Every year on the 5th of May, in honor of the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, revelers flood the streets of America in droves in search of cheap margaritas and bottles of lime-stuffed beer. And, fortunately for most of us, this year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, leaving us with plenty of celebrations to choose from. Here is a roundup of some of Atlanta’s best Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Fiesta Atlanta, the largest Cinco de Mayo party in the Southeast, will celebrate Hispanic heritage with an all day festival at Centennial Olympic Park. The festival regularly draws over 45,000 attendees. The festivities begin at 10 A.M. on Sunday, May 6th and will feature two stages of live musical performances by international and local artists, Mexican folk dancing, a ¿5 Qué? (5K) Race, mariachi music, and plenty of authentic Hispanic foods.
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 6th. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. www.fiestaatlanta.com, free admission.
Eclipse de Luna – Dunwoody
Eclipse de Luna’s 6th annual Cinco de Mayo Bash comes to Dunwoody on Saturday, May 5th. Starting at 1 p.m., the Dunwoody location will host an all-day party featuring live Latin and international music, live DJs, drink specials, and a special menu celebrating the Mexican holiday. The party continues into the evening, but those that come before 5 p.m. can join the Bash free of charge.
1 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday, May 5th. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 678-205-5862, www.cincodemayoatl.com. No cover before 5 p.m.
The Midtown gastropub is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration this Saturday, May 5th, including live music and a special South-of-the-border inspired menu. In addition to the house made sangria and Dos XX they will serve up, the first 20 people to sign up can participate in TAP’s second annual taco eating contest. A $10 entry fee gives contestants a shot at the $150 grand prize .
11 a.m.-midnight, Saturday May 5th. 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-347-220, www.tapat1180.com. Free admission, $10 entry fee for taco eating contest.
What says “celebration of Mexican heritage” like giant pastel hats and horse races? Ok, so it may not be your traditional tequila soaked Cinco de Mayo celebration, but the Shephard Center’s Derby Day falls on the 5th of May this year, and certainly offers up a fun-filled day of festivities for a good cause. An Atlanta tradition since 1983, the outdoor party held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers includes a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, food and beverages, live bands, and a live and silent auction. All proceeds go to benefit the Shepherd Center’s Therapeutic Recreation Program.
2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 5th. Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers. www.derbyday.com, $60 online/$70 at the door.
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog