Cinco de Mayo in Houston

Parades, Parties & More

Cinco de Mayo in Mexico is an annual celebration commemorating the anniversary of Mexico's victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Mexicans in the US celebrate it in several states and cities by shining a spotlight on Mexico's cultural heritage. In Houston, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated big with parties and special events throughout the city. If you are in Houston during the week of Cinco de Mayo, don't miss these celebrations. Enjoy this cultural experience and have fun with your family and friends!

Viva America, Viva Mexico! at Miller

May 3, 2024

Miller Outdoor Theater

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the Miller Outdoor Theater is a great tradition in Houston. This year, everyone is invited to ¡Viva América, Viva México! to delight in the famous Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles, founded in 2011 by Kareli Montoya, and Mariachi Garibaldi by Jaime Cuéllar, founded in 1994. This colorful show is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston. Admission is free. See more details.

Cinco de Mayo Parade

May 4, 2024

Cinco de Mayo Parade

The big Downtown Cinco de Mayo Parade, organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC, District VIII), is another great tradition in Houston, celebrating its 28th anniversary this year. The colorful parade begins at 10 a.m. You will love the joyful atmosphere!

East End Street Fest

May 4, 2024

East End Street Fest

East End Street Fest 2024, taking place in Houston's East End at Esplanade on Navigation, is a free and vibrant celebration of Mexican and Chicano art, music, and heritage. From 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy various performances, with Mexican dance performances in Plaza de Piñata and Plaza de Luchas, and an area dedicated to children in Plaza de los Ninos. Car and art enthusiasts are in for a treat with the Show & Shine exhibit on Chicano Boulevard. It is a day of cultural immersion, fun, and community spirit.

Cinco de Mayo at Marriott Marquis

May 5, 2024

Marriott Marquis

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live entertainment from the sensational Band Javier at Altitude Rooftop & Pool at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Enjoy a tantalizing culinary experience with the nacho bar, where you can customize your favorite ingredients for the ultimate burst of flavor. Quench your thirst with specially crafted Hornitos Margaritas and Frozen Margaritas, which are sure to add an extra touch to the festivities. And that's not all! You'll have access to swim in the stunning Texas-shaped lazy river. Refresh yourself and delight in the stunning views of Downtown Houston. Those who are not staying at the hotel can buy their tickets to this party here.

Cinco de Mayo at the Children's Museum

May 2 and 5, 2024

Children's Museum Houston

This popular museum will have not one but two celebrations! On May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy Free Family Night with presentations, workshops, and more. Children will be able to test their creative skills by decorating and designing their own piñatas. The whole family will enjoy the colorful dances of the Ballet Folklorico de Las Américas that celebrate Mexico's heritage. On May 5, the party will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be more dancing and a performance by Mariachi Jarabe Tapatío, renowned for their lively performances of Mexican folk music. Dressed in vibrant charro costumes, the ensemble will showcase traditional instruments such as trumpets, violins, and guitars, transporting audiences to the heart of Mexican culture. All activities are included in general admission to the museum.

Mariachi Autlán de Houston

May 5, 2024

Mariachi Autlán - POST

Mariachi Autlán, Houston's first elite Mariachi ensemble, will be playing from 5 to 7 p.m. all around POST to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! Renowned for excellence in upscale concerts and special events, they guarantee an unforgettable musical experience. From X Atrium to POST Market and the Skylawn area, they'll be spreading their lively tunes and providing the best mariachi experience.

Cinco de Mayo at Kemah Boardwalk

May 5, 2024

Kemah Boardwalk

If you want to spend a day at the amusement park overlooking Galveston Bay, head to the Kemah Boardwalk. Take the whole family! At the beginning of the party, you can enjoy the presentation of Mexican folk dances. From 2 p.m., there will be Tejano music with a live performance by Son Vacilón and Roberto Pulido (until 10 p.m.). Various activities are also scheduled for children. Take advantage of your time in Kemah to enjoy its rides and games and taste delicious dishes in the park's restaurants.

Cinco de Mayo at Houston Restaurants and Bars


Houston is famous for its Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, and the Cinco de Mayo celebration is a perfect opportunity to explore it. Many restaurants and bars, from Mexican and American to Japanese, Korean, and Italian, among others, are rolling out Mexican food and drinks. Offers abound, and special events are scheduled. Some restaurants have even decided to kick off parties two or three days in advance. Get ready for a myriad of flavors, good drinks, and a festive vibe!  Check out our blog post dedicated to Cinco de Mayo at Houston Restaurants and Bars.


Photos: Courtesy of venues and event organizers mentioned.

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