May 4, 2019
11am–6pm
Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Experience one of the region’s largest free Cinco de Mayo events at the annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park. The day’s collaborative, community-driven programming includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks, and more. Activities and entertainment will take place in both the Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion throughout the day.

A horseback procession featuring Escaramuza Charra las Golondrinas and Asociación Charros Herencia Charra will help set the tone for the day’s festivities. The popular local ballet folklórico groups La Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego and Wa-Kushma will also add to the authentic Mexican flavor of the event. Musical entertainment will be provided by the City Heights Mariachi and Jarabe Mexicano, who performs a free one-hour concert in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion starting at 5:00 pm.

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 on the El Prado walkway.

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

Check back in the coming weeks for a full schedule of music, dance, crafts, and other activities.