Cinco de Mayo represents the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In Mexico this date is observed primarily in the state of Puebla, where the commemoration of the battle is mostly ceremonial with military parades and battle reenactments. Other states in Mexico also celebrate Cinco de Mayo, however for many Mexicans this day is like any other; it is not exactly a federal holiday like their Independence Day which is on September 16.

In the United States, this date has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, and is celebrated with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional Mexican food. Larger festivals are held in bigger cities like Los Angeles and Houston, where the Mexican- American population is more predominant. 

In Estes Park, we have a pretty good selection of authentic Mexican restaurants that you can choose from for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations (or any day to satisfy your Mexican food cravings).They are all owned and operated by hard working families that have decided to settle in this beautiful mountain town. Buy from them, recommend them, support small Hispanic/Latino owned businesses. These small businesses are critical for job creations and are a huge contribution to the local economy. 


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Estes Park, check out this list of restaurants you can choose from (we’re sure they’ll have some sort of Cinco de Mayo special going on):

  • El Mex Kal- find a family friendly environment and great service. El Mex Kal
  • Tacos La Tradición- Great street tacos and seafood options!Tacos La Tradicion
  • La Cocina de Mama- Big plates, good prices, authentic taste. La Cocina de Mama
  • Chelito’s Mexican Restaurant- their outdoor patio is cozy, tucked right in the middle of downtown, perfect to stop for a bit while you shop. Chelitos
  • La Cabana Mexican Bar & Grill- They have huge margarita bowls and a great rooftop deck, you have to check them out!La Cabana
  • Casa Grande of Estes Park- Enjoy great food in a family environment by the RiverwalkCasa Grande
  • La Mexicana (Mexican store) (local tip: they make fresh Mexican bread every Tuesday and make tamales on Thursdays, you can also get breakfast burritos to go everyday!)La Mexicana
  • Esmeralda’s Tamale House- Better get those tamales early as they run out quickly!Esmerelda's Tamales
  • Ed’s Cantina- two words: Avocado Margarita!Ed's Cantina
  • Mountain Home Cafe- Rise and shine with their tasty breakfasts. 
  • Mountain Home Cafe'


Check out some Cinco de Mayo festivities that are happening in Estes Park:

  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at the Estes Park Events Center. This year’s Cinco de Mayo is dedicated to all the Estes Park community, for all the hard work and determination of these last couple of years. It will be celebrated on Friday May 6, one day after the oficial Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). This fiesta is free and open to the public. The evening will include a delicious Mexican meal that will be served from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be kids activities, a special performance by Grupo Folklorico Mexico Lindo from Longmont and live music by the band Los 7 de la Cumbia. This event is brought to you by Mountain Home Cafe, and the assistance of major partners: Crossroads Ministry, Visit Estes Park and the Town of Estes Park. Save the date and join in the spirit of community for Cinco de Mayo!


  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with margarita specials, a photo booth, a dance competition and more at The Barrel! DJ Drake, Master of Ceremony will keep the party going with non-stop, heart pounding dance beats all night long!


  • Ed’s Cantina will be offering $7 Ed’s margaritas, $5 micheladas and t-shirt giveaways for Cinco de Mayo. 


  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration at La Cabana Mexican Bar & Grill- They’ll have live music by Marcus James from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., a dance party from 4pm -close, food & drink specials and give away prizes.