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Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Lauren Potter May 2, 2019

Downtown Phoenix is the best place in the Valley to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with not one, but two big parties happening right in the downtown core. Here’s what you can look forward to at each celebration.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival

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Looking for an authentic Cinco de Mayo experience in Phoenix? You’re in the right place.
Phoenix’s largest and longest-running Cindo de Mayo is in its 26th year — complete with a backdrop of city skyscrapers. The event returns with major local and national headliners, arts, and food and drink, for massive multicultural fiesta of grande proportions. Headlining acts include Grammy-nominated funk band WAR and Latin R&B band Tierra.
You can also watch live lucha libre, ballet folklorico, prizes and more. There’s even a kids zone with interactive rides for the little ones. The event raises money for scholarships to Grand Canyon University. Visit for all the details.
What: Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
When: Sunday,  May 5 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 200 W. Washington St.
Cost: General admission tickets $10. Kids 10 and under free with paid admission.

Cinco on Central Block Party feat. Lil Jon

Gather your friends for a fun fiesta when Chico Malo and Copper Blues take over the streets of downtown.
This year, Lil Jon headlines the massive 21+ party with a DJ, live musicians, dancers, artists, giant beer pong, a hot chili pepper eating contest and surprise guest appearances. The block party ends at 10 p.m., but you can stick around for the official after party at Copper Blues.
If you want to Snap Yo Fingers in the VIP area, tickets start at $100 and include five drinks, the Copper Blues Nacho Bar and access to exclusive viewing areas. Visit for info on tickets.
What: Cinco de Mayo on Central Block Party
When: Sunday, May 5 from  4-10 p.m.
Where: 1 E. Washington St.
Cost: General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $35 day of show.