24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks
Region: South of Market
Although Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday (in Mexico or in the U.S.), we’ve been celebrating the cultural contributions and history of Latinos on May 5 in California since the 1860s. Here are the top events to celebrate. For the traditional, check out the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Dolores Park on May 4 (sfcincodemayo.com, free). Festivities include a Zumba-thon dance class, música bailable by the Mission District youth, mariachi and ranchera music, dancing, artistry, and of course, lots of tasty Mexican food. If, like most San Francisco holidays, what you’re looking for is an excuse to drink, a Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl awaits you May 5 in the Marina (crawlsf.com, $5-$20), starting at Eye Heart SF Pop Down Shop. Those interested in the historical aspects of the day and the Latino influence of the Mission ’hood should check out the Mission Dolores Walking Tour (sfcityguides.org, free). For those interested in the American melting pot experience, head on over to AT&T Park for the Pre-Game Cinco de Mayo Fiesta before Los Gigantes take on the L.A. Dodgers. The free fiesta offers family-friendly fun, food, cultural entertainment, Coronas, margaritas, and the chance to win a Sergio Romo gnome. Root for the home team and for S.F.’s Latino roots.
Sun., May 5, 2013