Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo Richmond-style? Save the date and plan to attend the ¿Que Pasa? Festival of Virginia at historic Canal Walk on May 5 from 11 AM to 7 PM. Presented by The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and various sponsors, the festival aims to bring Latin culture to Downtown Richmond’s Shockoe Design District.
As Richmond honors the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, lovers of Latin American heritage worldwide are observing the same anniversary of Cindo de Mayo. The holiday celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Throughout the US, it is a day honoring pride in Latin American heritage. Canal Walk will be transformed to resemble the famous Floating Gardens of Xochilmilco. Visitors can take free boat rides, enjoy Latin American food, art, music and entertainment. There will be Zumba and Capoeira presentations, as well as performances by the Latin Ballet of Virginia, live band Agrupacion Masalla, salsa band Ban Caribe and the Miss Hispanidad Talent and Fashion Show.
Parking is available for a small fee at many parking decks near Canal Walk, and free on streets where indicated. Check the Historic Richmond Inns website to determine if your favorite bed & breakfast still has availability, and plan a relaxing stay with premium accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, unprecedented access to local culture and nightlife and our signature Southern Hospitality while you enjoy the ¿Que Pasa? Festival.