Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Canada

Where to find the best dancing, food and tequila for the Mexican fiesta


Contrary to what many people think, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. It is the anniversary commemorating the Mexican Militia’s win over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. But don’t let the history lesson spoil the fun. Today, it has evolved into a massive celebration in the U.S., but if you’re in Canada, the party is a little harder to find. Don’t worry, we’ve done the homework for you.


Gastown’s The Charles Bar will definitely be a popular spot with a margarita competition, music and giveaways.

If you’re looking for something less boozy, City Salsa Vibes is hosting Live City Vibes, a series of dance performances and lessons at the Capri Hall.


The Drake Hotel has always been a trusted venue for awesome parties. This Saturday, the hotel is featuring a taco and tequila menu, tequila and caesar brunch menu, and tequila sampling.

We all know that some of the best ethnic foods are found in the kitchens of home cooks, so head over to Toronto Underground Market (TUM) for the Street Food Block Party at Evergreen Brick Works for some good eats and live music.

If you’re a tequila enthusiast, then check out the Tequila and More Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to learn about and taste the different types and brands of tequila.


The Consulate of México is putting on a fundraiser in support of Calgary’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Read more about the event on Avenue Calgary. Tickets for the party is still available at mocacalgary.eventbrite.ca.

Alternatively, head down to the Chinese Cultural Centre for Festival Cinco de Mayo put on by Viva Mexico Dance Society. Events include dance performances, workshops and games.