The 5th of May offers plenty of reasons to celebrate. Not only does the date mark the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, it’s also a time when Detroit is its liveliest. Cinco de Mayo celebrations provide plenty of food, entertainment, and fun for locals and visitors. If you haven’t marked your calendar in anticipation of the occasion, today is the time to do so!
Make It a Day to Remember
Here are four ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Detroit:
1. Get Lost in Southwest Detroit and explore the large-scale murals. One of the best ways to spend the afternoon is exploring the mural exhibit in Southwest Detroit by 1xrun. The exhibition was done in 2015 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by featuring Mexican artists. Don’t miss our personal favorite by Saner and Marka27!
2. Enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner. There are a number of places serving up authentic cuisine. Among the more notable is El Barzon on Junction Street. This is one of our personal favorites and has the most magical outdoor seating. A full menu and (of course) the drinks make it the place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Los Galanes is another hotspot. The cinnamon-sugar chips are a highlight of ours. Insider tip: Anywhere you stumble into in Mexican Town does not disappoint!
3. Take part in the Hightail to Ale 5K. Who doesn’t love a 5K race followed by a keg party? If you’re of legal drinking age, this might be just what you were looking for in the way of entertainment this Cinco de Mayo. Register at HighTailtoAle.com. Do the race solo or with a group of your best friends. You’ll get to sample some of Michigan’s best local made beer. You’ll even get a finisher medal hanger if you attend all three Thirsty 3 events. If you’d rather volunteer, you can sign up to do that instead.
4. Learn more about Latina and Latino art by visiting the El Museo Del Norte. Check out the latest exhibits and become engrossed in Latina and Latino artists. Celebrate Michigan residents Jesse Gonzalez, Mary Luevanos, Lisa Luevanos, Nora Mendoza, Martin Moreno, Julio Perazza, George Vargas, and Alesia Zettlemoyer. See their life’s work and appreciate the beauty of their heritage.
Enjoy the liveliness and laughter that comes with a celebration such as Cinco de Mayo. Detroit provides the perfect setting for such a festive occasion. Take advantage of everything the city has to offer this May 5th.
Choose the Events That Interest You the Most
You’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Some events are better left to adults while others are kid-friendly. Find new ways to see your city for the rich, cultural place that it is.
There is plenty of excitement to be had during Cinco de Mayo in Detroit. It’s up to you to decide which events are worth attending. You’ll likely find something incredible to do in the morning as well as the evening.
J’adore Exclusive: Alley Taco Opening News
And the party doesn’t stop with Cinco de Mayo might we add as we have big news! We are opening a restaurant serving our most favorite thing: TACOS! Our very own Alley Taco – boasting California-Style Mexican Cuisine - is going to be opening its doors very soon! Our flagship location will be offering more seating and an expanded menu. Our menu offers meals or a snack for all times of day and budget and don’t worry - our 5 tacos for $5 has been a huge hit since it was introduced at the original location and will continue to be a staple at the flagship. The best part is - we will be open late night (most nights) until 4am to make sure you get in those late night taco cravings! Stay tuned for all the updates over the next month until the official open date! J’adore Detroit readers will be the first to know when we open our doors.