Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With These Metro Detroit Events

Catch live dance and music performances, nosh on authentic Mexican cuisine, and order up a round of margaritas
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The organizers (pictured above) of Fiesta Detroit have planned a day of performances, vendor spotlights, and more to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. // Photograph courtesy of Somos Culture Creators

From live outdoor performances and a virtual parade to a tequila class and tasty taco pop-ups, here’s a look at the Cinco de Mayo celebrations taking place across metro Detroit this year. Enjoy the festivities and remember to party responsibly by masking up, social distancing, and washing your hands.

Fiesta Detroit

Somos Culture Creators — a subsidiary of local collective We Are Culture Creators that services Detroit’s Latinx art community — and Fiesta Vibes have teamed up to organize a week of events in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The main event, Fiesta Detroit, takes place on May 1 and features 20 vendors, four corrido bands, break dancing, International Bigtime Wrestling, DJs, and more. Find more details about Fiesta Detroit and other events on the Somos Culture Creators’ website. $10 for Fiesta Detroit show admission; $125 for VIP booth seating. May 1. La Esquina, 4132 Bagley St., Detroit; eventbrite.com

Cinco de Mayo at Beacon Park

This community event will feature live music from Detroit’s Groupo Escobar and DJ Sabor, salsa and cumbia dance performance and lessons from Detroit Dance Loft, and a performance from Mexican folkloric dance troupe Raices Mexicanas de Detroit. Attendees are welcome to grab food from nearby restaurant Lumen Detroit and food trucks Los Dos Amigos Taco Truck and Pablo’s Tacos. No cost; pre-registration is required. May 2. Beacon Park, 1903 Grand River, Detroit; eventbrite.com

Cinco de Mayo with Dixon’s Violin & Friends Outside at Voyager

Ferndale seafood spot Voyager is hosting Cinco de Mayo festivities outside its restaurant this year. Enjoy music by local artists Dixon’s Violin, an improvisational violinist who has given three TED talks/performances; singer-songwriter Marbrisa, who performs a blend of Latin, jazz, funk, and folk music; and Royal Grand, a melodic group inspired by Americana, rock, funk, and the Grateful Dead. Voyager will be serving up a menu of crab nachos, crispy fish tacos, pork belly tacos, sweet potato tacos, loaded lobster burritos, and churros. Social distancing must be observed, and masks must be worn unless you’re consuming food or beverages in a designated area. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets as well. $25 in advance and $30 day of; no cost for kids 12 and under. May 5. Voyager, 600 Vester St., Ferndale; 248-658-4999; eventbrite.com

Virtual Southwest Detroit Cinco de Mayo Celebration

In place of in-person events, the Mexican Patriotic Committee of Metro Detroit, the COVID313 Coalition for Families and Students, and Detroit Public Television are coming together to host the second Virtual Southwest Detroit Cinco de May Celebration. The event will feature performances by traditional Mexican folkloric dancers and entertainers, videos from previous Cinco de Mayo parades, and messages from the Mexican Consulate in Detroit and Southwest Detroit business owners and residents. May 2 and 5. Virtual event; facebook.com/detroitpublictv

Cinco de Mayo in York Yard

Ypsilanti taco pop-up and small-batch hot sauce business Lucha Puerco is setting up shop at York Yard in Ann Arbor this Cinco de Mayo. The pop-up’s menu includes carnitas tacos, chicken wing tacos, birria ramen, elote, and frijoles charros.  No cost for entrance. May 5. York Yard, 1928 Packard St., Ann Arbor; 734-662-0798; luchapuerco.com

Cinco de Mayo at Las Tortugas Taqueria Sterling Heights

Catch a performance by local music group Eslabón norteño de Detroit at Las Tortugas Taqueria on Cinco de Mayo at Las Tortugas Taqueria. The authentic Mexican restaurant will also be holding giveaways in honor of the holiday, and guests can enjoy drinks and food such as queso dip, enchiladas, fajitas, and quesadillas. No cost for entrance. May 5. Las Tortugas Taqueria, 40850 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights; 586-554-7581; facebook.com/lastortugasshelby

Tequila Education Class and Tequila Tasting Featuring Don Julio Tequila

Detroit Shipping Co. is inviting locals ages 21 and over to enjoy a tequila class and tasting this Cinco de Mayo. A Don Julio expert will teach the class, which includes tasting samples of four different styles of tequila. Guests will also get a drink ticket to use on a Don Julio cocktail and two food tokens to use at any Detroit Shipping Co. restaurant. Face masks are required unless eating or drinking. $45. May 5. Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973; eventbrite.com

Josébar for Cinco de Mayo with Casa Amado + El Jimador

Amado Lopez, a classically trained Mexican chef who runs metro Detroit pop-up taqueria Casa Amado, is taking over Hazel Park’s Joebar on Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy a menu that includes a Sonoran Atomic Dawg, a taco dinner, and chips and guacamole, and Joebar margaritas made with Tequila el Jimador. No cost for entrance; walk-ins only. May 5. Joebar, 23838 John R Road, Hazel Park; 248-291-5711; joebar.com  

Cinco de Mayo at EMBC

Spend the evening at Eastern Market Brewing Co. celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an order of Margarita Goose, a beer brewed with lemons, limes, oranges, and pink Himalayan sea salt, and food from the brewery’s neighbor Jose’s Tacos. EMBC will also be holding trivia at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. No cost for entrance. May 5. Eastern Market Brewing Co., 2515 Riopelle Detroit; 248-556-5512; easternmarket.beer

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