Cinco fun things to do for Cinco de Mayo in the Des Moines Area


Cinco de Mayo is a fun way to celebrate Mexican culture. Although, this is not widely celebrated day in Mexico, in The United States many different events happen on this day. Here is a list of what will be happening Cinco de Mayo weekend in your area besides the typical Mexican Restaurant Fiestas.

Friday May 3, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Zumbathon for Al Exito

Prairie Life Fitness (West Des Moines, IA), 4875 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA

This event is open to public and the cost is $10 at the door. It supports Al Exito which is non-profit organization that helps Latinx students and their family members across the state of Iowa. Not only it provides after school programs for middle and high school students, it also offers family programs, summer camps college scholarships and even LGBTQ programs.

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Food Truck Throw Down

Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., Des Moines, IA

Great food and lots of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Des Moines Social Club 5th Annual Food Truck Throw Down is only $5 to enter and it allows participants to check out food from more than 12 food trucks. Once you fill up with delicious street food stay for live music. Beverage tents, and art activities. Participants will also have a chance to cast their vote for Des Moines Register People’s Choice Award. For more information about this event look for Food Truck Throw Down on Facebook.


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Opening Day Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market

Des Moines Farmer’s Market is as big as 9 city blocks. It features about 300 local small businesses. There will be fresh produce, baked goods, seasonal flowers, fresh from the farm eggs and cheese, locally produced wine and etc.

Saturday May 4, 2019, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

15th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo presented by Historic Valley Junction Foundation.

Historic Valley Junction, 137 5th St., West Des Moines, IA

15th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo presented by Historic Valley Junction Foundation.

This festival is recognition of Mexican community and Mexican heritage of railroad workers that helped James Jordan to make his vision of bringing railroad to Des Moines reality. There will be Mexican food to try, artwork, live music, family activities and even dancing. For more information about this event look for Historic Valley Junction on Facebook and check out this and other events they have to offer.


Saturday May 4, 2019

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs middle weight title unification bout exclusively on DAZN.

Cinco de Mayo celebration is exploding big this year with the most anticipated fight of 2019 so far. Tune in to DAZN for Canelo vs. Jacobs.

Other notable events across Iowa:

Saturday May 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Cinco De Bike-O Ride (13th Annual)

CJ’s Sports Bar & Grill


62 17th Ave SW. Cedar Rapids. IA

Riding bike to exercise is very healthy, but hey, it’s weekend after all, so take a small break from healthy lifestyle and if you wish walk or bike downtown stopping at any bars that look inviting to you. Most of bars will have outdoor seating. Here is the list of participating bars: CJ’S (Outdoor area), Kickstand (Outdoor area), Lucita’s (Outdoor area), Iowa Brewing Co. (Outdoor area), Sag Wagon (Outdoor Area), (Optional) for those that want to get another margarita in your system. Hacienda Center Point RD, Knights of Columbus (Outdoor area), MOCO (Next to the Knights), Old Neighborhood Bar (Next to MOCO).


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

10th Annual 4-person Best Shot Golf Tournament West Liberty Youth Dream Catchers, West Liberty, IA

Pleasant Valley Golf Course, 4290 Sand Road, Iowa City, IA

This event is for West Liberty Youth Dream Catchers which is mentoring program that offer academic help to students from 3-12 grades.

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