Cinco de Mayo

Events, Things to Do — By kwanberg on April 30, 2011 at 12:13 am

Celebrate the fifth of May and Santa Barbara’s rich cultural heritage at the 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 7th and 8th, from 11 am until 10 pm. Head to Plaza de la Guerra and at the historic Casa de la Guerra to enjoy live music, tasty Mexican fare, craft booths, frosty drinks, and activities for the kiddies. Crack cascarones (confetti-filled eggs) and imbibe in icy margaritas and homemade chips and guacamole at El Paseo Restaurant, located at 813 Anacapa Street in the historic El Paseo, built in the 1920s. A favorite local Mexican restaurant located a short walk from the event festivities, El Paseo fills up with boisterous crowds on this margarita-favoring holiday, so get there early if you want a table. !Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Tags: Cinco de Mayo, Santa Barbara


  • Caroline Telus says:

    CInco de Mayo is a whole lot of fun in Santa Barbara. Regardless of it being a holiday or not for some, the culture here is enough to make it feel like it is going on all year long. SO engrossed in the city life that is Santa Barbara, the food, people, architecture is incredibly spanish, so Cinco de Mayo in this beautiful town is nothing less than an experience. I recommend if visiting and wishing to save some serious money, stay at the Sandman Inn ( I always stay there whenever I visit SB with my family! The location is great and so are the two pools.

  • Janice says:

    Caroline, I totally agree! I came down for Fiesta last year and loved the entire experience. I’m hoping to make it again this summer for Solstice, I have heard that that is a great celebration as well. And I definitely recommend The Sandman Inn ( as well. I found it by chance on my last visit to Santa Barbara and it is by far my favorite hotel in the city, especially when traveling on a budget. So often I feel like in Santa Barbara the only lodging options are cheap motels or luxury hotels, so finding a hotel that didn’t break the bank but still had awesome accomodations was great.

  • Lesly G says:

    Love CInco De Mayo in Santa Barbara! So much fun and all the festivities and food are always so good! I went this past year and had a great time! My family really took pride in participating in such an important event in Californian history! We stayed at the South Coast Inn ( So elegant and the best place to get some much needed relaxation! I enjoyed being able to escape the city noise as well here!

  • Adele says:

    Cinco De Mayo in Santa Barbara is so much fun! I have actually been to the El Paseo during all of the festivities and it is a true experience to enjoy! I have to agree with Lesly and Caroline, both the Sandman Inn and the South Coast are excellent hotels to look into if you are seeking to save some money while staying in this very expensive city! Both offer different things to the eclectic traveler! I recommend looking into both!


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