This year Cinco de Mayo will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 11 am to 5 pm. The day will be filled with vibrant expressions of Mexican culture including folklorico dancers in dazzling costumes, phenomenal flamenco dancing from South of the Border that brings thunderous applause every time, hot Latin vibes, and the ever-popular roaming Mariachis.
All are welcome at the annual festival celebrating Mexico’s rich culture and heritage.
Admission is free and there will be free trolley shuttle service from the Uptown Municipal Parking Lot back and forth from Tlaquepaque from 10 am to 6 pm.
Cinco de Mayo, which translates as the Fifth of May, marks Mexico's surprise 1862 victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war and its eventual independence.
Gaetano Mosaico Flamenco, 11 am to 2:00 pm in Patio Del Norte
- These high-energy flamenco dancers give it their all with passion and devotion to the art, exciting their audiences to the point of happy exhaustion just watching them perform! Backed by high-spirited musical accompaniment, you’ll want to be sure to catch one of their performances.
Ritmo Latino, 2:30 pm to 5 pm in Patio Del Norte
- Tlaquepaque favorite, Ritmo Latino will be on hand with the sensuous sounds of acoustic guitar and saxophone, the sultry rhythms of Latin percussion, and the vocals of Andres Martinez. Don’t be surprised if you feel compelled to bust a move or two!
Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Performance at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm in the courtyard at Tlaquepaque North
- Beautiful costumes in swirls of color and charming choreography will delight audiences as these multi-aged, talented dancers express their traditional stories and folklore in dance. Look for the youngest dancers. They are beyond adorable!
Mariachi La Familia Rojas, 11 am to 2 pm, performing throughout Tlaquepaque and Tlaquepaque North
- And for a little nostalgia, enjoy the classic sounds and favorites by the Mariachi La Familia Rojas who will roam the streets of Tlaquepaque. This troupe clearly enjoys performing and they quickly gather crowds as they meander the property.
Mr. Don Julio and Dos Guitarras, 3 pm to 5 pm , performing in Patio de las Campanas
- Enjoy the sounds of one of the finest fingerstyle guitar rhthyms. Known for their original and passionate guitar playing from their diverse upbringing in Spain, Mexico and Latin America.
Activities for the children include free face painting, 11 am to 5 pm and an opportunity to paint your own wooden snake or little maraca in Patio de las Campanas, 1 pm to 5 pm.
Don't forget to bring the kids for the breaking of the Pinata at 1p.m. , 2p.m., 3 p.m. in Patio de las Campanas.
Home to more than 55 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 48th year, is located at 336 AZ-179 and 313 AZ- 179 in Sedona, Arizona. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit: tlaq.com.