Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Friday, May 5 in 2023, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. You can learn more about the history of the holiday here.

If you're looking for a great meal to celebrate Cinco, we've got you covered. Our friend and Gwinnetian, Jose Martinez Ramirez, created a list of some of the county's most authentic Mexican restaurants. His suggestions include:

  • La Mixteca Tamale House (Suwanee)
  • Agavero Cantina (Lilburn)
  • La Michoacana Loca (Lilburn)
  • Taqueria El Dorado (Duluth)
  • Talpa Supermercados (Lilburn)
  • Taqueria Tsunami (Peachtree Corners)
  • Taqueria Oaxaquena De La Guelaguetza (Norcross)
  • La Social Taqueria Fonda (Lawrenceville)
  • Dulces Sueno Cakes (Norcross)

See the full post and Jose's suggestions of what to order here.

Want to celebrate at home? Order a Street Taco Kit from Strange Taco Bar, the "original unauthentic taqueria." The kit includes everything you need to build the perfect street tacos: fresh pico, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and flour tortillas. Serves 8-10 people.



Highlighting Local Mexican Businesses

Through our local love series, we make an effort to promote local minority-owned businesses. Be sure to check out the two features below and plan a visit to each place ASAP. You'll thank us later.


Local Love: Beto's Tacos 
Nicknamed "Beto" by his parents, Roberto has been serving tacos to hungry Gwinnettians since 2019. 

Local Love: Plaza Las Americas
Located in Lilburn, this building is an adaptive re-use of a vacant Lowe's storefront turned indoor/outdoor market. 

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Beto's Tacos

As far as events go, you can find Cinco celebrations all over Gwinnett: 



May 3rd: Fridays N Duluth

Experience exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting with amazing local cuisine while listening to live entertainment on the Duluth Town Green!


May 3rd: See Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi @ Gas South Arena

The show starts at 8:00 pm. Secure your tickets before they are gone!


May 4th: 4th de Mayo Block Party @ Indio Brewing 

Starting at 12 pm stop by for Cerveza, Tequila, Tacos, Mariachi, Lucha Libre, Karaoke, and more! 


May 4th - May 5th: Cinco De Mayhem @ Truck N Tap Lawrenceville

The ultimate Kentucky Derby, May the Fourth be with you, & Cinco de Mayo party complete with drink specials and live music!

12:00 pm - 11:445 pm 

May 4th & 5th: Latino Family Music Festival @ Stone Mountain Park 

The festival features a family-friendly Drone & Light Show on the largest screen in the world, storytellers, and live international talent including Aztec Dancers, Colombian & Mexican Ballet, Flamenco Dancers, Mariachi Bands, Pleneros, Mexican bands, & more! 

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo Pop-Up on Duluth Town Green

Fiesta like there's no manana! Grab a marg from one of your favorite Downtown Duluth Bar and then dance the night away to live music!

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo Taco Fest @ Plaza Las Americas

Indulge in a flavorful fiesta featuring a variety of mouthwatering tacos from authentic food trucks, while enjoying live music and entertainment that will have you dancing all day long. 

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo Sunday Funday Party @ Cultivation Brewery 

An afternoon of celebration, delicious street tacos, and the release of TWO new brews! 

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo @ StillFire Brewery

Celebrate all day long with delicious specials like $20 pitchers of their award-winning Blue Bandito Mexican Larger & $8 Margaritas with live music from Luke Latimer starting at 3 pm.

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm 



See our calendar for more.