May 2, 2024 - Things to Do

Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in D.C.

Plates of Mexican food

Food from Pascual, a newly opened Mexican bistro on Capitol Hill. Photo: Deb Lindsey

This weekend in D.C., check out Cinco de Mayo festivities, including a day party at El Presidente in Union Market or the Running of the Chihuahuas at The Wharf.

1. ๐Ÿฅณ Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is Sunday and we've rounded up festive things to do around the city to celebrate.

Catch up quick: Cinco de Mayo recognizes Mexico's defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Here are a few happenings:

๐ŸŽ‰ Cinco de Mayo at El Presidente

  • Enjoy all-day food specials and a block party with a DJ, margarita flights and more, noonโ€“6pm Sunday at El Presidente at Union Market. Free.

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Party at Pascual

  • Visit the newly opened Mexican bistro for an exclusive taste of seasonal drinks, food and pastries with live entertainment and more, 5:30โ€“ 7:30pm Sunday. Tickets are $150. RSVP here.

๐ŸŒฎ Tequila and Tacos

  • Enjoy tacos, tequila cocktails and live music from a local DJ, 2โ€“10pm Sunday at Hook Hall. Tickets are $25.

๐Ÿน Margarita Stroll Bar Fest

  • Bar crawl and enjoy drink and food specials, 2โ€“10pm Saturday at bars in Dupont Circle. Tickets start at $10.
  • Bars and clubs on U-Street will also have a bar crawl, 2โ€“10pm Saturday. Tickets start at $10.

๐Ÿถ Annual Running of the Chihuahuas

  • Watch over 150 Chihuahuas race, and enjoy an adoptable pet parade, dog costume contest, beer garden and cocktails, 2โ€“5pm at The Wharf. Free.

๐Ÿคผ Lucha Libre Live

  • Watch a family-friendly wrestling show, listen to mariachi bands, and enjoy margaritas and beer, 2pm Saturday and 7pm (age 21+ show) at Hook Hall. Tickers start at $24.99.

Here are other things to do in D.C. this weekend:

2. ๐ŸŒ Around the World Embassy Tour

  • Learn about new cultures by touring through more than 55 non-European Union embassies, 10amโ€“4:30pm Saturday. Free. View full list here.

3. ๐Ÿ’ Flower Mart

  • Shop plants and gifts and enjoy family-friendly activities, 10amโ€“6pm Friday and 10amโ€“5pm Saturday at the National Cathedral. Free.

4. ๐Ÿฅ˜ International City Food Festival

  • Enjoy food from 23 food vendors and shop international goods from 30 vendors, 10amโ€“9pm Saturday. Free.

5. ๐ŸŽต Adams Morgan Spring PorchFest

  • Listen to local bands and performers across 20 porches, business patios and parks, 2โ€“6pm Saturday in Adams Morgan. Pick up a wristband and receive discounts at participating businesses. See full list and locations here.

6. ๐ŸŒŠ Anacostia River Festival

  • Enjoy live entertainment, a fishing workshop, art exhibitions 1โ€“4pm in Anacostia Park and a market with local businesses and food vendors 1โ€“6pm on Marion Barry Ave. Saturday. Free.
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