Go beyond margaritas on Cinco de Mayo and celebrate the vibrant culture of Latino Philadelphia during Philadelphia Mexican Week, Sunday, April 28 to Sunday, May 5.
All week long, a number of Philadelphia restaurants, museums and performing arts center are presenting Mexican music, film, dance and cuisine.
Presented by the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center, the festival celebrates Mexican heritage here in the City of Brotherly Love.
The festival begins with the Carnaval de Puebla in Pennsport which welcomes 350 dancers, a festive parade and Mexican food and craft vendors.
Following the Carnaval de Puebla on Sunday, Grammy Award-winning artist Lila Downes performs at the Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre at 7 p.m. The performance encompasses traditional Mexican music infused with jazz and blues, plus the Mexican Consulate will present Downes with a recognition award for her illustrious career. Tickets are available online. Use ticket code “mexicanweek” for 20% off!
Also in conjunction with the Mexican Week festival, the Franklin Institute hosts an interactive showing of Flight of the Butterflies in its IMAX Theater. Guests are brought on a vivid journey of the monarch butterfly’s migration to the mountains of Mexico. Film showings run through the summer, for listings, check here.
On April 30, May 1 and 2, take in Mexican movie nights hosted by Drexel University at 6 p.m. in the Papadakis Integrated Science Building. See the story of a 70-year-old man who decides to go to college in El Estudiante on April 30, romantic comedy Cilantro y Perejil May 1 and biopic about painter Frida Kahlo, Frida: Naturaleza Viva, May 2. For more on the films, check here.
From May 1 to 5, El Rey, Tequilas, Las Bugambilias and Xilantro in Wayne host Mexican restaurant week menus with special deals and a recipe booklet for attendees.
The festivities end with a celebration at the Penn Museum’s Warden Garden on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No need to fear if you get a little hungry — coffee and pastries will be plentiful.
For even more on the arts and culture, dining and nightlife of Latino Philadelphia, check out Philly Te Ama.
Philadelphia Mexican Week
When: April 28-May 5
Where: Various locations
More info: www.mexicanculturalcenter.org