Cinco de Mayo marks Mexico’s victory over the French army at Puebla in 1862, and the holiday has become a popular celebration of Mexican culture in the United States. Find five fiestas happening in Cincinnati May 5 plus some weekend celebrations.
Braxton brings the fiesta to their Covington taproom, where you can enjoy $2 El Hefe tacos from Taco Fuerte and wash it all down with Braxton’s new Garage Beer Lime.
May 5, 11 am, Braxton Brewing Co. Covington, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington
May 5, 5 pm–midnight, La Ofrenda, 30 W. Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine
Nothing evokes the spirit of Mexican celebration like live mariachi music, and OTR Stillhouse will have plenty on hand alongside food and drink specials.
May 5, 5:30–8:30 pm, Knox Joseph Distillery at OTR Stillhouse, 2017 Branch St., Over-the-Rhine
Taft Ale House’s brings its mixology class back for three Cinco de Mayo cocktail demos. An experienced Taft’s bartender will guide you through making each drink (you’ll get recipe cards to take home, too), and dig into a free appetizer as you follow along.
May 5, 6–7:30 pm, Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Temperatures outside are rising, and Salsa on the Square turns up the heat with the return of this live music and dance series on Fountain Square. The Dayton Salsa Project & SalsAires provide salsa, merengue, cumbia, and Latin jazz vibes, and local dance instructors host large dance classes teaching basic and intermediate Latin dancing, so grab a frozen marg from the Fountain Square bar and slip into your dancing shoes.
May 5, 6–9 pm, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown
The day after Cinco de Mayo, the party is just getting started at this edition of LOTUS modern disco. Dress in your Cinco de Mayo colors to head dancing and see special live performances, Tarot card readings, a local art gallery, and more.
May 6, 9:30 pm – 2 am, Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Get your furry friends looking guapo and join other local pets decked out in Cinco de Mayo finery at QCR. Grab a drink for yourself and a puppy-approved margarita before you check out the Pittie Parade to end the night. Don’t worry if you are without a fiesta pet—Cincinnati Animal CARE will be on hand with adoptable pitties.
May 7, 2-4 pm, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
The Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA presents a weekend of fun and culture at Fountain Square. Chow down on Mexican fare from Antojitos Criollos, International Foods, Jah’s Chosen Cuisine, Latin Taste Grill, MashRoots, Mis Sabores, Snowie Shaved Ice, and more. Games, raffles, piñatas, cake, and a parade with Cincinnati’s favorite mascots are sure to entertain the young ones, and everybody can get down to live music acts. Find the full lineup and more info here.
May 7 & 8, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown