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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.  Nightly headliners include:

  • Time: Entertainment Schedule
  • Location: Fiesta Main Stage
  • 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 SEVEN! 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.


NEW! – The Portland Mariachi Youth Celebration at Portland State University (Mar 17) brought together seven youth Mariachi groups from around the Pacific NW. Ten of these students have been selected for their performances and contributions to local youth Mariachi music. These Mariachi students will receive a private session with the Guadalajara Ciudad de Guadalajara. On Saturday, May 5th, between 8pm-9pm, these Mariachi musicians will play together on the main stage in one unforgettable performance.

  • Time: Entertainment Schedule
    • Friday, May 4th
      • 3pm to 4pm
      • 7pm to 8:30pm
    • Saturday, May 5th
      • 2pm to 3:30pm
      • 6pm to 7:30pm
      • 8pm to 9pm
    • Sunday, May 6th
      • 1pm to 2:30pm
      • 7pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: Fiesta Main Stage
  • 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
  • Papusas 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!
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Fiesta Food Court
  • 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.  Our proud Fiesta beer sponsors will be selling cans and beer on-tap, including:

  • Modelo Especial
    • Rich, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager
    • First bottled in 1925 in Tacuba, Mexico
  • Modelo Negro
    • A medium-bodied Munich Dunkel-style Lager
    • Brewed with galena and super galena hops as well as caramel malt, black malt and two and six row malt barley
  • Corona Extra
    • Light Pale Lager, best enjoyed with a slice of lime
    • In 1928, Corona established the first neon light advertisement in Mexico City
  • Cerveza Pacifico
    • Mexican Pilsner-style Lager
    • In 1900, three German brewers established Cervecería del Pacifico in the small Mexican port town of Mazatlán


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.

  • Time: 11AM-10:30PM
  • Location: Fiesta Main Stage Bar and Fiesta Food Court Cantina
  • 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.

  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Fiesta Carnival
  • Highlights: Portland’s tallest Ferris Wheel · Rides and carnival games for kids and adults · Unlimited-ride wristbands available for purchase
Providence Health Plaza de Niños

Children and families are welcome in our newly-expanded Providence Health 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
  • Volunteers will be present the full hours of operation
  • 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
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Plaza de Niños tent, near Info Booth
  • 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.

  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Artisan Area, just outside the Main Stage tent
  • Highlights: Six booths filled with artisans from Tonala, Mexico, selling their goods and explaining their crafts
Lotería / Mexican-style Bingo

Metro PCS proudly presents the Cinco de Mayo Lotería – a FREE activity with traditional bingo, prizes and entertainment.  Over 150 prizes up for grabs each day, with a top prize package every hour.


About Lotería

Lotería is a game of chance, very similar to Bingo, but using images instead of numbers. Lotería was first brought to Mexico in 1769. In Lotería, the announcer gives an improvised short poem or familiar phrase alluding to the image on the card (e.g. “the coat for the poor” for the image of the sun, or “the one who dies by the mouth” for the image of the fish).


How to play

Each player uses a chip -often a kernel of corn or a bean-to mark the corresponding spot on his or her tabla. The first player to appropriately fill the game board or tabla in a predefined pattern will shout either “Bingo!”or “Lotería!” to win the game and receive the prize

  • Time: 11AM-10:30PM
  • Location: Lotería tent, between Info booth and Leo’s Fruit Stand
  • Highlights: Free to play! · Over 150 prizes each day
Jose Cuervo Tequila Experience

How is tequila made? What is a piña from an agave? What’s the difference between a reposado and an anejo tequila?


Jose Cuervo invites you to learn about the history, culture and flavors of tequila.  A new attraction to the Fiesta, the Jose Cuervo Tequila Experience is a look at the people and the process of a liquor born in the sunny fields of blue agave Jalisco, Mexico.  A blend of art, science and tradition, the Tequila Experience will give you a taste of Jalisco’s most famous product.


Free, all-ages gallery and tour – Learn about how tequila is made in Jalisco, Mexico


Tequila tasters – Four 1/4 oz tasters of premium tequilas, from four different tequila distilleries in Jalisco  (adults only, additional cost)


Premium Cuervo Cocktail Bar – Top-shelf cocktails, including palomas, margaritas, our signature Fiesta Cantaritos

  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Jose Cuervo Tequila Experience Tent
  • Highlights: An all-ages bilingual tour of the people and process of making tequila · Tequila tasting and premium cocktail bar
Amateur Boxing Matches

Rip City Boxing will be hosting their 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Showcase, “Best of the Best” this year. This year’s event will be a 2-day event showcasing the top 4 amateur boxers in pre-selected age/weight classes. This event will have the semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday, with the winner receiving a Mexican themed championship belt. This family friendly event is included as part of the fair’s park entrance fee.


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.

  • Time: 1PM, both Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Rip City Boxing Ring, under the Morrison Bridge
  • 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 6, 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.

  • Time: 10AM on Sunday, May 6
  • Location: Main stage tent
  • Highlights: A celebration and mass under the big tent of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Reptile & Exotic Animal Exhibit

Touch a tortoise and an alligator.  See how big a Giant Tegu grows.  Look nose-to-nose with a Western Diamondback rattlesnake!  The International Reptile Rescue is coming to the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to introduce their star reptile and insect celebrities.  This fully-bilingual, educational experience welcomes children and families to get up close to dozens of lizards, snakes, tarantulas, centipedes and more.  Learn about where they live, what they eat, and how neat these critters can be once you get to know them.


International Reptile Rescue

Since the 1970’s, the International Reptile Rescue (formerly Hart’s Reptile World), has been the premier Reptile Rescue Organization and reptile educators.  Located here in Oregon, they travel across the nation to rescue and provide sanctuary for reptiles  Through educational programs they strive to convey the uniqueness of the reptile kingdom while at the same time providing a sanctuary for the animals.

  • Time: 11AM-8PM
  • Location: Reptile Rescue tent, near Fiesta Food Court and the river
  • Highlights: Reptiles, spiders and insects native of Mexico
Naturalization Ceremony

For the last 26 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. This year’s event is at the main tent on Friday May 4th.

  • Time: 1PM to 2PM
  • Location: Main Stage
  • Highlights: Welcome new USA Citizens
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