The Reno / Sparks area contains a large Hispanic population and gets into the Cinco de Mayo holiday in a big way. The biggest party is a fiesta at the Grand Sierra Resort, but there are other celebrations happening around Reno / Tahoe as well.
2014 Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Grand Sierra Resort
This 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival is northern Nevada's biggest annual celebration of Latino heritage. It will be at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, in the southeast parking area. Admission to the event is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger and seniors 65 and older. Once in, all entertainment is free. Enjoy a free taco with paid admission on Friday. Bring the family and join the 2014 Cinco de Mayo party.
- Friday, May 2 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, May 3 - 12 noon to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, May 4 - 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Presented by Big Daddy's Barbeque, Tijuana Style Tacos and numerous other sponsors, Cinco de Mayo 2014 will feature a number of attractions every day. The music headliners will be Los Tremendous de Mexico on Friday, La Raza Obrera on Saturday, and Los Morros on Sunday.
- Mexican dancing horses performances and parade
- Ms. Cinco De Mayo contest
- Children's playground with bounce houses, giant slides, face painting
- Booths with Mexican and American food, arts, crafts, and information
- Carnival rides (run till 10 p.m.)
- ARCE amateur boxing
This Cinco de Mayo Festival celebrates Latino heritage and supports non-profit organizations providing products and services to the northern Nevada Hispanic community. Event proceeds help support Hispanic Youth Leadership Summits. For more information, call (775) 291-3651 or (775) 856-4888.
Pinatas & Predators at Animal Ark
For Cinco de Mayo with a wild twist, come to Animal Ark near Reno on Saturday, May 3 from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Watch the predators break open pinatas to get their treats - wolves and bears and cheetahs, oh my! Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for children, $13.50 for seniors, free for kids two and under. Bring your camera for some great photo opportunities. Contact the Animal Ark for more information. The contact phone number is 1-775-970-3111 (you must dial 1-775 when calling from the Reno area).
Hispanic Entertainment at the Grand Sierra Resort
Gloria Trevi: De Pelicula Tour 2014 - The "Mexican Madonna" will perform in the Grand Theatre at 8 p.m. on May 1, 2014. Tickets for the show start at $50 and can be purchased online. The Grand Sierra Resort is at 2500 E. Second Street in Reno. The information phone number is (775) 789-2000.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan - Enjoy this world famous musical ensemble in the Grand Theatre at 8 p.m. on May 10, 2014. Tickets for the show start at $38.50 and can be purchased online. The Grand Sierra Resort is at 2500 E. Second Street in Reno. The information phone number is (775) 789-2000.
Reno Mexican Restaurants
Just about every Mexican restaurant in the Reno area will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with food and drink specials. Check out "Top Reno Mexican Restaurants" and head down to your local cantina to join the party.
About Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo in Reno is our annual celebration of Mexican American and south-of-the-border Mexican culture. It is not Mexican Independence Day, but a festival commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. As celebrated today, Cinco de Mayo is mostly a north-of-the-border fiesta, with not much happening down south except in the Mexican state of Puebla. For the curious, here is some detailed information about the Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo.