11 Best Cinco de Mayo Team Building Activities

March 19, 2021

Updated April 15, 2024

Looking to infuse some festive spirit into your team building efforts? There’s so better time to celebrate than May 5th! Get ready to discover the best Cinco de Mayo team building activities that will inspire camaraderie, collaboration, and a whole lot of fun.

What are Cinco de Mayo Team Building Activities?

Cinco de Mayo offers a range of team building activities infused with Mexican culture. From cooking classes to Mexican cinema, there’s plenty to choose from. Cooking classes featuring traditional Mexican cuisine encourage teamwork, while a pinata challenge adds a playful twist. Testing knowledge with a cultural trivia quiz educates while fostering camaraderie. These activities provide enjoyable ways to bond as a team while celebrating Mexico’s rich heritage.

Cultural Appropriation vs. Celebrating Diversity

When observing Cinco de Mayo, it’s crucial to strike a balance between celebrating diversity and avoiding cultural appropriation. Genuine celebration involves understanding the holiday’s significance, supporting Mexican culture respectfully, and participating in activities that honor traditions. Conversely, cultural appropriation occurs when elements of Mexican culture are used without understanding or respect, leading to misrepresentation or stereotypes. To truly celebrate diversity on Cinco de Mayo, it’s essential to approach the festivities with mindfulness, respect, and a sincere appreciation for Mexican heritage. As you’re planning your Cinco de Mayo celebration, we encourage you and your team to learn more about the cultural significance of the holiday, as well as supporting local Mexican businesses. 

11 Best Cinco de Mayo Team Building Activities

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1. Get Hands-On with an Interactive Meal for Cinco de Mayo

The Interactive Meal is a unique group dining experiences that’s easier than a cocktail class and more exciting than just making a group dinner reservation. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink and snacks upon arrival, as they mix and mingle. Then, guests will make and shake their own Cinco de Mayo Margaritas while enjoying delightful appetizers. Next, they’ll sit down to savor a hearty entrée with a third beverage pairing, play Cinco de Mayo trivia for prizes, savor a specialty dessert and then conclude the meal with a special flavor finale. It’s a unique and fun way to connect with your group for Cinco de Mayo.

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In-Person Teams
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$190 Per Person

2. Craft Your Own Margaritas & Mexican Munchies

What’s better than a refreshing margarita on Cinco de Mayo? Begin by crafting a seasonal margarita with fresh citrus and seasonal syrup alongside an Award-Winning Mixologist. Then craft a fresh Mexican snack, like fresh jicama with tajin or elote bowls, with instructions from your Avital Emcee Host. Enjoy other festive snacks, like chips and gourmet salsas and Mexican chocolate, throughout this interactive foodie fiesta. The best part? The ingredients are delivered straight to your home, making it one of the best Cinco de Mayo virtual team building activities.

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Virtual or Hybrid Teams
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$225 Per Person

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3. Learn How to Make Mexican Culinary Classics Online

A Mexican chef will guide you through making some delicious Mexican salsas in this fun, festive event. You’re guaranteed to make some of the best salsas you’ve ever had — just add chips! Other online experiences like making Mexican street tacos, cooking with Aztec ingredients, or learning a family recipe for Puebla mole are great options, too. 

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Virtual Teams
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$31+ Per Person

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4. Eat Some Tacos While Watching Taco Chronicles

We love tacos, like a lot. And we’re assuming you and your team do too! Have everyone order tacos from their favorite local Mexican restaurant and learn the story behind different styles of tacos from all over Mexico while viewing Taco Chronicles. Bring extra tacos — this series may make you even more hungry.

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Virtual, Hybrid, or In-Person Teams
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Free + Cost of Tacos

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5. Go on a Virtual Tour of a Mexican Museum

To celebrate Mexican art, take a virtual tour of The Mexican Museum. Made easily available at home, scroll through beautiful paintings without having to leave your home. You can also take your team on a virtual tour of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. A trip to the museum is a peaceful, relaxing experience for groups who like to keep it more low key. 

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Virtual or Hybrid Teams
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Free

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6. Sip Some Amazing Mezcal

While tequila is often the star of show, mezcal (also made from agave) is spiking up in popularity. It’s just as tasty and traditional as tequila. Brush up on your mezcal knowledge, then host your team in the office or virtually. Hire a mezcal expert to walk you through each delicious variety.

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Virtual, Hybrid, or In-Person Teams
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Free

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7. Sweeten Up with a Mexican Chocolate Tasting

Chocolate has long been a part of Mexican culture, dating back to the Aztecs. Satisfy the sweettooths in your group with a chocolate tasting. Grab some bars of chocolate made in Mexico and discover the differences in flavor. Enjoying melt in your mouth chocolate is never a bad way to spend an evening together. If you have employees who are based in Mexico, they can get together, find a car rental in Mexico and go directly to the chocolate factories, museums, and tasting venues and make a road trip out of the whole thing.

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Virtual, Hybrid, or In-Person Teams
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Free

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8. Checkout the Mexican Cinema Scene

The Mexican film industry is prolific and has released some beautiful works of art. Film buffs will appreciate watching a movie from the “Golden Age of Mexican Cinema”, pre-dating WWII by a few years. Explore some of the best Mexican movies, host a watch party, and then guide a Q&A afterward. 

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Virtual, Hybrid, or In-Person Teams
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Free

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9. Learn Latin Dancing at Home

If you’re looking for a more unique type of Cinco de Mayo celebration, we guarantee your team hasn’t tried virtual Latin dance classes. Inspire movement with a variety of virtual Latin dance classes taught by an instructor from the comfort of your home. 

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Virtual Teams
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$19 Per Person

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10. Hire a Mariachi Band

Maybe you’re feeling music but not so much into dancing. We’re sure few margaritas will change that, however we get it — dancing isn’t for everyone, but music is! A classic mariachi band is available to bring the Cinco de Mayo spirit to your virtual event. It’s also a great way to support local Mexican musicians. 

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Virtual or Hybrid Teams
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Pricing Varies Per Band

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11. Sip & Paint Frida Kahlo

Celebrate this amazing Mexican artist by painting your own version of her iconic portrait. In this class, all materials are delivered and you’ll be led through the experience by a professional artist. There’s no experience necessary making it a great fit for all teams.

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Virtual or Hybrid Teams
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$89 Per Person

Final Thoughts on Cinco de Mayo Team Building Activities

In conclusion, Cinco de Mayo team building activities offer a fantastic opportunity to celebrate diversity, foster teamwork, and create lasting bonds within your team. Whether you’re shaking it on the dance floor or competing in a spirited cooking class, these activities provide engaging avenues for building stronger connections while honoring the vibrant heritage of Mexico. So, this Cinco de Mayo, spice up your team building efforts with these exciting and unforgettable experiences!