West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District

Cinco de Mayo Week in SW Detroit Celebrates Art, Culture & Local Entrepreneurs, May 1-5

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Date(s) - 05/01/2019 - 05/05/2019
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Southwest Detroit Business Association


The cultural and community celebration features dining deals, sales and promotions, special events, family-friendly festivals, giveaways and more

The West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District (BID) is once again proud to present “Cinco de Mayo Week” in Southwest Detroit, beginning Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5. “Cinco de Mayo Week” is supported by the Southwest Detroit Business Association and its business membership.

The week’s festivities feature – discounts and promotions by area businesses, special events, family-friendly festivals and activities, fun giveaways and more – that are intended to raise awareness about one of the city’s most culturally diverse communities.

    • May 1 – 5: Murals & Art Installations Tour
      • Take a Selfie, Use #CincoSWDet and Enter to Win Gift Certificates
    • Thur., May 2: Dulce (Sweet) Thursday
      • A chance to learn more about and enjoy authentic Mexican baked goods, sweet desserts and delicious treats
    • Fri., May 3: Mexican Restaurant Taco Tour & Bar Crawl 
    • Sat., May 4: “Shop Our Block” Saturday 
      • Customer promotions, sales and discounts at area retailers, merchants and specialty shops; hours vary by participating businesses
    • Sun., May 5: The 55th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade presented by the Mexican Patriotic Committee, other Family-Friendly festivals and events

For a list of member businesses in the Southwest Detroit area, please click on the association links below.

Events Details:

May 1 – 5: Mural & Art Installations Tour

#CincoSWDet Enters You To Win!
Beginning Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5, 2019, individuals who take a selfie in front of any of the community murals and/or public art identified in the list below, and post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #CincoSWDet, will get their name entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to a local business, including specialty retailers, merchants and stores. A minimum of a total of 20 winners will be drawn on Tuesday, May 7, following the conclusion of “Cinco de Mayo Week” in Southwest Detroit. Participants can enter more than once, but are limited to one entry per community mural and public art location.

Thur., May 2: Dulce (Sweet) Thursday
More details coming soon!

Fri., May 3: #CincoSWDet Taco Tour and Bar Crawl
On Friday, May 3, “Cinco de Mayo Week” adults (21+) are encouraged to take a Taco Tour & Bar Crawl featuring a number of authentic Mexican restaurants and taquerias.

A Taco Tour & Bar Crawl featuring authentic Southwest Detroit Mexican will start to round out the weekend’s festivities for “Cinco de Mayo Week.” On Friday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to Midnight, participants who follow one of the four suggested restaurant and taqueria tours can order from a large variety of authentic tacos.

ENTER TO WIN: Participants who post a selfie while visiting a participating restaurant on a tour to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CincoSWDet will be entered to win gift certificates to area restaurants. That’s right! You get a chance to win gift certificates for delicious food. Nearly 50 gift certificates were given away to 2018 event participants. 

In addition to tacos, participants also can enjoy signature drinks, specialty margaritas and imported Mexican beers. There is no cost to participate in the tour.

Please find four suggested tour routes below with different Mexican restaurants identified within each route. Since this is a self-guided tour, YOU get to decide how few or how many authentic Mexican restaurants you want to visit along your route. For your convenience, you also can start and stop where you choose.

NOTE: There is absolutely NO COST TO PARTICIPATE. The only rule – have fun and enjoy the food and beverages. Each participant is responsible for all costs associated with their food and beverage orders.



Sat., May 4: Shop Our Block Saturday
On Saturday, May 4, the focus will be on the great savings and deals that can be found while shopping among the hundreds of participating local merchants, including mercados, bakeries, meat markets, retailers and specialty stores. From freshly made tortillas and specialty cuts of seasoned meats to hand sewn dresses and high-quality, brand-name furniture, the Shop Our Block Saturday focus will be on the great shopping options available in Southwest Detroit.

Sun., May 5: The 55th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade presented by the Mexican Patriotic Committee, Family-friendly Festivals and Events

More details coming soon!