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12 events where you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Vancouver

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Daniel Chai May 02, 2017 3:36 am 3,040

Buenos dias, amigos!

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. From live music to dance events, here are 12 events around Vancouver to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Casa De Amigo – A Cinco e Mayo Celebration

Image courtesy of Casa de Amigos

  • What: Get ready for a fiesta as the largest Cinco de Mayo party in Vancouver returns to Robson Square. Feast on gourmet tacos, ceviche, churros, and other handheld Mexican street-style foods at four stations from the teams from Savoury Chef and Buena Onda. The event is also fully licensed and there will be a wide array of signature Mezcal and Tequila cocktails along with your favourite Mexican cervezas to sample, all available in the beverage garden. And no fiesta is complete without some Luchador wrestling, Mariachi bands, and traditional folk dancers.
  • Where: Robson Square (Plaza) – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 from 5 to 11 pm and May 6 from 3 to 11 pm
  • Admission: Tickets start at $18.95. Visit ticketzone.com for Friday and Saturday tickets.

Cinco de Mayo at The Backstage Lounge

  • What: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Bassos Rancheros, Mr. Pablor and Kut, with special guest Daniel Ruiz on Percussion. And yes there will be tequila specials.
  • Where: The Backstage Lounge – 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: $12 at the door

Heat Fridays Ladies night at Twelvewest: Cinco de Mayo Edition

  • What: Vancouver’s hottest ladies’ night spices it up with a huge Cinco de Mayo celebration, with resident Heat DJs J-Fresh and Johnny Jover on the decks.
  • Where: Twelvewest – 1219 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 from 9:30 pm to 3 am

Cinco de Mayo at Big Rock Urban

  • What: An all-day celebration with Mexican-inspired food, cocktails, and entertainment. Featuring all-female Mariachia band Las Estrellas, alongside pinatas, prizes, and much more.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 from 11 am to close
  • Adnission: Free

Cinco de Mayo at El Camino’s

  • What: El Camino’s gets the party started with live music from Crash World. Dougie Stewart will also be dusting off his tequila dancing shoes and guest bartending for the night. There will even be drink and food specials, and more tequila than you can shake a stick at.
  • Where: El Camino’s – 3250 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 at 3 pm. Live music starts at 8:30 pm
  • Admission: No Cover

Cinco de Mayo “No Time for Siesta Time for Fiesta”

  • What: Red Room Ultra Bar hosts a massive Cinco de Mayo party. Presented by Vancouver Latin Fever.
  • Where: Red Room Ultra Bar – 398 Richards Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Cinco de Mayo with Platform Soul

  • What: Platform Soul will be throwing it down hard all night long with a huge repertoire of funk drenched disco infused groove starting at 10 pm sharp. 70s attire welcome and encouraged, dancing shoes mandatory.
  • Where: Fairview Vancouver Pub – 898 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 from 9 am to 2 am

Cinco de Mayo Party at The Water Shed Arts Cafe

  • What: A night of live music with a Vancouver Salsa band made up of some of the best session musicians the city has to offer. You can also enjoy delicious tacos made by Chef Jenn Cornish and a fantastic select menu of cocktails with spirits from Granville Island distillery.
  • Where: The Water Shed Arts Cafe – #11 20349 88 Ave, Langley
  • When: May 5 from 6 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Cinco De Mayo at The Mexican Corner

  • What: The fiesta of the year, with drink specials, DJ Tim Livingstone from Skiitour, face painting, a photo booth, and authentic Mexican street food.
  • Where: The Mexican Corner – 4274 Mtn Sq, Whistler
  • When: May 5 from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am
  • Admission: Free

Cinco de Mayo Fun Friday Flow

  • What: A fun Yoga Flow class to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! All levels welcome, with a social to follow. Bring a snack or drink to share.
  • Where: Riverwise Yoga Studio – #4 14885 60th Avenue, Surrey
  • When: May 5 at 6 pm
  • Cost: $10 for students, $15 drop-in

ROAM Gallery Cinco de Mayo

ROAM Gallery

Image: ROAM Gallery / Facebook

  • What: Meet the artists of ROAM’s current Cinco de Mayo exhibition on May 5.
  • Where: ROAM Gallery – Unti 155-555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 5 from 4 to 7 pm
  • Admission: Free

Cinco de Mayo at Roosters

  • What: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Cazadores Girls. There will be plenty of tacos, Cazadores, a bucket-load of beer, a human pinata, and a chance to win Tim McGraw tickets.
  • Where: Roosters – #4-19040 Lougheed Highway, Pitt Meadows
  • When: May 5 from 7 pm to 2 am
  • Guest List: Online, free cover before 8 pm, two-for-one cover before 9 pm, $4 cover after 9 pm

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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