Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, a day of celebration and jubilation, commemorates Mexico’s triumphant victory over Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

This day holds great significance for Mexicans who proudly honour their heritage by gathering with loved ones, while indulging in traditional cuisine and festivities.

Here’s where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Calgary.

Willow Park Wines & Spirits
On Friday, May 3rd, Willow Park Wines & Spirits is hosting a Mexican festival with tequila, mezcal, cerveza, and traditional dishes. Festival tickets include all food and drink. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience Mexican culture.

Brewsters Brewing Company and Restaurant
From May 3rd – 5th, you can enjoy a weekend of flavourful food, refreshing drinks, and lively music at Brewsters locations throughout Calgary. Join in the fun with food and drink specials to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over the French Empire. Reserve your table in advance.

Spicy Amigos
Feel like staying in but still want to celebrate? Spicy Amigos to the rescue. Visit Party City for fiesta party supplies (we see you giant felt foam taco hat), download some cool tunes on Spotify, and place your order online with Spicy Amigos for some authentic Mexican cuisine.

Craft Cellars
Explore tequilas and mezcals, meet industry experts, vote for your favourite tequila cocktail, and gain recipe inspiration for Cinco de Mayo cocktails during Craft Cellars Tequila Tasting Festival. This event is free with limited tickets available.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks
On May 4th experience a hands-on cooking class featuring Mexican cuisine with Chef Luis Obregon. Go beyond Tex-Mex and explore authentic flavours that will awaken your taste buds as you go on a culinary journey through Mexico.

Market Wines
Dive into the world of tequila at Market Wines on May 4th. Discover the rich history and unique flavours of this blue Agave distillate, while you explore the fascinating origins and production methods of Tequila & Mezcal. Sample six distinct spirits paired with delicious cheese & charcuterie. Tickets need to be purchased in advance.

Fresh and Local Market + Kitchens
On Saturday, May 4th, Fresh and Local Market + Kitchens celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a taco festival. Try a variety of tacos including: Mexican, ice cream, Hawaiian, Indonesian, Peruvian, Sauerkraut, Filipino, Thai and more. The festival runs 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tres Marias Mexican Food Market
Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be held May 3rd – 5th at Tres Marias Mexican Food Market. Enjoy traditional Mexican food, music (live Mariachi Music Band), drinks, dance performances and more.

Modern Steak
On Sunday, May 5th at Modern Steak – Southport, enjoy a Cinco de Mayo tequila Dinner. Tequila cocktails will be paired with a 4-course dinner hosted by tequila expert Shaun Vervena.

Mexifest presents a celebration with Los Trompos
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with Los Trompos – a vibrant, family-friendly installation by Mexican creators Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Caden. Savour authentic Mexican cuisine, live music by Elemento Rock and pop band, and tunes from DJ Luco Dancer. This event is free.

SALTLIK Restaurant
Experience an evening to remember at SALTLIK Restaurant, where tequila aficionados will delight in tasting 5 expertly crafted courses, each thoughtfully paired with 5 distinct tequilas. Join tequila expert Juan Bolivar for this unforgettable dining experience on May 3rd. Reservations required.

Calgary Co-op Wine, Spirits & Beer
Join Calgary Co-op at their Shawnessy location for an evening celebrating Mexico’s most famous spirit in all of its wonderful forms. From straight sipping to fabulous and festive cocktails, you will learn about the history, styles and flavours of Tequila.

If you’d rather celebrate on a smaller scale and avoid large crowded events, here’s some of the best local Mexican Restaurants in Calgary.