May 2, 2020
11:00 am–6:30 pm
Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park brings authentic Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities. Set within both the historic Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion, this year’s celebration once again features colorful horseback riders, traditional dance groups, a fashion show, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, authentic arts and crafts demonstrations by artisans from Mexico, food trucks, and a free concert event featuring Jarabe Mexicano.

A horseback procession from Escaramuza Charra las Golondrinas and Asociación Charros Herencia Charra will kick off the day’s festivities. Additional entertainment will be provided by the City Heights Mariachi and the San Diego State University Marching Aztecs Drumline, who will lead festival-goers to the free concert event featuring Jarabe Mexicano at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion starting at 5:00 p.m.

Other highlights of the day include a special fashion showcase of regional styles of dress from Mexico, and Huichol artisans from Nayarit, Mexico, demonstrating various traditional art techniques, sponsored by the Mexican Consulate. Additional activity booths will be hosted by event sponsors, park cultural organizations, and community partners.

A variety of cuisines from some of San Diego’s best food trucks will also be available throughout the day.

Check back for details, a complete schedule of activities, and a list of booth participants.


Transportation and Parking

Visitors arriving by car should park in the Inspiration Point parking lot at the corner of Park Blvd. and President’s Way and ride the free tram, which runs 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., into the park. Families can also take advantage of MTS Family Weekends, which allows two children 12 and under per each paying adult to ride the bus and trolley for free on Saturdays and Sundays. To plan your trip, visit


The Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park is presented by the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, and is supported by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.