There’s one thing that every San Diegan loves, and that’s Mexican food. This city is practically bursting with California burritos and Carne asada fries. San Diego is the perfect place to enjoy some tacos and a Tecate, or five, this Cinco de Mayo. There will be events all over the city, ranging from “tacos with the family” to “MAS TEQUILA!” No matter your style, we’ve found the Cinco de Mayo event for you. Start the day on our Downtown walking tour at noon, and then check out one of the Cinco de Mayo events below.
Downtown & La Jolla
For those of you willing to drive to Orange County, Puesto will be throwing their free Cinco de Mayo party in Irvine this year. Cincoteca will have live music, drink specials and tons of tacos. Their Maine Lobster taco alone is worth the drive. If you prefer to stay within the San Diego city limits you can go to Puesto’s seaport village location downtown or their La Jolla location. The San Diego locations will still be slinging their mouth-watering array of tacos and shared plates all day. We recommend starting the meal with one of their guacamoles before moving onto the Esquite, and Spaghetti Squash Fideos.
Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Join in on the 34th annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo! From May 5th through May 7th the party in Old Town won’t stop. The fiesta will have live music and entertainment, lowrider lane for the car aficionados, Lucha Libre matches, children’s activities and tons of food & drink specials. On Friday you can enjoy all-day Cinco de Mayo happy hour at Cafe Coyote, Fred’s Mexican Cafe, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant, and more. We recommend you stop into Old Town Mexican Cafe for their amazing array of Mexican dishes. Start with the Sampler which comes with flautas, mini tacos, and sopes to snack on while you wait for your main course. If you have other plans for Cinco de Mayo you can still join the fun on Saturday or Sunday for more live music and entertainment.
Tin Roof will be throwing a tacos, tequila and tunes party. They’ll have an array of tacos for $2 as well as $3 Mexican beers and $5 Margaritas. For tacos you can choose between Carnitas, Chicken Tinga, Pepper Beef, Loco Pez, and the ‘Merican – which includes ground beef chili rolled in caramelized jack cheese. Tin Roof even has a veggie taco, Left Coast, for the vegetarians trying to get their Cinco de Mayo on. Don’t forget the tunes! Tin Roof is a live music bar so you can be sure they’ll keep you fed and dancing into the night.
City Tacos will be throwing a street food celebration with activities planned all day. The event called Viva North Park will begin at 11:30 am with French and Mexican cuisine inspired by the Battle of Puebla. For those of you who don’t know, Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s unlikely win against France during the Battle of Puebla. Somehow that snowballed into an American drinking holiday, but we’re not complaining. At 1 pm the festivities will step it up a notch with live music, a DJ, a photo booth and more. The event will become 21+ over at 4 pm when the circus performances and craft cocktails start pouring. We strongly recommend trying the portobello mushroom taco while you’re there. Even the pickiest carnivores love them.
Del Sur Mexican Cantina
Everyone loves a good cantina. Free chips AND salsa? We’re sold. This Cinco de Mayo Del Sur Mexican Cantina will have more than just chips and salsa. Try $2 bottled beer, $3 select Mexican drafts, $5 house Margaritas, and $6 sangria to start. There will also be live music to enjoy while you drink yourself halfway to Tijuana. As for the food, you can’t leave Del Sur without trying their Enchiladas Rancheras or the Nachos. Trust us.
Bring on the tacos, burritos, and tequila. Now you’re ready to have the best Cinco de Mayo yet. Hangover guaranteed.