Cinco De Mayo comes to Washington D.C. before anywhere else in the word, with the celebration of America’s favorite adopted Mexican holiday taking place on May 3rd. As a city filled with representatives from around the world, the multicultural landscape of Washington D.C. is the perfect place to celebrate the vibrant day of Cinco De Mayo.
Traditional Mexican activities, such as live mariachi music with salsa, merengue, folk, and cumbia dances, will be the central focus of the festival. Adults can participate in educational workshops and competitive dance competitions, while children head to the Arts and Crafts Pavillion for interactive exhibits and classic pinata games.
The National Cinco De Mayo Festival will be held in the impressive Sylvan Theater; an elaborate stage surrounded by expansive, green lawns and an outdoor theater. With the Washington Monument towering in the background, mariachi music, and the spicy scent of Mexican food wafting through the air, the party is a seamless blend of D.C. culture and Mexican heritage. After all, it’s not uncommon to hear guests at the National Cinco De Mayo Festival to exclaim, “On Cinco De Mayo, Everybody’s Latino!”
Sip a margarita at the Capitol Hill Hotel and head out to the Sylvan Theater on Sunday, May 3rd.
Sunday, May 3rd
National Mall between 15th St and Independence Ave SW