5 Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in North Texas

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria- July 25, 2015: Mexican men and women from a folklore group for traditional dances kneeling on street in final position during a parade of "International Folklore Festival Veliko Tarnovo", Bulgaria. The festival is a prestigious folklore event which became significant and traditional part of the cultural life of the ancient capital of Bulgaria. A real long – expected holiday for habitants and guests of the city in the hot summer days. Today, Veliko Tarnovo is the center of one of the largest urban areas in Bulgaria.


Cinco de Mayo — widely celebrated in the United States, although it’s a minor holiday in Mexico — honors the Mexican army’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War’s Battle of Puebla.


Make your Cinco de Mayo memorable this year with one of these events in North Texas.


Dallas Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival

Presented by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, this family-friendly celebration includes marching bands, dancers, decorated floats and DJs. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center with a kickoff ceremony at 9 a.m.


Downtown Dallas Movie Series: Coco

Catch a free screening of the Oscar award-winning animated film, Coco. The Dallas Farmers Market will be showing Pixar’s Coco at 7:45 p.m.


McKinney’s Cultural Music Series

Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to Old Settler’s Park and Recreation Center in McKinney for a free concert. Beginning at 9 a.m., performances include the Mariachi Caporales, Alma Salvaje Argentina and Folkloric Dancing. A dance workshop will also be offered at 8 a.m.


Fiesta Tecaliso: A Cinco de Mayo Celebration Concert

Enjoy a mariachi-classical music mashup from world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos and the Irving Symphony Orchestra. Led by Maestro Hector Guzman, the concert is produced by the United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation in collaboration with the City of Irving and Live Nation.


Mindfulness and Margaritas

Start your Cinco de Mayo with yoga and meditation at the terrace at Mockingbird Station. The class begins at 9 a.m., but stick around for henna, braid bar and Cinco de Mayo specials throughout the Station all afternoon.

D-FW Weekend Round Up

mavs playoffs

We’ve got another gorgeous weekend ahead of us in D-FW. If you’re looking for a way to take advantage of the warm temperatures and celebrate the weekend the way it was meant to be celebrated, check out the list below. From the Mavs’ Playoff game and Mayfest 2014 to dog-friendly fun and Cinco de Mayo parties, we’ve got events for everyone!


Mavs Playoff Game: Tonight, Friday, May 2, the Mavs play game 6 against the Spurs at 7 p.m. This is a big one, since the Spurs currently lead the Mavs 3-2 in the series. There will be no shortage of places to watch the game around D-FW, so, wherever you are, tune-in. Go Mavs!


Dallas Guitar Festival: Three days of music and shopping will commence Friday, May 2, at Fair Park in celebration of one of music’s most famous instruments, the guitar. Going on until Sunday, May 4, there will be three different buildings dedicated to showcasing 800 booths and 60 performers.


Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games: From Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4, you can enjoy “the skirl of the pipes, the cheers of encouragement for the athletic events, and the swirling of the Highland Dancers” at Mavericks Stadium.


Deep Ellum Urban Race & Block Party: Think “Amazing Race,” but Deep Ellum-style. This scavenger hunt will lead you around Deep Ellum following clues and solving puzzles about everything from pop-culture to local history. After a day of competition, you’ll be rewarded with cold drinks, music, and games at a killer block party.


Mayfest 2014: Going on until Sunday, May 4, check out live music, art, great food, and a market featuring local artisans at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.


Cottonwood Art Festival: Richardson is hosting the 45th-annual festival at Cottonwood Park on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. There will be more than 240 artists, live music from top local bands, and a chance to make art of your own.


Kentucky Derby Day: Head to Lone Star Park on Saturday, May 3, to celebrate the Louisville, KY event in D-FW. There will be live horse races and you can place a bet on the actual Derby while watching it on the big screen. Other Kentucky Derby Day events include Polo on the Lawn at Prestonwood Polo & Country Club, Hats & Horses at Southfork Ranch in Parker, and Lee Park Junior Conservancy’s A Day at the Races at Arlington Hall.


Cinco de Mutto: Saturday, May 3, join dogs and dog lovers at Mutts Canine Cantina for a fiesta celebrating National Pet Month. There will be dog available for adoption, $20 microchipping, pet-friendly games, free Petmate toys, and more.


Cinco de Mayo Events: Click here for an extensive list of the many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo all weekend, all over D-FW.


Suburbia Music Festival: In it’s inaugural year, this event will showcase acts like Alabama Shakes, Third Eye Blind, and David Guetta. Multiple acts will take place on three separate stages in Oak Point Park in Plano on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4.


Dog Bowl: Sunday, May 4, Fair Park welcomes dog lovers and their furry friends to Cotton Bowl Stadium for a day spent at the world’s largest dog park. If you’ve got a pooch, this may just be the perfect opportunity to take in this weekend’s weather, plus you can participate in a dog/owner look-a-like contest!


Image via mavs.com