Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
Spring is well underway, and we’re already looking at Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. More popular in the United States than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. The festive events started in California, where they have celebrated the holiday since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s mostly due to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies. Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl. Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday, and we’ve compiled a list of celebrations near all of our PRM branch locations.
May 5 11 AM to 10 PM
111 SE Columbia River Way, Vancouver
Free admission, kid-friendly restaurant
There isn’t an official event listed for this popular restaurant, but rumor has it that Cinco de Mayo is a fun time for all. Not into crowded restaurants? You can also order online and grab your food to go instead.
May 3-5 11 AM to 11 PM
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland
$10 adults, $7 kids 7-12, $7 seniors over 62. Kids 6 and under free.
Portland’s event is the largest multicultural festival in the state of Oregon. Entertainment includes Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara, and Oregon’s own Ballet Folkorico Mexico en La Piel. There’s also a carnival, art show, and food. Cost of entry includes access to all live entertainment.
May 4 10 PM to 1 AM
Portland Spirit Salmon Street Springs Dock
1020 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland
$25-$35, plus ticket handling fee
Luxury Agave sponsors this cruise on the Willamette River. Featuring live mariachi and two DJs to ring in the first hours of the holiday.
May 5 3 PM to 6 PM
Color Me Mine
2221 NE Allie Avenue, Hillsboro
$10 deposit for ticket, reserve online. Deposit applied toward your final purchase at event.
Are you feeling a more non-traditional event? Paint some ceramics at half price studio fees! Light snacks provided, BYOB if 21 or over.
May 3 4 PM, May 4 2 PM
Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street Southeast, Salem
$25, includes souvenir glass mug and first 4 beer tastes. Designated Drivers Admission $5
Taste from over 100 beers and ciders on tap in a fun, casual atmosphere. Many of the breweries will feature their new spring seasonal releases. Food and entertainment available as well. 21+, ID checked at door.
May 5 12 PM to 4 PM
Chehalem Winery Tasting Room
106 South Center Street, Newberg
$15, 21+ only
Is Mexican beer not your cup of tea? Perhaps some wine is more up your alley. Enjoy the spring release from Varnum Vinters. Entry is free for Varnum Cru and Chehalem Club members. This year’s event features eight spring release wines, with $5 tacos and $5 glasses of wine.
May 5 12 PM to 8 PM
207 Madison St, Eugene
Oakshire Brewing hosts a fiesta-filled day at their pub. Munch on taco specials from Rackhouse BBQ and listen to live music from 2-4pm. Oakshire will also debut their newest beer, “Miel de Amore,” a Mexican Amber Lager served with salt and lime wedges.
May 4-5 5 PM until closing
Hola! restaurants, all locations, see website for addresses.
No cover charge, must buy food or drinks
Hola! restaurants invite you to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with live music at all 5 of their locations throughout Bend, Redmond, and Sunriver. While you listen to the live bands, enjoy their selection of margaritas and nouveau Mexican-Peruvian cuisine.
May 4 8 PM to Midnight
Grape Street Bar & Grill
31 S Grape St, Medford
Come dance to live music from local rock band Fogline to ring in the very first minutes of Cinco de Mayo. With a full menu available, show up early for dinner, or just enjoy the lighter bar menu once the concert starts.
May 5 3 PM to 5 PM
Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre
2101 Main St #113, Baker City
Why not go see a play before you head to your local favorite Tex-Mex dinner? Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre’s matinee production of Neil Simon’s romantic comedy might be just the thing for your Sunday afternoon.
May 5 5 PM to 8 PM
Richard’s Inn at 500
500 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise
Enjoy Mexican beers, margaritas, food and games. No cover charge, 21 and older only. Restaurant fare available at menu prices.
May 3-5 8 PM
111 W 33rd St, Garden City
Western Collective Brewery presents a weekend-long fiesta. They’re launching two new Mexican-style beers, and will also have frozen margaritas and tacos all weekend long.
May 5 1 PM to 6:30 PM
Centennial Hills Park Amphitheater
7101 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas
Enjoy performances from Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez as well as local high school mariachi bands. Food and beverages available for purchase, as well as alcoholic beverages for those 21+
*Cinco de Mayo event times subject to change, please check with each source for updates.