Cinco de Mayo celebrates and acknowledges the richness and beauty of Mexican culture. This year’s activities will extend from May 5th until May 8th, 2022.

Here we present to you the top things to do and places to eat this Cinco de Mayo in and around Denver. ¡Vamos!

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Cinco de Mayo Denver Festival

  • Where: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave., Denver.
  • When: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th | 10am - 8pm
  • Price: Free admission.

A three-decade classic takes over Denver in a renewed edition, with more than 300 arts & crafts exhibitors + food vendors! This event is 100% family-friendly.

The festival starts with the Cinco de Mayo Community Parade on Saturday from 11am to 12pm. 

Three stages will liven up this fiesta from morning until evening, featuring a wide selection of genres such as mariachi, salsa, norteño, folklore, and other Latin rhythms. Other highlights are the taco-eating contest on Saturday, a lowrider car show on both days, and the famous Chihuahua race on Sunday!

Needless to say that there will be plenty of food options (and drinks) serving all the food we love: tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and favorites. But don’t dare to leave without trying the iconic dish of our city: GREEN CHILI.

Other family-friendly events in Denver that will offer Cinco de Mayo special activities are:

Mile High Flea Market Cinco de Mayo Festival

  • Where: I-76 & 88th Ave, Denver
  • When: Saturday & Sunday | 7am to 5 pm
  • Price: $3/person

Celebrate with a Mariachi band, Lucha Libre wrestlers, tacos, Micheladas, and more. 

Longmont Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Longmont Celebrates Cinco De Mayo 2022- We're Back! Registration, Sat, May  7, 2022 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite
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  • Where: Roosevelt Park, Longmont
  • When: Sunday 7th | 11am to 6pm
  • Price: Free admission

After a two-year hiatus, Longmont is bringing their festival back for the 19th edition. Longmont Celebrates Cinco de Mayo is an event that celebrates culture and honors the health of the Longmont community. Each year thousands of people come together to join in the celebration and enjoy the food, shopping, live entertainment, car show, break dance competition, and free family activities. 

In support of zero waste, bring a refillable water bottle. Water stations are provided.

Cinco de Mayo with extra Green Chili

Colorado-style green chile is slowly simmered with fire roasted tomatoes, giving it a rich flavor that distinguishes it from other versions of green chile (we hear you New Mexico!). A dish that perfectly represents the state’s cultural heritage. Here are a few places around Denver where you can try it:

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The Cherry Cricket

Try Chef Ronaldo's award-winning Denver-style pork green chile - R&C PORK GREEN CHILE.

La Loma

La Loma is a family-owned business that strives to maintain simply great food and provide world-class hospitality to its guests. Try their famous green chile served with rice, refried beans, and house-made flour tortillas - GRANDMA’S GREEN CHILE PLATE and a margarita. 

Otra Vez Cantina

Offering a creative take on Mexican fare with South American influences and an expansive beverage program features over 200 tequilas and mezcals!

Try their OTRA VEZ GREEN CHILI Soup with hatch green chiles, pork, and cheddar cheese. Vegetarian options are available!

The dinners at D' Corazon Restaurant are busy and boisterous. The environment is facilitated by their strong and cheap margaritas, the two best things any margarita can ever aspire to be. If this wasn’t enough to convince you, their Burrito Plate smothered in green chile is everything you want for this Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco in the mountains

If you don’t feel like an all-out fiesta and just want some margaritas and delicious tacos surrounded by the mountains, head out to Boulder, only 30 miles from Denver’s Downtown. Many Boulder restaurants are running food and drink specials for Cinco de Mayo. A few places we recommend in Boulder are:

Efrain’s of Boulder Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Voted best Margarita and Green Chili of Boulder!

T/ACO urban taqueria Boulder's very own community burrito and margarita emporium.

Centro Mexican Restaurant Inspired Mexican food & fresh-squeezed cocktails in the heart of Boulder. Open for indoor and patio dining.

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Denver Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl

Those looking to party (and over 21) prepare for the Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl in Denver Friday & Saturday. You'll meet other 'crawlers' at our starting bar, where you'll jump right into the activities for the night. With over 600+ bars and breweries, Denver is a major hub for all things craft and creative alcohol. Basic price: $30

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