Cinco de Mayo

Multicultural Merrymaking

Calgary is a great city for multiculturalism. Our growing population is representative of people from every corner of the globe! The events in Calgary are becoming more representative of our diversity, and in recent years we have been seeing lots of cultural holidays being celebrated.


Last year, Contemporary Calgary put together a Cinco party inspired by Mexican contemporary art. The space was decorated by local artists and featured cocina auténtica and luchadores for entertainment. This year the Mexican Consulate in Calgary, CALMECA, and Casa Mexico are hosting events, as well some of the best Mexican restaurants in the city including Native Tongues, Los Chilitos, and Añejo.

Why Celebrate?

Observed on May 5th, the holiday is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla where outnumbered Mexican forces defeated occupying French forces. The victory is celebrated among people of Mexican decent in Canada and the US more commonly than in Mexico, and is an important cultural heritage day for many.

How to plan an event

Planning a Cinco de Mayo event for a client is a great opportunity to flex your creative muscles. Traditional décor includes lots of red, white, and green; the colors of the Mexican flag. Incorporating traditional paper hand crafts or a military inspired dress code will make your Cinco de Mayo event memorable.

This year Craft Cellars is hosting a Tequila Celebration, featuring a tasting and education session. Incorporating custom tequila based cocktails is a great way to impress your guests. For the food menu, try taking a tip from Cuisine et Chateau who’s Cinco de Mayo festival includes traditional fare prepared at live cooking stations.

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Let us know how you’ll be spending this Cinco de Mayo!

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