Every year, over 100,000 attendees flock to Anaheim for the 5 de Mayo Festival. It spans over four days, particularly when Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, and is one of the biggest celebrations in the country. Cinco de Mayo, a relatively small holiday in Mexico, celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces in 19th century Pueblo. In the US, it’s turned into a celebration of culture, entertainment, and food.
At 5 de Mayo, what began as a small party organized by ESL groups in the 1970s has grown into one of the best fiestas in Anaheim. It’s remained alcohol-free and family-friendly since the start, and it’s most famous for the massive soccer tournament, incredible cuisine from food trucks, and now the $1,000 folklorico dance competition.
What to Expect
Mariachi bands, traditional dancers, and a sprawling carnival take over La Palma park starting on Thursday. Enjoy face painting and the start of the 16-team soccer tournament battling it out to be crowned the Fiesta champions. Local scholarships are also awarded throughout the weekend.
Enjoy stages of entertainment, the crowning of Miss Cinco de Mayo, and every day a new vendor or artisan might join the ranks—making every day unique. Given the crowds, it’s best to opt for a taxi or ride share to the park, conveniently close to your Anaheim hotel.