Cinco de Mayo Returns to Old Town San Diego With a Vibrant Mercado and Food Experience

| April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Grab your family and head to historic Old Town San Diego to spice up your weekend for the Free Fiesta Old Town Mercado – a Cinco de Mayo artisan market and dining extravaganza! After 37 years of fiery fun plus one dynamic virtual party in 2020, Fiesta Old Town will bring back the fuego as it transforms the historic Old Town San Diego, CA area into a Cinco de Mayo retail and cuisine experience taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2.

As you journey through lanes of mini-tiendas (stores) you will find colorful trinkets, masterful arts and crafts and yummy cuisines. This bustling mercado will burst with dynamic energy and flavors as the community collaborates to bring vitality back to the beloved streets of Old Town, the site of the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast featuring Mexican lore and historical sites, colorful shops and eclectic restaurants.

Enjoy enriched vibrations and the musings of tradition as you peruse the history and modern culture of one of San Diego’s most iconic districts. Feed your curiosity and love for Old Town by exploring the museums, specialty shops and the lively streets of the Mercado where you can purchase an array of merchandise from over 100 vendors that include: handmade leather pieces, beautiful jewelry and many more treasures.

Dine and drink at San Diego’s top eateries in expanded curbside seating centered in the heart of the bustle and energy. From world-famous margaritas and iced cold cervezas to handmade tortillas and specialty enchiladas, your palate will burst with the flavors of Fiesta as you sway to the vibrant melodies played in the restaurants lining the streets.

As a top regional tourism destination, Old Town has been significantly impacted by stay-at-home orders and forced business closures. As we head into our next chapter, the businesses of Old Town are ready to welcome San Diegans and visitors alike back with safety as the premier priority in all endeavors. Fiesta Old Town Mercado will comply with all state and local guidelines for market-style activations and will provide a fun and celebratory experience that provides for distancing and mask-wearing as appropriate based on current official guidelines.

Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation. For additional information, visit

2019 Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo. Photo credit: Rick Nocon

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