Cinco de Mayo is not a significant and official event in Canada; yet, there are still many events in Vancouver dedicated to the Mexican holiday. Many clubs, bars, and restaurants organize special events, promotions, and tastings. There are also open-air concerts, cruises, performances, and lots of delicious Mexican food for everyone in Vancouver to enjoy.
The largest two-day Cinco de Mayo celebration in Vancouver is Casa de Amigos at Robson Square. Four stations offer various kinds of tacos, ceviche, churros, and other street foods. There are also plenty of cerveza, mezcal, and tequila cocktails to enjoy in the beverage garden. And of course, no Cinco de Mayo fiesta would be complete without music, dances and Luchador wrestling. Only folks ages 19+ can join the party, though.
Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery also hosts a celebration with Mexican food and cocktails. There's also live music and entertainment. Sol Fiesta Mexico is held on the eve of Cinco de Mayo at the Harbour Events Centre with mariachi bands and other live performers. Cinco de Mayo Pub Night Cruise is offered by Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours on Friday in New Westminster with Salsa, Merengue, and Samba music. Cinco de Mayo Latin Cruises run from Harbour Events Centre on Pacific Boulevard along False Creek. For most of the cruise celebrations, visitors have to be at least 19 years old. La Gran Fiesta Run is a family-friendly race around Burnaby Lake that is held every year on May 5th.