Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity for Philadelphia to get out and celebrate Mexican culture on the anniversary of the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Near Philadelphia, you can celebrate by taking part in cultural events, enjoying incredible Mexican cuisine, going on a bike ride or bringing the kids along to explore the world of Monarch Butterflies, which are important in Mexican culture.

Mexican Cultural Center
111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 310
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-592-0410
www.mexicanculturalcenter.org

Before the party begins, the Consulate of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center will get a jump start with “La Semana Mexicana”/Mexican Week.  From Sunday, May 1 to Friday, May 6, the fourth annual Mexican Week will kick off with an official opening ceremony at City Hall with the raising of the Mexican Flag outside City Hall. The opening day festivities will feature dance and music inside and outside City Hall with guest speakers and programs to teach school children about Mexico. A number of city institutions will also feature Mexican-centric programming during the week.

Cinco De Mayo Benefit Bike Ride And Walk
Pennsylvania Center For Adapted Sports
#4 Boathouse Row Kelly Drive
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
www.centeronline.com

“A Ride For All, So That All May Ride” on Sunday, May 1 is a way to jump start the celebration by participating in race along the scenic roads of Chester County in suburban Philadelphia. Beginner cyclists as well as runners and walkers can pick their distance that is right for them along the relatively flat paved roads of the Chester Valley Trail. A more vigorous hilly trail awaits those who enjoy a challenge. Whichever route you choose, race organizers promise a post ride Fiesta finish line with fabulous food and music provided by Mas Mexicali Cantina.

Cinco De Mayo Cultural Festival
Commerce at Laurel Streets
Bridgeton, NJ
856-453-8130
www.getbridgeton.com

Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular in parts of the United States that have a high population with a Mexican heritage, and perhaps that is why Bridgeton is getting a few day’s jump on the party. Mexican culture, food, music, beverage and customs will be celebrated downtown at the corner of Commerce and Laurel Streets. Downtown Bridgeton will also feature a beer garden at the intersection of Cohansey and Washington Streets.

Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
www.camdenchildrensgarden.org

It’s “Beautiful Birds, Butterflies and Cinco de Mayo School Festival” on Thursday, May 5. Children of all ages can take flight and learn about butterfly migration, explore plants that attract butterflies and birds to your backyard and perhaps even take home a plant for your house. Children will also learn about the importance of monarch butterflies in Mexican culture. Traditional Mexican belief is that the monarch butterflies are the souls of ancestors who are returning to Earth for their annual visit.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration
10 S. Egg Harbor Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037
609-567-9014
www.downtownhammonton.com

From its award-winning restaurants to its gold-star bakeries and food trucks, the heart of Cumberland County, South Jersey offers up some of the best Mexican food in the tri-state area during this year’s brand new event celebrating Mexican heritage and culture. Eateries like El Mariachi Logo at 101 Bellevue Avenue and Fiesta Mexicana on Route 54 will offer unique Mexican dining experiences for patrons.

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