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Cinco de Mayo Celebration In Balboa Park


  • WHEN Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 a.m.
  • WHERE Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) 1549 El Prado , San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Balboa Park presents one of the region’s largest free Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

The family-friendly fiesta includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, a fashion show of traditional Mexican dress, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and more!

The event culminates with a 5 p.m. concert in Spreckels Organ Pavilion featuring crowd-favorite Jarabe Mexicano, accompanied by the SDSU School of Music Percussion Ensemble.

Food: A variety of cuisines from some of San Diego's best food trucks will also be available throughout the day on the El Prado walkway. In addition, the Prado Restaurant will serve street tacos, margaritas and cerveza on their Garden Terrace from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Panama 66 will offer food specials and Baja beers and wine.

Parking and Transportation:
- Visitors arriving by car should plan to park in the Inspiration Point parking lot at the corner of Park Blvd. and President's Way and ride the free tram, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., into the park.
- Attendees can avoid traffic and parking hassles altogether by using Lyft, our official ridesharing partner, to request an affordable ride in minutes. All Lyft app users can receive 20% off (up to $3) one ride to or from Balboa Park with code "BPCINCO" on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Discount applies to fare and Prime Time charges only. (Limited quantity available. Cannot be combined with other ride credit or offers.)
- Families can also take advantage of MTS Family Weekends, which allows two children 12 and under per each paying adult to ride the bus and trolley for free on Saturdays and Sundays. To plan your trip, visit

For a complete entertainment schedule, booth information and additional information visit the event website.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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