Cinco de Mayo is a fun-filled holiday celebrating the Mexican army’s against-all-odds victory versus the French at the Battle of Puebla. Now, May 5 is an excellent reason to relish in the best of Mexican culture and cuisine. In 2018, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, so you’re free to celebrate all night long without having to worry about the next morning!
We’ve rounded up some of the best Cinco de Mayo events around Dayton this year, just for you. Stay safe. Get a DD. And enjoy!
Cinco de Mayo Street Party
Dayton’s biggest Cinco de Mayo street party is a classic way to celebrate the day. Local Mexican restaurant El Mason is hosting this two-day street party from May 4 to May 5. Expect live music, dancing, the restaurant’s own fleet of food trucks, and more.
Tickets start at just $5, or pay $25 for VIP patio seating. Read more about the event here.
Cinco de Mayo Glow Run
Hosted by the Gahanna, OH, Department of Parks & Recreation, this annual fun-run is designed for night owls. The three-mile race starts at 8:30 PM and winds down trails that will be illuminated by glow sticks. Participants receive special products and a festive mug after the race, which is when runners and spectators can head to Creekside District restaurants for live music, dancing, and good times.
Early bird registration starts at $15, but the price jumps to $25 after April 20. More details are available here.
Poobah Cinco de Mayo Rock Show
For more of what this May holiday has to offer, check out the Poobah rock show in nearby Columbus. Hosted at Trabue Tavern, the show presents a night of psychedelic rock by headliners Poobah, who were named by Rolling Stone Magazine as creator of one of the Top 10 Albums of the Year. The band is joined by special guests No Reverse Gear, Scarlet Revolt, Secret Circle Society, and Brother Rabi & the Soul Seekers.
Doors open for this 18+ show at 7:00 PM. Tickets cost $15 per person. Find more information here.
Columbus Margarita Fest
This annual Columbus Cinco de Mayo event showcases everyone’s favorite Mexican cocktail: Maragaritas! Held outdoors in downtown Columbus, this festival features a slew of taco trucks and live music, but it’s the drinks that will get you raring to go. A total of five margaritas are included in the price of admission. But if you’re the designated driver, don’t worry–special drink-free tickets will be available.
Admission is limited to people ages 21+, and tickets are expected to sell out fast, so get a move on before May! See the official Facebook page for more information.
Cinco de Mayo Friends and Family Hike
This morning hike is a way to start your celebration with the whole family. Head to Forest Field Park in Centerfield, OH, at 9:30 AM to take in the scenery and sights. The trails might be muddy in places, so dress appropriately and be sure to bring bottled water. Afterward, why not continue the celebration with a trip to a nearby Mexican spot for a round of tacos?
This event is free, but registration is required. See the Centerville-Washington Park District website for more details.
BYOB Cinco de Mayo Trolley Crawl
What’s a trolley crawl? It’s a bar crawl with a transportation twist. This event celebrates both the holiday and the launch of the Short North Trolley Company. Bring your own beverages, board the trolley, and begin the party! On Cinco de Mayo, there are three time slots available: 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 3:30 PM. Each tour lasts a few hours hours and makes stops at three bars (locations still to be determined) along the way.
Tickets will cost you $30 each. More information about this Columbus Cinco de Mayo bar crawl is available here.
Need a Ride to Get There?
Your Honda vehicle gives you the freedom to never miss the festivals and celebrations that catch your eye. Wherever you choose to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, get there in style with a brand-new 2018 Honda. Even as a designated driver this Cinco de Mayo, you’ll no doubt enjoy hauling your crew around Dayton.
Visit one of our Miami Valley Honda Dealers in Ohio to check out our selection of new Honda vehicles for sale, including the HR-V. We have incredible spring sales and Honda specials on a variety of models, so contact our Honda dealerships near Dayton to get a low price on your next car, SUV, truck, or van. Happy Cinco de Mayo!