Best Cinco De Mayo Events In Orange County

April 22, 2015 5:00 AM

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Cinco de Mayo is here, and these five Orange County venues are hosting unique events for any type of celebration. Revisit the past with a walk through historic buildings from the era of Mexican ranchos. Enjoy music and dancing at one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants around. Enjoy watching street art being created before your very eyes. Of course, these festivities would be incomplete without the accompanying mariachi music and traditional Mexican dancing, which can be heard at any one of these unique fiestas.
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Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
Max Berg Plaza Park
1100 Calle Puente
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-8200
Date: May 2, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For the twenty-fifth year this year, the beautiful Spanish-style city of San Clemente will be hosting the annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta. This festival, featuring fabulous traditional food, games, and art is one of the most popular and well-established celebrations in Orange County, and the scenic setting could not be more beautiful. A Cinco de Mayo ceremony wouldn’t be complete without the time-honored tradition of mariachi music and folk dancing to various styles of Mexican music. In addition to all the excellent entertainment, there will be a judged art contest and other attractions throughout the park.

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Mariachi Festival
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-1300
Date: May 9, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For the ultimate in Mexican music and merry-making, the eleventh annual Mariachi Festival hits the right note. Held at Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of Orange County’s quintessential cultural centers, this yearly battle of the bands highlights Southern California bands as they compete for cash and glory in front of an esteemed group of judges. Held the same weekend as Mother’s Day, this festival is the perfect place to honor mother’s and Mexican traditions at the same time. Fantastic food vendors will be on site providing classic Mexican dishes to round out this historic holiday. 

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Cinco De Mayo At Moreno’s
Moreno’s Restaurant
4328 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 639-2181
Date: May 5th, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Moreno’s will make anyone feel like they are with family. Guests can come in and get comfortable, then enjoy some of the best Mexican food in Orange County while enjoying the festive ambiance. Classic mariachi music and ballet folklorico will be going strong, and as a unique treat on this special day, Moreno’s welcomes Aztec sun dancers to add action and excitement to this special fiesta. For delicious dishes and amazing traditional Mexican entertainment in a sit-back-and-relax atmosphere, Moreno’s is magnifico this Cinco de Mayo.

Related: Best Activities For Spring In Orange County

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Arts Alive Festival
Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way 
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 470-8440
Date: May 2 through 3, 2015

Spring weather in Orange County can’t be beat, and the Arts Alive Festival is a fantastic way to spend Cinco de Mayo weekend outdoors. Visitors get to witness art being created before their very eyes as the blacktop becomes a canvas for talented street painters. Music and dancing bring this festival to life and delicious food will keep visitors fueled up for all the fun. Festival guests can sample an assortment of beer and fine wine as they browse works of art created by local artisans. 

Cinco De Mayo Celebrated In Los Angeles
Garden Grove Cinco de Mayo Festival
Louis Lake Senior Center
11300 Stanford Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 741-5253
Date: May 5, 2015

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Garden Grove will be putting on a fiesta on Tuesday, May 5th from 10am to 12pm. Festivities include traditional food, dancing and live entertainment by Armando Valencia and much more! Lunch will also be available for a small cost.

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Rancho Days Fiesta
Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 923-2230
Date: May 3, 2015 at 11 a.m.

With four historical buildings dating back to the age of Mexican ranchos, the Heritage Hill Historical Park is the perfect setting to launch a Cinco de Mayo weekend celebration. The past comes alive with first-person dramatizations and presentations. Authentic food, dancing, music, and art help create a lively and fun atmosphere during this one-of-a-kind glimpse at 19th century Mexican-Californian history. All four historic buildings, including the Serrano Adobe and the El Toro Grammar School are open for docent-led tours, offering a truly unique step back into history.

Related: Best Historic Exhibits In OC

David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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