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Cinco de Mayo festivities near San Jose


May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) in 1862, marks a “David and Goliath” true story of the victory of the Mexicans over the French army, called the “Battle of La Puebla”, during the French invasion, resulting in a sense of national unity and patriotism for the Mexicans.

Days after the victory, the Mexican president, declared that day a national holiday and the first celebrations in the United States began with the Mexicans and Latinos in California in the 1860’s and later expanded across the country.

Today, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture, where the festivities will showcase the cuisine, culture and music of Mexico.

Now that we have a better idea of the significance of Cinco de Mayo, we will more fully appreciate our experience when going to a celebration nearby.

The handful of Cinco de Mayo celebratory events this weekend throughout the Bay Area promises a colorful display of the rich Mexican culture, cuisine, dance and music.

Cinco De Mayo Celebrations

Expected attendance is 4,000 and will showcase live music and performances from local and regional music and dancing groups.

Where: Discovery Meadows Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA
When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 12 to 6 p.m.

  • At Vida Sales Gallery

Attendees will enjoy fresh margaritas by local mixologists, appetizers and live guitar music, as well as the sales gallery.

Where: Vida, 2540 Mission St., San Francisco
When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Contact: 415-282-8432

Run along Guadalupe River Trail through Downtown San Jose. A fiesta will be at the end of the run for all to enjoy. The race benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Where: Arena Green, at North Autumn and West Santa Clara Streets, San Jose
When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • SAN FRANCISCO Cinco De Mayo 2014

Family-friendly and alcohol-free, this celebration is expecting to see over 5,000 people with featured acivities being Aztec dancers, Mexican folk dancers, mariachi music, Latin Jazz, salsa, Kids Zone and much more.

Where: Mission District, Valencia Street (21st to 24th Streets), San Francisco
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, all day

  • San Francisco: Taco Festival and Pinata Party

Featuring pinatas, DJs, live mariachi music, beer, Sangria, Margaritas and tacos plus at least ten food trucks.

Where: Valencia Street, from 21st to 24th Streets, San Francisco
When: May 3 to 5, 2014, all day
Cost: Free

  • San Francisco: Outdoor Patio & World DJs

This is an outdoor waterfront patio party overlooking the Bay with DJs and dancing. Must RSVP.

Where: La Mar Cebicheria, Pier 1.5 Embarcadero, San Francisco
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 1 to 7:30 p.m
Cost: Free before 2;30 p.m. All day entry fee is $10, must be 21 or older

  • San Francisco: Sandy Cuadra Cinco de Mayo Show n’ Shine

This is Lowrider Car Show with cars, food, DJs. See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles and exhibits.

Where: John O’Connell High School, 235 Mission Street, San Francisco
When: May 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free and donations are welcome.

  • San Francisco: Cinco de Mayo Dance Performances & Mural Walking Tour

Experience live dance performances and tours of five mural sites. Tours depart from Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center at 2981 24th Street at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Where: Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
When: May 4, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

  • San Francisco: Quatro de Mayo Day Party

Free event with Mariachis & Margaritas.
Where: Novela, 662 Mission Street, San Francisco
When: May 4, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

  • In San Jose: Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fair

3-Day Mexican fair at El Jardin in Santana Row featuring live Mariachi and Salsa music, Salsa and Folk Dance, drink specials

Where: El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant, 368 Santana Row, San Jose
When: Saturday to Monday, May 3 to 5, 2014 from 12 to 10 p.m.

  • In Palo Alto Cinco de Mayo 2014

Parade and fair with children's activities, music and dance performances, food trucks, children’s activities, music and dance performances, food trucks, and lots more, parade in Downtown Palo Alto.

Where: Heritage Park, 300 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto
When: May 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

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