DENVER, CO – April 29, 2016 – A weekend filled with food, fun and culture, Denver’s Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival puts the spotlight on The Mile High City’s vibrant Latino population. With more than 400,000 attendees expected, it’s one of Denver’s most fun and family-friendly events. This year’s festival takes place May 7-8, 2016. Get a great hotel rate at

Contrary to popular belief in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. Denver’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration was started in 1987 by NEWSED Community Development Corporation ( as a neighborhood street fair to showcase Mexican heritage.

Visitors can expect two days of great celebrations and overflowing crowds in historic Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. The Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival and Parade is a fun family-oriented event with special attractions, vendors, musical acts, folkloric dancers, mariachis and some of the most delicious Mexican cuisine Colorado has to offer. This year there will be two music stages featuring well-known traditional and contemporary Latino entertainment acts from artists such as Alta Frecuencia, El Pollo Y El Chilo, Chavos Dun Dun and El Zavala y Su Banda. Additional family events include a lowrider car show, the 8th Annual Green Chili Bowl Cook Off, Chihuahua Races, and a Taco Eating Contest. For full event details, please visit:

The Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Parade kicks off the Festival on the morning of Saturday May 7nd at 11:00 am.

Dates: Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016
Location: Civic Center Park (Broadway & Colfax)
Times: Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission.


Families coming to town early can celebrate Día del Niño on Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th throughout the museum complex and neighboring institutions. Enjoy free admission and family-friendly programming that at the Denver Art Museum Complex, Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, and the Byers-Evans House Museum.