Do you know why we celebrate Cinco De Mayo? It’s a common misconception that this day is the Mexican Independence day. However, that is actually September 16th! We celebrate May 5 around the world to join the Latino community in commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While considered a minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States it has evolved into a major holiday to celebrate the Mexican culture and heritage in areas with large Mexican American populations.
- Nashville’s latino community is 65,000 strong and this year we want you to Nodat while you celebrate.
- Instead of tequila, the most popular drink in Mexico on Cinco De Mayo is actually Agua Fresco — flavored water combined with fruits, seeds, and flowers. Favorites include lime water, hibiscus-flavored water, and tamarind water.
- The most traditional Cinco De Mayo dish is not tacos? The most common dish served on Cinco De Mayo in Mexico is, Mole Poblano. A thick sauce made with green chiles — among many other ingredients — that is often served over turkey or chicken.
Follow our guide to Cinco de Mayo for exciting and unique ways to experience the rich and growing Latino community!
Cinco de Mayo Mexican Restaurant has been serving fresh, authentic Mexican food in the Middle Tennessee area since 2000 throughout their 9 locations. Their menu offers weekly drink specials and coupons via their social media pages.
La Fiesta Bar Crawl down Broadway – Crawl down the Famous Broadway in Nashville on Cinco De Mayo! Party with the Booth Life Crew, Socially Distanced! Wednesday May 5. 7:00 pm. $20 (21+)
Nashville Cinco de Mayo – May 1st with Xplore Nashville. Tickets are on sale now for 21+.
PHOTO CONTEST: Enter to win their photo contest by posting pictures to Facebook or Instagram using “#XplorNashville” A panel of judges will go through the pictures and winners will be contacted after the crawl! Be a Cinco de Mayo Crawl Champ, and post a picture from every bar!
Picasso Pairings by Natchez Hills Winery – May 4th 6:30-8:00 PM A hilarious art experience is the perfect night out for you + your friends, girlfriends, partner, mom or dad! Picasso Pairings features Succulent Vegan Tacos, one of the fabulous eateries at the Nashville Farmers’ Market.
Tickets are $40 per guest (we recommend buying tickets in pairs of two!). Includes small Cinco-De-Mayo themed bites from Succulent Vegan Tacos paired with Natchez Hills wine, a guided tasting, and an art experience with a piece of finished art to take home!
The Marketplace in East Nashville will host up to 5 of Music City’s finest food trucks serving Cinco de Mayo-themed food. The venue will be serving beer, hard seltzers, and flavored cocktails including margaritas. Come enjoy a live DJ while dining out beneath a scenic view of the Nashville skyline.
FREE admission and FREE parking. The Marketplace in East Nashville. 400 Davidson St., Nashville, TN 37213.
Nashville Tacos & Bar Crawl – Bar Crawl Nation performing LIVE for CINCO DE MAYO! Join the fun with music, dancing, audience participation, and tacos & margs themed giveaways! This event is exclusively 21+ AND Drinking is 100% optional during the event. If you choose to drink, please drink responsibly!
Cinco De Mayo Game Nite at the Local Distro in partnership with Just Play Entertainment. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with tacos, tequila and games! It’s the perfect midweek after work turn up. Compete in the “How Low Can You Go” Limbo Contest to win a prize. Celebrate your birthday, get free entry and a birthday shout out. Register your birthday via email@example.com. Tickets are $25. Admission limited to 50 people.
We will continue to update this list as we learn about more exciting ways Nashville will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Download our app on Android and iOS to find and experience more restaurants offering authentic Mexican cuisine.