4 Cinco de Mayo festivals around the Valley

Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 19:04:59-04

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and celebrations are planned across the Valley!

In the U.S., it has become a party-centric holiday with "beeritas" and margaritas and celebrating Mexican culture.

Sometimes it's confused with with Mexico's Independence, which is actually on September 16. Instead, the "Fifth of May" marks Mexico's defeat of France in the Battle of Puebla.

One thing to note, this year's festival in Chandler has been canceled.

Scroll down to view some of the festivals happening across the Valley.

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El Mirage Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (April 29)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Gentry Park with musical performances by Marysol Ortiz, Ballet Folklorico Esperanza and Powerdrive. There will be a Kid’s Zone with face painting, two bouncy houses, arts and crafts and free pony rides. For the adults, there will also be a beer garden.

When: April 29, 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: Gentry Park, 14010 N. El Mirage Road
Admission: Free
More information: or 623-876-2942

Avondale Viva Fiesta (April 30)

Avondale’s Cinco de Mayo-inspired street festival features cultural music, entertainment and food for the whole family. Watch four live Lucha Libre wrestling matches and dance along with Ballet Folklorico Esperanza, Mariachi Via Mexico and Carmela Y Mas. Come hungry to sample salsas during the salsa competition.

When: April 30, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale
Admission: Free
More information: or 623-333-2400

Cinco de Mayo at Enchanted Island (May 1)

Enchanted Island will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 1. IRON MAN will be there from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for autographs and pictures (extra cost), as well as live entertainment from Ballet Folkloria. There will also be piñatas for the kids.

When: May 1, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Where: 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix
Admission: Free to get into park. $10 wristband for children or adults.
More information. or 602-254-1200

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival (May 7-8)

The 23rd annual Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival is a two-day street festival with music, food and games. It’s located in downtown Phoenix off Washington Street. Entrances are located on First and Third avenues. Music acts include Thee Latin All Stars, Brenton Wood, Sunny Ozuna & The Sunliners, Little Joe y la Familia and El Chicano.

When: May 7-8. (May 7, gates open at 2 p.m.; May 8, gates open at 12 p.m.)
Where: 200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix
Admission: $5 - $35
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