Celebrating Goliad's Hispanic Heritage
Updated: Sep 5, 2022
As one of the oldest Spanish colonial communities in Texas, Goliad’s Hispanic heritage is celebrated and on display all year long! From missions and monuments to festivals and food, there is much to see, do and taste.
Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site
Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza was born in Goliad in 1829. Remembered for his commandment of forces that resisted the French Army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, General Zaragoza is honored in Goliad with an official historical site at his place of birth. Visitors can enjoy a reconstruction of his home, as well as an amphitheater and 10’ bronze statue that was donated by the people of Puebla, Mexico.
Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Did you know that General Zaragoza is the real hero behind the famed Cinco de Mayo holiday? This annual celebration is not in honor of Mexico’s independence, as often thought, but is recognizes the late General and his men’s valiant work in preventing a French invasion into Mexico. Goliad has been honoring the occasion for over 75 years with the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, hosted by the General Zaragoza Society! Taking place annually the first weekend in May, visitors can enjoy a truly entertaining weekend for the entire family. Events include live music from award-winning Tejano artists, an IBCA-sanctioned BBQ contest, charity motorcycle ride, Folklorico dancers, arts & crafts and more!
Sips and Eats
If Tex-Mex cuisine is your thing, you’ll find a belly-full in Goliad! Stop by Empresario Restaurant and give the Green Island Enchiladas a try. If you’re looking for a spicy lunch bite, you simply cannot go wrong with Blue Quail Deli’s award-winning Creamy Jalapeno Soup. And for those of you brave enough to throw back the strong stuff, find a seat at Mustang Cantina’s bar and take your pick of tequila…neat and chilled or served up frothy or frozen in a delicious margarita!
Missions and Forts
Goliad’s existence is built around our beloved missions and forts. These historical sites are testaments to the hard work, faith and heritage of our community. From tours to exciting special events, Goliad’s guests can enjoy the architecture and beauty of both Mission Espíritu Santo State Historic Site and Presidio La Bahia year-round.
Experiencing the way of life of those that have come before us is a favorite pastime in Goliad. From historic battle reenactments to period villages that showcase the intricacies of daily life centuries ago, a visit to Goliad can offer a truly unforgettable experience. We invite guests to check your calendars and save the date for these annual living history events: Rio! Rio! in November and the Goliad Massacre and Living History Program in March. With much more fun to be had, these are a great place to get started!
Artifacts and Exhibits
From the Goliad State Historic Site to our museums and galleries,guests will enjoy viewing artifacts, art and more. It’s hard to go anywhere in Goliad and not find a link to the past!