Denver’s Cinco de Mayo Festival will return this spring after a two-year hiatus

The festival will bring food trucks, vendors, carnival rides, a taco eating contest and chihuahua races to Civic Center Park.

Kids play in a fountain during Cinco De Mayo at Civic Center Park, May 5, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver’s annual Cinco de Mayo Festival is back!

The 2022 Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival will take place in Civic Center Park on May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music and dancing by local performers, food vendors, and an art fair featuring more than 300 exhibitors. The free festival’s organizers also say to expect carnival rides, chihuahua races, a taco eating contest and a lowrider car show.

The 2022 festival will mark the return of the city’s Cinco de Mayo Parade, which will happen Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual holiday commemorating the day Mexican forces drove French soldiers from the town of Puebla in 1862.

Denver’s own “Celebrate Culture” Festival has been running annually since 1988. Every year, the festival brings hundreds of thousands of attendees to Civic Center Park to celebrate Colorado’s Latino communities and culture.

All funds raised by the festival will benefit its backing organization, NEWSED Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit devoted to promoting economic and business development in low-income communities. The group also connects low and mid-income folks in Denver with resources and affordable housing opportunities.

The 2022 Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival will take place in Civic Center Park on May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is free to attend. 

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