Forget that cheesy bar offering 2-for-1 margaritas. For a more authentic way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, head on over to one of Los Angeles' oldest calles, Olvera Street, which is hosting a weekend celebration to honor Mexico's 1862 victory over French forces in Puebla. At the marketplace's 84th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, the colorful street will be packed with activities, vendors and performances. Two stages will feature a mix of traditional and urban music acts, including mariachis, DJs and folkloric dancers. There will be plenty of cafes, restaurants and food trucks to feed your appetite, and if you're not down to dance, check out the Artisans Village and browse museums, art and vendor stands for gifts. A Kids Zone is available with free games and entertainment. While the festival promises to be a fun celebration, it also serves to promote Latino culture, arts and education, with part of the proceeds earmarked for the El Pueblo Park Association. So whether you come for the philanthropy or the festivities, you're bound to get a taste of the beautifully rich Mexican culture. Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda St., dwntwn.; Sat.-Mon., May 3-5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; free. (213) 485-8372, olvera-street.com.
Sat., May 3, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., May 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon., May 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 2014
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