Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With These Metro Detroit Events

Catch live lucha lebre wrestling, nosh on authentic Mexican cuisine, order a shot of tequila, and more at these events this Cinco de Mayo.
The Mexican Patriotic Committee of Metro Detroit is holding its 59th annual Cinco de Mayo parade and fiesta this year. The 3-mile parade in Southwest Detroit features floats, performers, and more. // Photograph courtesy of Nuñez Isai

Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, but really, the holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) and has become a time during which Mexican Americans celebrate their rich culture and heritage.

From the annual Cinco de Mayo parade in Southwest Detroit and We Are Culture Creators’ Fiesta Detroit to lucha libre wresting and a tequila festival in Royal Oak, there’s no shortage of events happening in our area. Here’s a look at five standouts for you to enjoy responsibly and respectfully.

59th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade & Fiesta

The Mexican Patriotic Committee of Metro Detroit is hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at West Vernor Highway and 21st Street all weekend long. The fiesta runs Saturday and Sunday with traditional music and cultural activities and in the past has included vendors, mariachis, and food. The 3-mile parade on Sunday is the big draw with spectacularly decorated floats, talented performers, and more. May 4-5. No cost to view the parade; other fees may apply. Southwest Detroit area; mpcdetroit.org.

Fiesta Detroit

Somos Culture Creators, a subsidiary of local collective We Are Culture Creators that services Detroit’s Latino art community, hosts several days of Cinco de Mayo events starting on Friday and leading up to the big day on Sunday. Spread across seven active areas in the Mexicantown and Bagley Street areas, this event is expected to host 75 influencers and performers, including live music across five stages; an artisan market featuring more than 100 vendors; wrestling; a beer garden; and much more. Select days May 3-5. No cost for the street fair; $15-$20 cover for the concerts. El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit, and the surrounding area; weareculturecreators.com.

Painting, Stickers & Mariachi

The Detroit Public Library is encouraging kids and families to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by coming together and creating art pieces that honor the holiday using supplies such as bric-a-brac, paint, and stickers. May 4. No cost. Detroit Public Library, Jefferson Branch, 12350 E. Outer Drive, Detroit; detroitpubliclibrary.org.

Lucha Boom

Sanctuary Fight Club teams up with We Are Culture Creators to bring an evening of lucha libre wrestling, along with ethnic food and other cultural fun, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The event, which is a part of the larger Fiesta Detroit, will start at 7 p.m. on May 3. $25-$75. Big Pink, 6440 Wight St., Detroit; sanctuaryfightclub.com.

Royal Oak Tequila Fest

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by exploring the agave-based Mexican spirit at this year’s festival. Guests at the event will sample a variety of tequila brands, tequila liqueurs, crèmes, mezcals, and more alongside handcrafted margaritas and other cocktails. In addition, find taco trucks, live music, games, and shopping. May 4. $49-$69. Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak; eventbrite.com.

Click here to find Mexican-owned restaurants to support on Cinco de Mayo and all year long.

This story originally appeared in the May 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of Hour Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on May 6.