bowl Festival
3. Pershing Square Cinco de Mayo Fest
What better way than to appreciate culture than through music? The beloved DTLA park, Pershing Square, is throwing the ultimate Cinco de Mayo Fest featuring live musical performances by LA Orquesta Nueva Revolucion, El Mariachi Cielito Lindo, La Revancha, and DJ Hem.
4. La Placita Olvera
This historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, which is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, is lined with vendors selling everything from colorful piñatas to Mexican pottery. This restored district honors the city’s Mexican heritage and is one of the best places to get delicious Mexican food and browse traditional crafts. This weekend, they will have live music, exhibitor booths, activities, and more!
📍Location: Olvera St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
5. Museum of Latin American Art
Located in the LBC, the Museum Of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to featuring and highlighting both modern and contemporary Latin American art. While general admission is typically $15, the museum is totally free to the public on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
📍 Location: 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
6. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a cultural space that aims to uplift, share, and preserve the stories and art of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinx people in our community. It’s currently home to the artwork of Margaret Garcia, a local artist, and beloved legend who paints Angelenos she’s encountered throughout her life. You can learn more about her exhibit here.
📍Location: 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
7. Museum of Cinco by Modelo
As mentioned previously, Cinco de Mayo is a bit of a misunderstood holiday, and Modelo’s Museum of Cinco wants to return to its roots. They have joined forces with Mexican Actor Jaime Camil to present an exhibit highlighting the symbolic victory behind the day and the origins of Cinco de Mayo gatherings in the U.S. In this 21+ experience, guests will browse through handcrafted decor, traditional pottery, and other artisan goods from their mercado. Attendees can also take part in the holiday’s festivities like listening to traditional music and trying delicious food all while enjoying a Modelo. (Modelo drinks will be available to purchase at the event.)
📝 Details: Free, 21+ only.
🗓️ When: Sunday, May 7, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
📍 Location: La Placita Olvera Cinco de Mayo Festival (125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
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