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Live Entertainment All Day & Night

World-famous musicians, incredible international acts and the best of local Latino talent join us on our Main Stage at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.  Seven special performances over three days by the Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara, joined onstage by the swirling dresses and stomping feet of the Ballet Folklorico Mexico En La Piel, from Forest Grove.

  • Highlights: International Bandas · Local Latino musical acts · Children’s folklorico dance troupes · Music day and night
Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara & Ballet Folklórico Mexico en La Piel

The world-famous Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara are giving several special performances in three days on the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Main Stage. Mariachi music originated in center-West Mexico between the 18th and 19th century in the state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located. For over three decades, 10 of the best Mariachi musicians in the world fly in from the historic Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico to perform live in Portland.

 

Joining them daily is Oregon’s own Ballet Folklórico Mexico en La Piel. This local Mexican folk dancer troupe fills the stage with spinning dresses and stomping feet. Ballet Folklorico showcases each area of Mexico and the costumes for the different dances are unique to particular regions. Learning these dances is a means of preserving the essence of the distinct cultures of each region of Mexico and perpetuating them for the benefit of future generations.

  • Highlights: Ten, local Mariachi students performing onstage with the world-famous Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara
Authentic Mexican and Latino Food

Fill your eyes, nose and stomachs with the homemade tastes and traditional dishes of Mexico and Latin America.  The Fiesta has invited local families and cooks, from the kitchens, restaurants and food carts of Portland, to join us and show off their prize dishes.

  • Regional and traditional Mexican food dishes
  • Pupusas from El Salvador
  • Empanadas and Arepas from Venezuela and Colombia
  • Cups of fresh fruit with chili and lime
  • Elotes, chicharrones and fresh-made churros
  • Tacos de tinga, carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, lengua and more!
  • Highlights: All the flavors of regional and traditional dishes from across Mexico and Latin America
Festival Drinks

Enjoy refreshing drinks and ice-cold beer throughout the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.  Our local vendors will be serving up horchatas, tejuínos and aguas frescas.  The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta welcomes all adults to drink responsibly and in moderation, and will help everyone have a safe ride home when they leave.

  • Highlights: Enjoy drinks strolling past Fiesta attractions and artisans · Relax with friends in our river-view seating · Celebrate and dance with everyone at our Main Stage
Family-Fun Carnival Rides

Experience the dazzle of bright and whirling lights, rides of every kind, thrills and games. Funtastic Traveling Shows is just possibly the world’s finest carnival, and its headquarters are right here in Portland, Oregon. Since 1971, Funtastic Shows has been one of the safest, cleanest, most widely-respected carnivals in the West.

  • Highlights: Portland’s tallest Ferris Wheel · Rides and carnival games for kids and adults · Unlimited-ride wristbands available for purchase
Plaza de Niños

Children and families are welcome in our newly-expanded Plaza de Niños.  This Fiesta is first a place for children to play and learn about the culture, traditions and crafts of Mexico and our sister city, Guadalajara.  Our Plaza de Niños offers our guests the following attractions:

 

FREE Face Painting

  • All children, 12 and under, are welcome to get their face painted from a list of Cinco de Mayo designs
  • Donations welcome, with 100% to benefit our friends, Fundación
    Faro de Alejandría, a wonderful and innovative school for children with autism in Guadalajara.

 

Cultural Crafts

  • Colorful personal piñatas filled with candy
  • Ojos de Dios, a cultural craft of the Huichol and Tepehuan Indians of western Mexico
  • Traditional lace crowns
  • Cinco de Mayo drawings and colorings

 

Family Space

  • Private, comfortable room for nursing mothers
  • Changing tables
  • Quiet and enclosed area with seating for families needing a break from the Fiesta
  • Highlights: Cultural activities and crafts for children · Free face painting · Nursing mother private space · Changing station
Guadalajara Artisan Village

Buy authentic, hand-crafted crafts in the Guadalajara Artisan Village! While exploring beautiful artwork in the open-air market, take advantage of opportunities to meet with the artisans who have traveled all the way from Guadalajara and Tonalá, Mexico to share their talents and sell their goods. Don’t miss the hand-painted facades created by our friend, famed artist from Tonalá, Mariano Palacios.

  • Highlights: Six booths filled with artisans from Tonala, Mexico, selling their goods and explaining their crafts
Amateur Boxing Matches

Rip City Boxing will be hosting their 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Showcase, “Best of the Best” this year.

Rip City Boxing

The Cinco de Mayo Showcase is organized by Rip City Boxing, a Portland non-profit organization that fosters youth via discipline, self-respect and accountability through the sport of boxing.  Rip City Boxing, a local club for kids age nine to 15, led by head coach James Franco.

  • Highlights: Final bouts Sunday afternoon with Cinco de Mayo Championship Belts to the winners
Sunday Mariachi Mass

A spiritual highlight is the annual mariachi Mass, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 3rd in the main tent.  Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside and liturgical music and dance will be provided by the internationally known Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara and Oregon’s Premier Grupo Ballet Folklórico.

 

The Mariachi Mass provides a spiritual and cultural aspect to the Cinco de Mayo festival, where positive family values are emphasized and shared by the Hispanic community.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Mass, regardless of religious affiliation. To keep this event safe for everyone, a limited number of attendees will be allowed based on tent capacity.

  • Highlights: A celebration and mass under the big tent of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Naturalization Ceremony

For the last 28 years, PGSCA, The US Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the city of Portland have been hosting an event where 50 people from up to 40 different countries become citizens of the United States.

  • Highlights: Welcome new USA Citizens