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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2019 in San Diego

What better time to indulge in tacos, tequila, music, and Mexican culture?


Photo: Fiesta Old Town

What better time than Cinco de Mayo to indulge in tacos, tequila, music and Mexican culture? From a traditional fiesta in Old Town to family runs at Lake Poway, there is no shortage of ways to spend the day—or the entire weekend. Join in on the most colorful, most delicious, and most memorable ways to celebrate Mexican heritage.


Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Where: Old Town

When: May 4-6

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Old Town for the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration in San Diego. Bring your friends and family to this free weekend-long fiesta featuring live music, lucha libre wrestling, and lowrider car shows. Keep an eye out for food and drink specials at local restaurants. Danz Arts will provide Mexican and Spanish dance performances. Enjoy the sounds of traditional mariachi, salsa, and flamenco music as you sip margaritas and indulge in endless bites.


Cinco de Mayo Trail Run

Where: Lake Poway Trail

When: May 4

Looking to earn those tacos and burritos? Look no further than the 5K and 10K Cinco de Mayo Trail Run on the Lake Poway Trail. Compete or bring the whole family just to enjoy a beautiful morning in nature. Additionally, The Kathy Crafts Young Memorial Kids Race is a great fit for kids ages 7 and under who want to burn off some excess energy. Ticket prices range from $10-$40. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. All participants will receive a race shirt and virtual swag.


Cinco de Mayo: San Diego’s Premier Yacht Party

Where: Grape Street Pier

When: May 5

Party aboard the Hornblower Inspiration yacht’s three levels of music from hip-hop to Latin hits. DJ Esco will spin the tunes, so grab your pals and head over to the harbor. Ticket prices range from $45-$70. Event is from 4-8 p.m.


FOCUS Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Where: Coronado Community Center

When: May 5

Support this local nonprofit organization while you dine, dance and participate in silent and live auctions. FOCUS Cinco de Mayo Fiesta takes place at the Coronado Community Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include appetizers and a buffet dinner as well as dancing. Proceeds go toward Friends of Children United Society (FOCUS), a nonprofit that supports battered, abused homeless, disadvantaged, and foster children in San Diego County. Tickets are $100 per person.

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