Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration returns to Heavenly Friday |

Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration returns to Heavenly Friday

Adam Jensen
Mexican dancers
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If you go

What: Cinco de Mayo Festival

When: 5 p.m. Friday, May 6

Where: Heavenly Mountain Resort California Lodge

Tickets: $25 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, free for those under 6

Info: 530-542-0740

If you weren’t able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5, there’s no need to fear. South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center will hold its 13th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Friday, May 6, to allow everyone to get into the fun.

The festival starts at 5 p.m. at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Lodge. Dinner takes place from 5-8 p.m. and dancing runs from 8-10 p.m.

An authentic all-you-can-eat buffet will be provided by Los Mexicanos, Tacos Por Favor Catering, Jalisco Grill and Taqueria Jalisco. Ballet folklórico dancers, as well as a mariachi band and DJ, will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

“It’s a family event — a fun event,” said Bill Martinez, executive director of the Family Resource Center, on Wednesday.

A bounce house and face painting will be available for kids at the event, which is a significant part of the Family Resource Center’s annual calendar.

“It’s the biggest fundraiser the family resource center has all year,” Martinez said.

The nonprofit organization provides basic needs services, educational opportunities, family advocacy and bilingual counseling for children and adults, as well as mental health services to Latino and low-income communities at the South Shore.

A raffle and silent auction will also take place at Friday’s celebration. Prizes include stays in condominiums in Maui and on the Mendocino Coast, as well as a gas barbecue.

A $5 tequila tasting will be available to those 21 years old and older, Martinez said.

Cinco de Mayo is a commemoration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Heavenly’s California Lodge is located at 3860 Saddle Road.

More information on Friday’s festival is available at or by calling 530-542-0740.

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