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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2022 in Portland

Food & Drink Specials, Fiesta de Mayo, and More
May 2, 2022
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with a dance party and an exclusive mole de poblano special at Tropicale. (Tropicale)
This Thursday, May 5, is Cinco de Mayo, commemorating Mexico's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Get ready to celebrate with festive events, like Cinco de Mayo Party and Sneaker Week PDX – Nexposure Fiesta, plus food and drink specials from local restaurants, from mole de poblano and an Altos Tequila cucumber cocktail at Tropicale to a Filipino-Mexican menu at BarkadaPDX. Read on for more ways to fête the holiday. 


TOP EVENTS

Cinco de Mayo Party Add to a List
This Cinco de Mayo celebration promises an all-day fiesta filled with delicious food, a full bar, some lucha libre viewing, and talent from all over Oregon. Look forward to a live tribute to Tejano music queen Selena, mariachi performances, a Vicente Fernández sing-along, and music from Forest Grove's Ballet Folklórico Mexico en la Piel.
(Stage 722, Buckman)

Cinco de Mayo in Willamette Add to a List
Head to this historic stretch of West Linn to learn about the origins of Cinco de Mayo, check out a vendor market, take part in a kids' scavenger hunt, and enter the raffle for a chance to win gift certificates from local businesses and Cinco de Mayo-themed items.
(Historic Willamette Main Street, West Linn)

Fiesta de Mayo: A Celebration of La Batalla de Puebla Add to a List
Immerse yourself in Mexican American culture by commemorating the Battle of Puebla with lucha libre, music from DJ Sinaloa, Deth Maiden, and Dead Steady Sound, festive foods and a full bar, vendors including La Tienda Del Sol and Xochiyotl Beads, plus some surprises!
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Sneaker Week PDX – Nexposure Fiesta Add to a List
Sneaker Week is taking over the Square's new Welcome Dome to highlight the "cultural influences of the Latinx community on footwear, design, and storytelling." Sneakerheads won't want to miss the chance to hear from Latin legends in the industry while getting a first chance to cop tickets to Sneaker Week 2022.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)

See all Cinco de Mayo 2022 events in Portland.

FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS

BarkadaPDX Add to a List
The Filipino pop-up BarkadaPDX is closing out its residency at Culmination Brewing Add to a List with a Filipino-Mexican menu that includes birria bistek tacos (corn tortilla fried in brisket fat with melted cheese, bistek brisket, pickled papaya, hot sauce, and consommé for dipping), sinigang spiced elote salad, and fried garlic rice. Other staples from the pop-up, including adobo fried chicken, bistek sliders, and "almost famous" pork lumpia, will also be available.
Kerns
Dine-in

Carlita's PDX Add to a List
Brush up on your agave-based spirits savvy with a Cazadores Tequila tasting at Carlita's downtown Portland and Eugene locations. Plus, check out specials like a fuego habanero pepper-jack queso and bottles of Cazadores Blanco Watermelon Margarita. 
Downtown, Eugene
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Casa de Dilla Add to a List
On Cinco de Mayo, this Eugene-based quesadilla specialist will debut its new "breakfast dilla," made with two scrambled eggs, bacon, spinach, garlic, mozzarella, and a Three Sisters Nixtamal blue corn tortilla. Following the holiday, the special will be available on evenings, Thursday through Friday.
Eugene
Dine-in

Mi Cava & Cocina Add to a List
This recently opened Mexican restaurant specializing in seafood is planning seasonal food specials for Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day weekend.
Hazelwood
Pickup, dine-in

Smart Donkey Add to a List
If you haven't yet had a chance to eat burritos inside a converted car wash stall at former Autentica and Uno Mas chef Oswaldo Bibiano's newest restaurant, here's your chance: The spot will host an all-ages Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5-7 pm on May 5, with $6 margaritas, tequila shots, and live psychedelic cumbia and chicha music from the local group Oleada. Plus, all day long, you'll be able to order any of their burrito proteins in taco form.
Richmond
Dine-in

Tropicale Add to a List
In honor of the people of Puebla, the Caribbean and Latin American cocktail bar Tropicale will serve an exclusive mole de poblano special on Cinco de Mayo. They'll also serve a cucumber cocktail made in collaboration with Topo Chico and Altos Tequila and will host a dance party from 6-9 pm with DJ Reni.
Kerns
Dine-in

OTHER MEXICAN RESTAURANTS WE LOVE

Birrieria PDX
Fans rave about this family-owned birria truck, which was one of the first quesabirria destinations to land on the scene in Portland and now operates four locations. A standout menu item is the birria ramen, which is made with Tapatío instant ramen noodle soup mix rehydrated with birria broth. For variety, try the sampler, which comes with a taco, a quesotaco, a vampiro, a mulita, and consommé.
Centennial, Buckman, Lents, Beaverton
Pickup, dine-in, drive-thru

Güero Add to a List
This casual spot from chef Megan Sanchez and husband Alec Morrison has been featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Portland Mercury editor Suzette Smith writes, "Their tortas are massive sandwiches holding seasoned offerings like carnitas or potato pancake, topped with onion, cilantro, cabbage, pickled onion, and more—delivered on toasted telera bread. But Güero is perhaps best known for their Ahogada, which takes inspiration from sandwiches found in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Pork, habanero slaw, and cilantro are piled into grilled bolillo bread (it's sort of like a baguette) and then the whole sandwich is smothered in achiote tomato sauce. It's a messy but wonderful experience...Everything you've heard about their deliciousness is true."
Buckman
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Nuestra Cocina Add to a List
Since opening in 2004, this convivial spot owned by married couple Benjamin Gonzales and Shannon Dooley-Gonzales has gathered a loyal following for its "peasant-style" Mexican cuisine and handmade tortillas. 
Hosford-Abernethy
Pickup, dine-in

República Add to a List
Baker Olivia Bartruff, chef Lauro Romero, and Reforma Roasters founder Angel Medina opened this cafe in November 2020. Since then, it's been nominated for a James Beard Award and has come to center around one of the city's most sought-after tasting menus, which highlights hard-to-find Mexican ingredients like huitlacoche (corn smut) and escamoles (ant pupae).
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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