How to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in West Virginia

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army defeating the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. This important day is a time for West Virginians to celebrate their Mexican ancestry and for everyone to celebrate the beautiful Mexican culture. Decorating your home, enjoying Latin music and cooking traditional foods are just a few ways to get involved at home. Most importantly, take time to learn about the culture, be respectful of traditions and appreciate this historic day.

There are many festivities happening around the state in honor of Cinco de Mayo and ways to celebrate Mexican culture on a local level. Here are some fun celebrations taking place in West Virginia on Cinco de Mayo:


Kick off Cinco de Mayo in Charleston by stopping by the Downtown Streetfest. Here you can enjoy live music, food and drinks; kids’ activities; and much more fun. If you’re looking for something a little more lowkey, try one of Charleston’s incredible local Mexican restaurants like Black Sheep Burritos & Brews, Plaza Maya, Las Trancas, Los Agaves and Mi Cocina de Amor. All are the perfect place to enjoy delicious food and the incredible spring weather.


Hit the town in Huntington and head to Black Sheep Burritos and Brews for incredible food and even better live music. Try the shrimp tacos, pulled pork tacos, salsa trio and don’t forget about the blackberry thyme margaritas ! There’s not much better than live music and Mexican food on a nice sunny day. Or you can try nearby Mexican restaurants like El Ranchito, Margaritas Mexican Bar and Grille or Gringos and Botanas for fun Cinco de Mayo experiences.


For incredible views, live music, Mexican fusion fare and cold brews, visit the Burrito Bar in Lansing for a truly one-of-a-kind Cinco de Mayo experience. While you’re there, try the BBQ pork tacos, flank steak tacos, jalapeno meltdown, chips and salsa and pair them with a unique local craft beer. The Burrito Bar is the perfect place to kick this summer off right!


Wheeling is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo. First, participate in the Tour de Taco for a two-hour social ride for all bike riders. This ride also includes yummy tacos, craft beers and a casual ride through beautiful Wheeling. Even better, the proceeds of this ride go to benefit Bike Wheeling, a 5013c non-profit organization that focuses on advocacy, education and community building. Next, head to Tacoholix for tacos, cervezas, house-made beer-ritas and micheladas. Yum!


Head to Morgantown to keep the Cinco de Mayo celebration going. Stop by the Handcrafted Cooperative on Spruce Street, which offers a seasonal retail market dedicated to handmade items created by the most talented independent makers in the Morgantown area. On Cinco de Mayo, they will be serving delicious tacos from Garcia’s Grill at the Cue. Try the bean and cheese tacos, chorizo and potato tacos, chips and queso. You can also head to Morgantown favorites like Black Bear Burritos or Los Mariachis where you’ll find a good time, margs and an endless supply of chips and salsa or queso if you prefer.

How are you spending this Cinco de Mayo?

This post was last updated on March 17, 2022