How to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in LA
Los Angeles makes a fabulous place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that California has been heartily observing for well more than a century. In fact, the City of Angels lays claim to just about the world’s biggest Cinco de Mayo soiree: Fiesta Broadway. And you’ll be treated to the finest accommodations for the festivities with a guest room or suite at Hotel Amarano in downtown Burbank!
Cinco de Mayo—the Fifth of May—remembers the underdog victory of the Mexican Army over French forces at the 1862 Battle of Puebla, but these days it’s as much a celebration of Mexican and Mexican-American culture as anything else.
The epic block party/street fair of Fiesta Broadway, which is marking its 29th year in 2018, doesn’t actually take place on Cinco de Mayo, but rather the last Sunday in April (April 30th, in this case). The free fun—which includes live music and loads of vendors—goes down along (surprise, surprise) Broadway between Temple and 4th streets between 11 AM and 6 PM.
On Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, L.A.’s historic Mayan Theater hosts Lucha VaVoom, a unique, much-loved touring show that combines Mexican wrestling (with its famously masked combatants), burlesque, and comedy. If you’re intrigued—and we reckon you are—you can nab tickets at the Mayan’s website.
Dining Out in Cinco de Mayo Style
It’s no secret that LA boasts some of the finest Mexican restaurants in the country, so if you feel like spending the holiday tucking in to some appropriately south-of-the-border cuisine of the highest caliber, you’re in luck. From B.S. Taqueria to Tacos Cuernavaca, check out Time Out Los Angeles’s roundup of the city’s best taco emporiums, or peruse its list of the top Mexican restaurants in town.
Speaking of tacos, meanwhile, Cinco de Mayo also sees the Hecho in LA: Taco Madness event taking place from 6 PM to midnight at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Main Street. A smorgasbord of tacos from local food trucks and restaurants will be available alongside some refreshing micheladas: beer “cocktails” boosting cerveza with lime juice and spices.
We may not host a Mexican eatery here at Hotel Amarano, but you can still dine “out” without leaving our property. Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo meal of modern California-style cookery at Privato, or get in the celebratory spirit over drinks at our tapas bar, Library Lounge—or in one of our luxurious poolside cabanas. We’d love to host you for the holiday!