Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Orange County

Things to do to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Newport Beach and Orange County

cinco de mayoOn Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) in 1862, the Mexican army won an unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Join the celebration here in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar by taking part in some of the below Orange County Cinco de Mayo activities:

Indulge in Mexican cuisine!

There are several restaurants to choose from in the Newport Beach and Corona del Mar area:

Avilas El Ranchito – 2515 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar

Red O Restaurant – Fashion Island, 143 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach

SOL Cocina – 251 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach

Bluewater Grill – 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach

The Rooftop Lounge – 1289 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

Javier’s Cantina – Crystal Cove Promenade, 7832 E. Coast Hwy, Newport Beach

Free pepper plant

Come in Tuesday, May 5th (between 9am – 6pm) and celebrate Cinco de Mayo Roger’s Gardens style! Roger’s Gardens is giving away an organic spicy pepper plant to their customers. It’s a first come, first serve basis so visit early for the best selection. *Valid Tuesday, May 5 only. While supplies last.May 5, 9am – 6pm. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar. Details

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Pretend City

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a chance to honor the memory and bravery of the Mexican soldiers who fought for their country. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the culture of Mexico itself. Kids can take part of a few common traditions of this Mexican holiday: amate art, Mexican hat dance and a piñata. Pretend City. |  May 5, 10am – 4pm. Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine. Information

Free party at the Red O Restaurant

Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo party at RED O Restaurant! Come by on Cinco de May from 3PM – Close and enjoy $3 tacos, $7 Casa Noble mararitas, and $5 coronas & cabotellas along with live music in the outdoor pavilion at RED O Restaurant. |  May 5. Red O Restaurant, Fashion Island, 143 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach. Details

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

For the twenty-fifth year this year, the beautiful Spanish-style city of San Clemente will be hosting the annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta. This festival, featuring fabulous traditional food, games, and art is one of the most popular and well-established celebrations in Orange County. |  May 2, 12 – 6pm. Max Berg Plaza Park. 1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente. Information

Mariachi Festival

For the ultimate in Mexican music and merry-making, the eleventh annual Mariachi Festival hits the right note. Held at Mission San Juan Capistrano, this yearly battle of the bands highlights Southern California bands as they compete for cash and glory in front of an esteemed group of judges. |  May 9, 11am – 4pm. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. Details

Garden Grove Cinco de Mayo Festival

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Garden Grove will be putting on a fiesta, with festivities including traditional food, dancing and live entertainment by Armando Valencia and much more! |  May 5, 10am – 12pm. Louis Lake Senior Center, 11300 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove.

Rancho Days Fiesta

With four historical buildings dating back to the age of Mexican ranchos, the Heritage Hill Historical Park is the perfect setting to launch a Cinco de Mayo weekend celebration. The past comes alive with first-person dramatizations and presentations. Authentic food, dancing, music, and art help create a lively and fun atmosphere during this one-of-a-kind glimpse at 19th century Mexican-Californian history. |  May 3, 11am. Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest. Details

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