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How to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in San Diego 2017

How to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in San Diego 2017

San Diego is not just America’s Finest City, it’s America’s Finest City for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. With a plethora of Mexican cuisine, bars and culture – there are great options for parties and events May 5 – 7, 2017.


Attend Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser at Firehouse (May 5)

Firehouse is hosting a celebration with a good cause. A donation of $10 gets you into VIP lounge on the rooftop patio. Enjoy live music, samples, games and more. Mexican cuisine will also be available for purchase.

Time: 5 – 8 pm

Tickets for sale here.

cinco de mayo firehouse

Attend the 34th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

May 5 – 7

Fiesta Old Town is a massive free weekend festival – biking distance from Pacific Beach – in San Diego’s Old Town.

Get excited for:

  • Cantina beer gardens
  • Tequila sampling
  • 4 stages featuring mariachi and Latino rock music
  • A lowrider car show, lucha libre matches and children’s’ activities
  • Exhibitions and competitions

Most importantly, there will be plenty of Mexican cuisine. Tacos. Margaritas. And more margaritas.

Good place to start: San Diego Ave & Twiggs Street  


Friday – All Night Happy Hour

Saturday – 11 am – 10 pm

Sunday – 11 am – 5 pm

(Some restaurants that will be having specials: Cafe Coyote, Fred’s Mexican Cafe, Old Town Mexican Cafe & Miguel’s Cocina.)

cafe coyote sopas

old town san diego

Hit a Mexican Restaurant in PB (Any Night this Weekend)

Go casual and hit a local PB taco shop or restaurant. Some spots we recommend:

  • The Local Pacific Beach : They typically do great margarita and taco deals on May 5.
  • Cabo Cantina : Because well, it’s Cabo Cantina. Giant margarita the size of your head anyone?  
  • Ramiro’s Taco Shop : This small, super casual spot serves up amazing tacos and carne asada fries. If you’re looking for down to Earth, authentic tacos, head here and take food to the beach!

tacos the local

*The Local’s Cajun Shrimp Tacos + Margarita

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