When it comes to celebrations, nobody does Cinco de Mayo quite like Dallas. The day marks the anniversary of Mexico's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and creates fanfare all over the city. From the food and drinks to shopping and beyond, here's a list of ways you can get festive for Cinco de Mayo in Dallas.
Eat & Drink
Taqueria La Ventana - 1611 McKinney Ave
Gathering around food and drinks is a fool-proof way to celebrate any holiday, especially Cinco de Mayo. One place that gets it right is Taqueria La Ventana. This year, the taco haven – known for its poppin' patio – will host a Cinco de Mayo event equipped with live music, street tacos, margaritas and drink specials. The event takes place Thursday, May 5 from 2–10 p.m.
Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex - 2722 N Fitzhugh Ave
Bring your appetite and energy to Joe Leo Thursday, May 5. The Uptown eatery, whose fajitas and margaritas are fan favorites, is set to host a fiesta filled with food, photo ops, face painting, mariachi and a DJ.
The Rustic - 3656 Howell St
One of Dallas' most well-known venues is bringing the heat for Cinco de Mayo. On Thursday, May 5, be sure to stop by for mini beer burros, live music, a mariachi appearance and $5 margaritas from 3-6 p.m.
More options: Head to Las Palmas in Uptown for spicy margaritas, enchiladas, and pizza vaquero, visit the new Mi Cocina location in Klyde Warren Park for their famous mambo taxis, or head to Primo's at The Statler for carne asada fries, masa ball soup and a blood orange guavarita.
Parades and Gatherings
Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiestas - Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 Jefferson Boulevard
If you're looking to take to the streets to celebrate, the Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiestas –hosted by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts – is the place to be. On Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. you can expect music, vendors, art and crafts and plenty of food and drinks. This event will be held at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and is free to the public.
Cinco De Mayo Festival - Four Corners Brewing Company, 1311 S Ervay St
If festivals are your vibe, the Cinco de Mayo Festival hosted by the traveling business market, El Mercadito DFW, is the move you'll want to make. On Sunday, May 1 from 12-6 p.m. you can enjoy live bands, mariachi, ballet folklórico, kids' activities, food, prizes and more! This free event is taking place at Four Corners Brewing Company.
Shopping/Arts & Culture
Cinco de Mayo Pop-Up - Camp Bishop, 407 West 10th Street
Hosted by The Social Chica and The White Pearl Co., the Cinco de Mayo Pop-up is the opportunity to celebrate the holiday while supporting local Latina-owned businesses. The free event – which will feature vendors, food, drinks and music – takes place Sunday, May 1 from 12-4 p.m. at Camp Bishop.
Painting with a Twist - 5202 W Lovers Ln
Grab a group or head solo to Painting with a Twist to sip and express your artistic abilities, Cinco de Mayo style. Reserve your spot on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m., to create a Margarita Time wooden hanger. Bring your own booze or a non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are $37 per person. Secure your spot here.
Mercado 369 - 410 N Bishop Ave
Looking to celebrate the holiday by supporting artisans? Oak Cliff's Mercado 369 has a wide range of original art, textiles, and jewelry, created by Latin American makers. Browse and buy items like ceramics, photography, paintings, masks and more.