It’s time to break out the sombreros and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Greater Des Moines has everything from events to special menus to celebrate. So get ready for some dancing, tacos, and margaritas because the celebrations start on none other than May 5.

Festival Cinco de Mayo 
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Historic Valley Junction’s 16th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 7! From Noon – 10 p.m., enjoy food, art, live music, dancing, and more! The festival is an opportunity to celebrate the Mexican heritage of the many railroad workers during the establishment of Valley Junction. 

Cinco De Mayo at Coa Cantina
There’s no better place to celebrate Cinco De Mayo than Iowa’s largest tequila selection home, Coa Cantina! Kitchen opens at noon, but the party continues until 1 a.m.! No Cinco De Mayo party is complete without tacos and margaritas, and they’ll have plenty of them. Plus, DJ’s all day, and a photo booth! Both levels and dog friendly patio will be open. 

Rita's Cantina
Rita's Cantina is known for their margarita AND queso flights! They are having happy hour deals all day, which include $2 off a queso flight, $1 off margaritas, and more. Do what you will with this information.

Cinco De Mayo Party at Smash Park
Smash Park is giving you something to taco ‘bout! From 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., enjoy $1 tacos and $2 margaritas to help celebrate! No registration required, it’s a free event to attend! 

Cinco de Mayo Menu at Barn Town Brewing
Barn Town Brewing is spicing things up with a special Cinco de Mayo menu. The menu will include items like guajillo pork tacos served with chips and salsa. Sounds like a perfect pairing to us!

Lua Brewing Cinco de Mayo Menu
Lua Brewing is turning into Lua Bell on Cinco de Mayo. Their chef is thinking outside the bun for this menu. You can get burrito supreme, nacho fries, soft taco supreme. Sounds like some menu items from another bell restaurant (wink, wink). And the best part, all of these menu items can be made into vegetarian dishes!

Mullets has all the Cinco De Mayo specials you need! Start out with their margarita flight and continue with another important flight: tacos! More specials to come.

Taco Trucks

Who doesn't love street food? Swing by one of these local taco trucks and get yourself a smorgasbord of authentic, flavorful food.

  • Taco La Papa: 1111 E 14th Street, Des Moines 
  • Taqueria Los Pinos: 3116 E 14th St, Des Moines
  • Tacos Degollado: 1817 University Ave, Des Moines
  • Tacos El Asadero: 3301 E 14th Street, Des Moines
  • Tacos Villanueva: 1601 E University Ave, Des Moines
  • Los Olivos: 1350 - 6508 SE 14th Street, Des Moines
  • Taqueria Veracruz: Cleveland Ave & E 14th St, Des Moines
  • Tacos Terascos: 6000 Douglas Ave, Des Moines 
  • Jose's Tacos: 1525 E Grand Ave, Des Moines