Cinco de Mayo

May is a good time to land at Denver Int’l Airport

Sadly, the 250-ft tall Red Eye Ferris wheel announced by Denver International Airport (DEN) on April 1 was just an April’s Fools joke.

But there are plenty of real events coming to the airport during May that travelers will enjoy.

May The Fourth Be With You

Like some other airports around the country, Denver International Airport has a good time on Star Wars Day – May 4th.

This year they’ll do it again. On Thursday, May 4 characters from the Star Wars movies will be parading in the Jeppesen Terminal and all the concourses between 10:30 am and 1 pm.

Travelers will be able to get their pictures taken with Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mandalorian, and a Stormtrooper.

On Friday, May 5, DEN Airport will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a performance by the Baila Conmigo Dance Group in the Jeppesen Terminal Great Hall and in the concourses between 10 am and 1 pm.

National Paper Airplane Day 

And on Friday, May 26th between 9 am and noon, Denver International Airport will be celebrating National Paper Airplane Day.

From 9 am until noon a traveling craft station will visit the concourses at DEN with a supply of origami paper and offer tutorials on how to fold the perfect paper airplane.

See the list of these and other events at Denver International Airport here.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at O’Hare; Kentucky Derby at CVG and Louisville

Courtesy New York Public Library, via Flickr Commons

Travelers passing through Chicago’s O’Hare Airport get to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early.

Today, Thursday, starting at 3:30 between the H and K concourses near Tortas Frontera, there will be a live mariachi band, a flair bartender giving margarita demos and tastings, giveaways and a musical dance performance. All courtesy HMSHost.

And from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the folks from Seven Oaks Farm will be bringing by their miniature-therapy horses decked out in Derby attire, because this weekend is the 143rd Kentucky Derby.  Can’t wait to see what they’ll be wearing!



And to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, on Thursday and Friday at Louisville International Airport arriving passengers will be welcomed by live music and greeters offering complimentary Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls in the terminal’s airside rotunda.

A bugler’s “Call to the Post,” which usually signals the arrival of horses on the racetrack for their race, announces the arrival of bags at baggage claim carousel.

And, for those who may be leaving Louisville with souvenir bottles of bourbon and Derby glasses in their checked luggage, the airport ambassadors will have complimentary bubble-wrap packing stations set up near  the airline ticket counters on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 4 a.m.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the airport

On Thursday, May 3, 2012 between 10:30am – 12:30pm, San Diego International Airport (SAN) will host a Cinco de Mayo performance by Ballet Folklórico de Chula Vista in the Terminal 2 West baggage claim area.

The show is part of the airport’s ongoing performing arts series.

Cinco de Mayo is also being noted at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The Food & Shops
in the Central Terminal will be offering some special deals on food and drinks.

Participating outlets include MexiJoe’s Grill, in the center food court, Figs and Jet Rock.

Know of other airports celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Let me know.

Cinco de Mayo at San Diego International Airport

If you’re traveling to or through San Diego International Airport on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., head over to the Terminal 2 West baggage claim area to catch the Cinco de Mayo performance by Ballet Folklórico de Chula Vista.


“Dressed in authentic and colorful costumes of varying regions, the young dance troupe will present traditional folk dances of Mexico. This performance serves to commemorate the historic Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862, at Puebla, Mexico.”

Cinco de Mayo at San Diego International Airport

Today, Wednesday May 5, 2010, Ballet Folklórico de Chula Vista will perform traditional dances of Mexico in the Terminal 2 West baggage claim area of San Diego International Airport. The performance will take place between 11 am and 1 pm and commemorate the historic Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862, at Puebla, Mexico.

The performance is part of the San Diego Airport’s impressive performing arts series, ã brève, which presents as many as three events a month.