Old Town to Throw Giant Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

The outdoor party will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 2 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3 at Old Town State Historic Park

San Diegans love Cinco de Mayo and perhaps the best place to celebrate the Mexican holiday is at Old Town State Historic Park, which is known to host one epic fiesta.

This weekend, Old Town will hold its 32nd annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo, the largest event of its kind in Southern California featuring food, live entertainment and, of course, margaritas.

The free outdoor event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and will boast performances on three live music stages, a cantina beer and tequila garden, a low rider car show, historical demonstrations and equestrian performances.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy drink and food specials at more than 20 participating Old Town restaurants and cantinas throughout the event, including specials at Casa Guadalajara, Old Town Mexican Café, Casa de Reyes and Café Coyote.

Vendors will set up shop along the streets selling their handmade goods, including clothing, jewelry and art.

The kids can have some fun too with a variety of interactive activities in a special kids’ zone, including a petting zoo and pony rides until 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Car fanatics will enjoy the low rider show on Twiggs Street until 4 p.m. each day where more than 40 cool cars will be on display.

The Old Town Market will become a stage for historical performances of the Batalla de Puebla, the very battle behind the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Those performances will go down between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days.

The three music stages at the weekend-long event will each feature back-to-back live entertainment, including folklorico performances and mariachis. For the full entertainment lineup and more details on the fiesta, click here.

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