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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in and Around Philly

Celebrate Mexican culture and history (and food) at these fun events.

While Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla, it is also a festive way to learn about Mexican arts and culture. From large scale block parties to more modest storytimes, we have a whole schedule of ways to celebrate with your family.

Carnaval de Puebla

April 29, welcome celebration at 8 am; parade beginning at noon

9th Street between Wolf Street and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Get an early start on Cinco de Mayo celebrations with South Philly’s colorful parade and street fair showcasing Mexican history and folk traditions through vibrant dance, song, and costumes.

Storytime in Mexico

May 2, 10:30 am

Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia

 

A special preschool storytime in honor of Cinco de Mayo!  Learn about Mexican culture by reading traditional tales and dancing to festive music.  For kids ages 2-5.

Cinco de Mayo Preschool Party at Roxborough Library

May 4, 10:30 am

6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate with stories, songs and rhymes.  This program is designed for children ages 3-6, along with an adult.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Lulu’s Casita

May 4, 4 — 7:30 pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with special crafts, a piñata, and complimentary margaritas! You may also BYOB for this fun event.

Downtown Cinco de Mayo (Wilmington)

Photograph by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

May 4, 4—10 pm

902 N. Market St., Wilmington, Delaware

 

This family-friendly event hosted by Ernest & Scott Taproom will feature authentic cuisine from street vendors, a margarita and mojito bar for adults, a Mexican fashion show, and live music by musicians including Hugo Cesar and Chucky Santos Y su Banda Bachatera. The event is free for kids age 15 and under.

‘Allá Abajo: A Reaction to Our Times’

May 4—July 8 (Opening Reception is May 4, 6—9 pm)

Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia

 

The work of contemporary Mexican artist Ornella Ridone will be on display, featuring over fifty hand-embroidered textiles that will be suspended throughout the galleries. The pieces, all sewn on discarded clothing, will feature stories from both Mexican and American residents, and will illustrate the important and complex relationship between the two countries. There will be a pay-what-you-wish opening reception on Friday, May 4 from 6—9 pm.

First Friday Salsa Nights at Schmidt’s Commons

May 4, 7—10 pm

1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Schmidt’s Commons kicks off the season with a pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration with Siempre Salsa Philly and Take the Lead Dance Project. First Friday Salsa Nights start with free all-ages salsa dance lessons from 7—7:30 pm, followed by salsa dancing until 10 pm. Elvis Bonilla y su Orquesta will be providing the live music. Revolution Taco will bring their truck too!

Cinco de Mayo Weekend at PHS Pop-Up Garden

May 4 — 6 (performance on May 5, 4 — 5 pm)

1438 South St., Philadelphia

 

This visually creative urban oasis will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on its opening weekend. On Saturday, May 5, from 4 — 5 pm there will be a mariachi performance.

El Rey Cinco de Mayo Block Party

Photograph by Laura Swartz

May 5, noon — 3 pm (block party goes until 11 pm, but family-friendly activities are the first three hours)

Ranstead Street between 20th and 21st Streets, Philadelphia

 

El Rey will close down Ranstead Street for an all-day block party! In the afternoon, enjoy street friendly Mexican fare, family friendly activities like face painting, game, crafts, and entertainment from a mariachi band.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Cafe y Chocolate

May 5, noon — 8 pm

2100 S. Norwood St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy lots of tasty Mexican treats from Café y Chocolate with live mariachis and Latin music! Proceeds from the party will fund Newbold CDC‘s initiative to install 50 bike racks in the neighborhood.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta for Dogs

May 5, 2 — 3:30 pm

Pet Friendly Dog Bakery, 4324 Main St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your doggies for a fiesta at this Manayunk dog bakery! They will be sampling their treats and featuring fun, new cookies to celebrate the day.

‘Three Amigos’ at South Street Cinema

May 5, 8 — 10 pm

327 South St., Philadelphia

 

I mean, sure! Look, this movie has nothing to do with the Puebla, and is as inauthentic as it gets, but it’s a ridiculous movie with Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase at the height of their comedic careers, and it’s how South Street Cinema is celebrating Cinco de Mayo, so bring your (older) kids for some wacky entertainment.

Festival Cinco de Mayo in Kennett Square

Photograph by Laura Swartz

May 6, 11 am — 5 pm

100 W. State St., Kennett Square

 

Casa Guanajuato will host a family-friendly day of celebration with food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and more. There is a whole schedule of live performance, from ballet to mariachi to hip hop. There are also kids’ craft activities starting at noon, including decorating piñatas and little pots for plants.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

May 6, 10 am — 5 pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The Barnes’ free family Sunday will celebrate Cinco de Mayo (as well as other world cultures) with bilingual storytimes, Mexican art activities, and more. Throughout the day, kids can try papel picado (Mexican paper cutting) to create cards or banners. At 1:30 pm, Dance Group Nuevo Mexico will teach kids about Mexican folklore and traditional dances.

 

 

Lead photograph by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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