It’s never too early to plan holiday celebrations, especially if you want to book a good spot to enjoy Texas’ favorite reason to drink margaritas, eat tacos, and listen to live mariachi bands. Cinco de Mayo, the annual celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla, lands on a Friday this year, but some spots are keeping the celebrations going all weekend long.
Here is your guide to celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Dallas.
Parades, Festivals, and Celebrations
On May 6, make sure to check out the Dallas Cinco de Mayo 2023 parade and fiestas at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. This authentic event includes the parade step off at 9:45 am, followed by awards, DJs, and more festivities.
From 2 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, you can also head to Carpenter Plaza Park in downtown for a Cinco de Mayo Market Fest. There will be over 60 vendors, food, music, loteria, and a grito contest.
At the Dallas Farmers Market, there will be a celebration from 10 am to 3 pm with folklorico dancers, latino/a-owned businesses, food, drinks, and family friendly activities.
Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo Silent Disco Fiesta at AT&T Performing Arts Center on May 5 at 8 pm. For $25 per person (plus fees), the event features DJs spinning Latin music including reggaeton, salsa, Latin pop, bachata, merengue, and more. Margaritas and beer will also be available to buy.
Head to Taqueria La Ventana in downtown on May 5 from 2 pm to 10 pm for the Mexican restaurant’s annual Cinco de Mayo party. For $10 per person for admission, the celebration will feature live music, street tacos, drink specials, and a face painter.
On May 5, Truck Yard is hosting a Down to Fiesta celebration at all of its locations. Festivities include luchador wrestling, Chihuahua/little dog race, Tex-Mex food trucks, and more. Featured drinks include the Double Margarita (including a free luchador mask), Texican beer buckets, orange Ancho tequila shot, and MexTex Mexican Lager by Second Rodeo Brewing. There will also be prize-filled piñatas and live music.
Food and Drink Specials
Douglas at Snider Plaza is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with tequila flights, specialty margs, Tex-Mex specials, and more on May 5. Codigo has partnered with the restaurant to offer a tequila flight for the holiday featuring Codigo Reposado Rosa, Codiga Reposado, Codigo Anejo, Codigo Anejo Barrel Proof, and Codiga Extra Anejo for $65.
The Rustic is celebrating Cinco de Mayo on May 5 at 11 am. There will be free live music (starting at 6 pm), as well as Half Price Happy Hour from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Deep Ellum and Addison locations of Vidorra will both have mariachi bands from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, specialty margarita flights, and more this Cinco de Mayo.
Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex is partnering with Dos Equis and Casamigos for a celebration on May 5 featuring a DJ, live mariachi band, specialty drinks, and giveaways.
From 4 pm to 6 pm on May 5, Rodeo Bar is offering $6 Rodeo burgers, queso, house wine, and more, as well as live music.
All MUTTS locations will be offering their signature Barkaritas™ for just $5 on May 5 from 3 pm to 10 pm.
Head to The Finch or STIRR any time on Cinco de Mayo for $5 house margs.
Downtown’s Uno Mas is hosting their Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5 at 4 pm. There will be mariachi, dancing, food and drinks, face painting, and giveaways.