Festive Cinco de Mayo Event Heads to Downtown Arlington

With AT&T Stadium, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Six Flags, and Arlington Music Hall, Arlington has a long list of venues that have hosted a wealth of events. The city is adding to that list with a new event to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which started as a way to commemorate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War and has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

“We are excited to be adding a variety of celebrations throughout Arlington to expand the types of activities for our citizens. The event will celebrate the diversity and culture of our city,” said Rental and Lake Services Coordinator Kristy Sheikh. “A variety of cultural music and food will be featured throughout the event.”

The city’s first ever Cinco de Mayo event will highlight a fairly new facility that has become recognized as the heart of music and performing arts in Arlington. “The event will be held at Founders Plaza in downtown Arlington, with the entertainment performances on the Levitt Pavilion Stage,” said Rental and Lake Services Manager Michael Debrecht, who expects between 3,000 and 5,000 attendees at the event. “This festival is something that we anticipate to continue for many years into the future and we are looking for partners to become involved.”

If you would like more information about how to become a partner for this event, please contact Rental & Lake Services Manager Michael Debrecht at 817-575-8283 or michael.debrecht@arlingtontx.gov.

 

Schedule*

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Zumba
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Jillian Tims – Mariachi
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico – Azteca de Fort Worth, Inc.
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Vive By Design
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico – Sam Houston High School
3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. – Folklorico – Amor A Nuestra Cultura
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Mariachi Nueva Era Group
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Alexxa
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Cheyo Carrillo

*subject to change

3 thoughts on “Festive Cinco de Mayo Event Heads to Downtown Arlington”

  1. I had a great time at the Cinco De Mayo festival. There was a wide variety of activities and entertainment, which were all put on for free by the City of Arlington. I was driving by and decided to walk through, and I ended up staying a couple of hours.

    Meriel if you did not enjoy the event maybe you could make a constructive suggestion about what you would like to see at the event next year.

    I’ve heard that if you do not like the city’s free events they will give you your money back.

  2. Yes my fellow arlingto-dewellers. This is the true ESSENCE of a Cinco De Mayo festivale. I mean, who could forget such classic events such as, ‘the annual enter to win a thing you don’t need’, or ‘ just flat out advretizment’. Really Arlington? Is this the BEST you could do? What were you thinking?! ” um… Like, Arlington needs to be more culturally involved. So, um… Let’s just make a whole big consumers trap and call it a Cinco De Mayo Festival!” I am really at a loss for words. The only thing it’s got going for it is the food, which I must admit is not half bad. But really, that by itself does NOT make this worth going to. Things might improve later on, but I’m not sticking around to find

    1. Meriel, we are sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. Like most of our free public events, we have vendors and sponsors to offset the event costs rather than passing them along to the taxpayers. Without our vendors and sponsors we would not have been able to host nine entertainment acts throughout the day or provide the activities and staff for the children’s area. This was our first year hosting a Cinco de Mayo event and we do have lessons to learn. We appreciate the feedback.

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