Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In Austin, TX

Cinco de Mayo is a yearly festival continued on the day or near that commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army against French armies at the War of Puebla on 5th May 1862. In the US, though, Cinco de Mayo has become a party of Mexican-American culture, together with the army commemoration only a small portion of events that include picnics,  music, dance, car shows, food, beverage,  movies, and much more –all to shine a light on the substantial influences of Mexico and its civilizations.

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday this year, so parties will be all weekend. We’ve rounded up some of them below.

1. Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival

This festival commemorates the accordion-driven music which has long roots in the Texas-Mexico border. This year, its places vary by day:

  • Bar-B-Q in Graceland (8600 W. Highway 290) on May 4, Friday
  • Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (801 Red River Street) on May 5, Saturday
  • One-2-One Bar (1509 South Lamar Boulevard) on May 6, Sunday

The festival will highlight 20 bands and will be headlined on Saturday by the renowned Flaco Jimenez on the large platform at Stubb’s. Saturday will also be the time when celebration hosts an effort to introduce a Guinness World Record for the number of accordionists to perform “Viva Seguin” at the same time.

2. Fiestas Patrias of Austin

Fiestas Patrias of Austin will entertain its yearly Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Sunday, May 5 at Dela Rosa Event Center. As there’s no such thing as too much conjunto, the Fiesta will emphasize 26th Annual Conjunto Festival of Johnny Degollado, with Los Pinkys,  Santos Sosa y Sus Estrellas, Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto, and more. As always, festival organizers suggest that you “bring your chanclas and lawn chairs .”

3. Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

The Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival takes place May 1-5 this season in numerous places, including the MACC. (Others are Nomad Hostel, Mexic-Arte Museum, AFS Cinema,  Mass gallery, and Originator Studio.) The festival brings together Latino and Native actors,  screenwriters and filmmakers from all over the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas. Which, okay, goes beyond Mexico, but is an event on such holiday.

4. Mexic-Arte Museum

The museum isn’t hosting some special Cinco de Mayo events this season, but it is a point for your Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, and it’s also a fabulous time to watch its existing shows: Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection–which, as per its website, “investigates the plurality of resistance, highlighting several families of Latinx and Latin American resistance ” and varies from conventional photography to “innovative methods, such as video, installation, and unconventional photography”–and its own temporary exhibition displaying the works of 30 printmakers and topics about the Southwest area of the country. Check museum website for latest updates.

5. Cinco de Mayo Car Show in Indian Roller

The South Austin bar will entertain an event that begins with a car show at 1 p.m. On Saturday, May 5. While the event gets top billing, there’ll also be mariachi karaoke, Loteria, and live bands capped off with a Disco de Mayo starring DJ Ziggy Gonzo and DJ Diggy Dutch.

6. Fun Play in Morris Williams Golf Course

The Nonprofit educational and networking group Executive Women’s Golf Association will sponsor an 18-hole Cinco de Mayo advantage “shamble”(something complex about two-person teams and where the ball lands–it is explained on the event website, where you can even pre-register/buy tickets) on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m.

7. Inspired Movement Latin Dance Boat Party

Inspired Movement studio will hold its annual Latin Dance Boat Party featuring Zouk, Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba. Tickets, which cost $60-$75, hold a Bachata Workshop and Challenge.

8. Mohawk Austin

It’s tough to beat rejoicing Cinco de Mayo with Austin Selena recognition band Bidi Bidi Banda, and presenting teenaged sister-rockers Tiarra Girls on the bill doesn’t hurt. Latin fusion band Este Vato starts.

9. Southwest Key Programs

Southwest Key will celebrate on Saturday. 11 a.m. To 12:30 p.m. With live dance, music, and art, such as Ballet Folklorico from mariachi, area schools,  and a show by Plow Boyz. The ceremony will be held at Southwest Key Programs Centro de Familia (6002 Jain Lane).

10. Cinco De Miles in Ready to Run

This entertaining fun run,  and accessible to the general public on May 4, at 8:00 am, it is the day before Cinco de Mayo, but we are giving them a pass due to the event name. There’ll be a 5K/10K run or walk, family friendly to make it enjoyable for an assortment of runners. Strollers and pets are welcome.  Locate just south of Austin in Lockhart.

Food and Drink Related Events

cinco de mayo food

  • El Chilito is honoring Cinco de Mayo with a pig roast whole of $2 crispy pork tacos, Micheladas, and beer, and a pinata and giveaways, from 1 to 4 p.m. (2219 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
  • For brewpub Brewtorium’s Anniversary, it is throwing a mix Cinco de Mayo/German spring celebration Manifest/birthday celebration from noon to 7 p.m. On deck will be food dishes, German beers, baby goats, and live Dog adoptions, music, screen printed shirts and much more. (6015 Dillard Circle, Highland)
  • East Austin pub Whisler’s and mezcal bar Mezcaleria Tobola is going out for Cinco de Mayo. The upstairs bar will concentrate on margaritas with various flavors in addition to a metal punch, and the central basement bar will serve up special cocktails and Victoria lager, all from 2 p.m. to midnight. (1816 East 6th Street, East Austin)
  • The Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Jacoby’s Mexican restaurant Grizzelda’s features queso, a taco bar, and margaritas, and guacamole with $20 Tickets running from 4 to 8 pm (105 Tillery Street, Govalle)
  • South Austin brewery St. Elmo Brewing Company is bringing back its Mexican lager, Señor Bueno, using a Cinco de Mayo celebration. There is a live performance by Conjunto Los Pinkys, and Asian trailer is shifting its menu with Mexican-inspired food. It goes from noon to 8 pm (440 East Saint Elmo Road, South Austin)
  • For Cinco de Mayo, Craftsman is entertaining a Hot pepper-eating competition while providing specials on food and drinks. It begins at 2 p.m. (2000 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)

chilli pepper eating contest

So instead of sitting at home all weekend, get out and enjoy some of the festivities around town.  Plenty to see and do… and have yourself a tasty Margarita!  Of course, for those of you creative types, I am sure this weekend is also great to host a fun musical themed Mexican Cinco de Mayo party in the backyard.