Best Cinco de Mayo 2016 Celebrations Near Washington DC

April 16, 2016 8:00 AM

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Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that most Americans associate with partying and drinking tequila. The real root of the Mexican holiday is in celebration of the country’s triumph over French troops in 1862. Although many of the holiday’s celebrations include drinking and eating, Cinco de Mayo is also an opportunity to appreciate the music, dancing and culture of Mexico and Latin America. Here are five special events in the Washington area where you can observe the lively holiday.
National Cinco De Mayo Festival
Washington Monument
15th St. & Independence Ave.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 258-5283

Date: May 1, 2016

Time: Noon – 7 p.m.

Each year, the Maru Montero Dance Company organizes the National Cinco de Mayo Festival on the grounds of the National Mall. The event features live latin dance and music performances, mariachis, a Mexican market, children’s activity pavilion and more. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m.on Saturday, May 1, 2016, and admission is free. Parking is limited, so visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. The Washington Monument can be easily accessed via Metro’s Smithsonian station.

Cinco De Mayo Experience
3401 Water St. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20007

Date: May 5, 2016

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

If you’re over 21, get ready to spend Cinco de Mayo on the Georgetown waterfront, sipping tequila and sangria. Andrew Roby Events and IgniteDMV are hosting the Cinco de Mayo Experience, a night of food, drink and music for the young professionals of DC. Tickets are $35 for early admission, $25 for general admission and include access to complimentary food, tequila and sangria bars along with music and entertainment. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and tickets must be purchased in advance.

FORUM Cinco De Mayo
FORUM Arlington 
3304 N. Washington Blvd. 
Arlington, VA 22201

Date: May 6, 2016

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

The FORUM in Arlington is continuing its culture series with a special Cinco de Mayo performance highlighting Latin American Culture. FORUM Cinco de Mayo will be held on Friday, May 6 and will feature a mariachi band, flamenco guitarists and Latin American dancers. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a festive happy hour and the entertainment will run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.34 in advance or $11.49 the day of, and are available through Eventbrite. The FORUM is located near the Clarendon Metro station off the silver line.

Related: Ask A D.C. Bartender: Your Best Tequila Cocktail

Cinco De Mayo Fun Run
Fleet Feet Sports
500D Ritchie Highway 
Severna Park, MD 21146
(410) 544-1005

Date: May 5, 2016

Time: 6 p.m.

If giving your liver a workout isn’t quite your thing, Fleet Feet Sports has a different way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The 5th Annual Fleet Feet Sports Cinco de Mayo Run is taking place at 6 p.m. on May 5 in Severna Park, Maryland. Join your fellow runners for a quick 5K on the scenic B& A Trail and celebrate with a post run fiesta. There is no cost to participate, but Fleet Feet will be accepting donations for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. Runners are encouraged to dress up and the most “festive” runner will get a special prize.

Tia Queta
4839 Del Ray Ave.
Bethesda, MD
(301) 654-4443

Date: May 4 & 5, 2016

What better way to spend a traditional Mexican holiday than by going to a Mexican restaurant? Head to Tia Queta in Bethesda on May 4-5 2016 for two days of Cinco de Mayo specials on select drinks and appetizers. Tia Queta is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant with a menu of Mexican specialties like mole bueno, carne asada and enchiladas verdes, plus a selection of Mexican beers, Margaritas and sangria.

Related: Best Mexican Restaurants In Washington, D.C.

Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at

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