Weekend Picks: Cinco de Mayo Festivals, Urban Dance and Hip Hop in the Park

May 3, 2018

From San Francisco to Sacramento, celebrate an assortment of Cinco de Mayo fiestas this weekend! There are plenty of events marking the 155th anniversary of the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Or, enjoy a day of hip hop culture and music in Berkeley. There’s always something to get excited about along the Capitol Corridor!

Cinco de Mayo Festival: 5/6, San Francisco

Happening: 10am – 6pm
Get ready to get your party on in San Francisco’s Mission District at the 14th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. The celebration will showcase the very best of Mexican and Latin American cultures with a diverse array of foods, music, dance, and artistry for the entire family to enjoy. This year, the free all-day family-friendly block party will have a Kids’ Zone with activities for children including games, jumpers, gymnastics/motion activities, art, and special guests for entertainment. More than 60 vendors are expected to participate providing diverse foods, as well as arts and crafts. Enjoy Mariachi, Salsa, Latin Rock, and the melodic voices of Coro Solera perform throughout the day on two stages located on the corner of Valencia and 21st Street. More than 8,000 attendees are expected to attend, so get there early!

Getting there: Depending on your station of origin, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville to one of our San Francisco stops, or connect to BART and ride to the 24th Street station, which is a short stroll from the festival.

Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival: 5/5, Oakland

Happening: 12pm – 7pm
Come join the fun and watch some of the best dancing on the beautiful Oakland waterfront at the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Jack London Square. There will be live Latin performances and entertainment, including Traditional Folklorico dancing from Ballet Folklorico, Quebradita dancing from Allstar Dancers, Banda music from Codigo 30-30, and dancing horses from Rancho Uva Blank. The festival will also feature Oakland-based Turfing Competitions, hosted by Chuy Gomez, Randy McPhly and Johhny5. A separate street dance competition for poppin, bboy, vogue, krumping, turfin, waacking, and boogaloo will be open to the public. Additional offerings include live music from DJ NiQ, Freddy Flowpez; Chicano Lowrider Cars; BMX stunts; prize giveaways; and local vendors and eats.

Getting there: Take the train to the Oakland Jack London Square Station, which is just steps from the waterfront.

Fiesta en La Calle Cinco de Mayo Festival: 5/6, Sacramento

Happening: 11am – 6pm
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and head over to the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Sacramento area at Fiesta en La Calle Cinco de Mayo Festival this Sunday. Held at Southside Park, the event will be an exuberant celebration of Latino culture, food, and music, aimed at bringing together the community. There will be Latin entertainment Samba, Aztec, and Salsa dancers, Ballet Folklorico, and DJ Omar. Other performers will include Funky Latin Orchestra, Latin/urban performers Rey y Kaye, the War/Lowrider tribute band, Cisco Kid, the Cuban Son, and the Don Gato Latin Band playing Salsa and Cha Cha. Not into music and dance? You can check out the car and bike show while indulging in delicious food and drinks.

Getting there: Take the Capitol Corridor train to the Sacramento Station, which is a little over a mile to Southside Park. From there, you can walk, take a cab, Uber or Lyft, or hop on the SacRT Gold Line with a free Transit Transfer to Southside Park.

Hip Hop at Cal in People’s Park: 5/5, Berkeley

Happening: 12pm – 5pm
Celebrate Hip Hop music and culture at the 22nd Annual Berkeley Hip Hop in the Park this weekend. Enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at this annual event run by UC Berkeley’s “Students for Hip Hop.” Taking place in Berkeley’s iconic People’s Park, the festival will feature local and visiting artists on the main stage  a b-boys and b-girls dance cypher  plus local graffiti artists creating live pieces. Food trucks, vendors, and a children’s tent will also be available. Join the celebration of the longest running Hip Hop concert in Northern California!

Getting there: Take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Downtown Berkeley stop, which is less than a mile to the festival.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo courtesy Katia Fuentes