Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla and the day recognizes the strength of the Mexican people. Cinco de Mayo celebrations are often accompanied by an abundance of food, music, and festivals.
This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday, meaning a weekend trip to celebrate the holiday is possible with Southwest’s low fares and frequent nonstop service. Whether you are looking for an authentic celebration or the best place to get a margarita, here are five trips to book for this year’s Cinco de Mayo.
Did you know Denver is known for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration? The two-day celebration includes live music (there are three stages), a parade, and vendors for food and art. The Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival has been around since 1988 and thousands of people gather to enjoy the music, food, and the culture of the holiday.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Why not fly to Mexico to celebrate the holiday? Puerto Vallarta is one of Southwest’s international destinations. Puerto Vallarta sits between the ocean and a picturesque mountain range. There is something for everyone—lounge by the Pacific coast or take in the colorful streets that are lined with vibrant flags and buildings with hues of yellow and turquoise on every corner. You can also join the locals in Puerto Vallarta who celebrate with a Mexito (a mojito with tequila) and a traditional Mexican meal.
Can you say ‘Yee Haw’ for a margarita? This classic drink on Cinco de Mayo can best be enjoyed in Austin, TX. La Condesa in Austin was rated as having one of America’s best margaritas, and you' better believe the city that thrives on tex-mex cuisine will be celebrating at this restaurant and many more. Between the Blue Starlite Drive-In featuring Mexican films to the free Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival with a Mexican-focused line-up, this city is a must-see for Cinco de Mayo.
Los Angeles, California
The cuisine options for delicious Hispanic meals are plentiful in Los Angeles., including Mexican dishes. There are fine-dining options and hole-in-the-wall spots for the vibe you’re searching for. Looking for something a little more unique than tacos? Head over to El Huarache Azteca in the Highland Park area for the popular huarache Mexican dish from Mexico City. With so many options, you are sure to find deals in every part of the city. You can also experience Fiesta Broadway, known as the “Super Bowl of Festivals.” The event is attended by over 300,000 people and celebrates Cinco de Mayo with authentic food, music, and carnival games.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Mexican culture has thrived in the District del Sol in St. Paul, MN, for decades. The neighborhood hosts a festival each year, and this destination is great for families. There are cultural learning activities and performances, a History Zone (you might learn that Cinco de Mayo is in fact not a celebration of Mexico’s independence), and a parade to celebrate Mexican culture.
What are you waiting for? Book your flight today, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo the Southwest Way!
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Music festivals are community events that bring people together to discover new tunes through live performances. It’s a shared experience with hundreds, or even thousands of others that can also be completely personalized. Think you’re ready to take on your first festival? We’ve pulled together four tips below to help you prepare!
Southwest Airlines proudly sponsors Luck Reunion, a boutique music festival on Willie Nelson’s ranch in “Luck, TX.” Whether you’re a seasoned festival guru or a novice to the melodic jamboree, Luck Reunion offers a unique vibe for anyone who enjoys chill energy and an eccentric artist lineup.
Tip 1: How to Score Tickets
Most festivals have a limited number of tickets for sale. Make sure you know when and where tickets will be released. One easy way to stay in the know on presales and public on sale dates is through social media. Follow the festival, sponsors, and artists on social media to score ticket deals prior to the festival. Luck Reunion sells tickets during “pop-up” sales prior to the event. If you’re aiming to join us at Luck, be sure to follow Luck Reunion, Southwest, and the Luck artists on social media.
Tip 2: What to Bring
While all festivals have a unique vibe, there are some essential items to pack no matter where you’re headed. First, bring a fanny pack or backpack so you can be hands-free during the festival. Being outside during a music festival is part of the appeal of the atmosphere, and it’s important to bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and sunglasses to keep you hydrated and sunburn-free. To make sure you never miss capturing a musical moment, bring a portable phone charger for long days spent snapping photos or videos of your favorite artists. The final must-have on your packing list should be cash. Many musical festivals will have merchandise tables along with cash-only food trucks. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a fun T-shirt or a taco!
Tip 3: Know the Artists (And Their Tunes!)
Leading up to the music festival, get to know the artists performing. Many festivals curate playlists of the artists performing which are often available for streaming, or hosted on their website. For instance, many of the Luck Reunion artists are featured on southwest.fm. There, you can find live performances from Luck Reunion 2017, including one from Devon Gilfillian, a Southwest Artist On The Rise, who will be performing at Luck again this year.
Tip 4: How to Get There
After a weekend of exhilarating fun and nonstop music, you’ll likely be exhausted. The last thing you’ll want to do is get in a car and drive all day. With Southwest, you can plan ahead and book travel on southwest.com. Even better, Southwest always offers Customers two free checked bags so you can easily pack the essentials you need without worrying about extra baggage fees. No need to question if you’re going to bring that extra blanket or a back-up outfit!
Music festivals allow people everywhere to gather with the commonality of enjoying music. Stay tuned to discover which of the five Artists On The Rise will perform at this year’s Luck Reunion, and keep jammin’.
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