Cinco de Mayo in the Bay Area provides a combination of family-friendly cultural events, gourmet food and huge parties. In 2019, these Cinco de Mayo celebrations are happening during an exciting weekend that will also see the first ever Bay Bridge Half, the How Weird Street Faire, Sunday Streets in the Bayview, DocLands, the Bay Area Book Festival, and Mountain View A La Carte & Art.
So, while you’re experiencing all the fun and entertainment the Bay Area has to offer, make a stop at SF Cinco De Mayo, the Aztec Run or any of the other exciting events on our guide. Enjoy!
Family-friendly events | Events for adults 21+
May 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Valencia Street
Produced by Mission Neighborhood Centers, the annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival is a family-friendly celebration in the Mission District. Offering a diverse array of Mexican and Latino foods, live music performances, dance and artistry, fun is guaranteed for all ages! And all the rich cultural experiences and activities are focused on retaining cultural traditions in our community.
May 4, 12 – 7 p.m. | Jack London Square
Oakland’s Cinco de Mayo Festival is returning to Jack London Square on May 4th with Folklorico dancing, traditional Aztec dancing from In Lak’ech Danza Azteca, lowrider cars, dancing horses, wrestling, performances by local students, family-friendly activities, and vendors from Mercado Latinx. This festival is free to attend and open to the public. For event updates, RSVP to the event on Facebook here.
May 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Lake Merritt
Benefitting the educational programs of the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation, this race takes runners around the beautiful Lake Merritt, one of the oldest and most historic courses in Northern California. You can get updates when you RSVP to the Facebook event and register online here.
May 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | SoMa StrEat Food Park
Photo courtesy of SoMa StrEat Food Park
If anyone knows how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, it’s SoMa StrEat Food Park. Lucha Libre Taco-Con is returning with tacos from local Bay Area vendors, a spectacular Mexican wrestling showdown, agua fresca cervezas, agave-wine margaritas and classic micheladas. All ages and dogs are welcome, rain or shine! To purchase your tickets in advance, click here.
May 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | The Cooking School at Cavallo Point
The Cooking School at Cavallo Point is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an educational taco fiesta. The hands-on class will cover how to make homemade tortillas as well as an array of fillings, salsas and toppings to satisfy all your cravings. For $90 per person, you can register online here. And please note the minimum age is 15 years.
May 5, 7:30 p.m. | Davies Symphony Hall
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, world-renowned ensemble Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is making their Davies Symphony Hall debut. Founded in 1898, the ensemble has thrived through five generations and will bring fantastic and fun sounds to San Francisco on May 5th. You can purchase your tickets online here.
Events for adults 21+
May 3, 5:30 – 8 p.m. | Hotel VIA
On the Hotel VIA rooftop on Friday, May 3rd, guests can experience the magic of agave with flights and tastings of tequilas and mezcals presented by industry experts. Additionally, guests can enjoy samples of classic tequila cocktails from the demonstration bar, live music and even live artwork done on-site by an Oakland artist. To get tickets, click here.
May 3 + 4, various times | Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco’s first annual Cinco de Mayo Latinx Comedy Weekend Bash is coming to the Palace of Fine Arts for two nights this May! The pop-up comedy show will feature Latinx regulars from Cobb’s Comedy Club, Punch Line and SF Sketchfest alongside a mobile bar with beer and drink specials. For more information and tickets, click here.
May 4 + 5, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | King Street Event Center
This two-day party will offer guests all-day music from local DJs, a full eight-piece mariachi band, salsa dance lessons, lawn games, a photo booth with props, taco flights, and pours of tequila and cerveza. For details and tickets, click here.
May 4, 1 – 8 p.m. | Trek Wine
Trek Wine is celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Novato with a neighborhood beer festival. Cinco de Micro Brewfest will feature 20 craft beers and a full day of live music. For event updates, check out the Facebook event here.
May 4, 9:30 p.m. – May 5, 12:30 a.m. | Pier 40
This yacht cruise comes complete with unlimited gourmet tacos and dessert, churros, live Latin music, scenic views of the San Francisco Bay, and even more attractions and party favors on board. For more details and tickets, click here.
May 5, 1 – 7 p.m. | King Street Event Center
This daytime Cinco de Mayo party invites guests to dance all day long in two different dance areas complete with live DJs and different featured genres. For more details and tickets, click here.
May 5, 2 – 8 p.m. | Bond Bar
Hosted by Latin City, this event is completely free to attend! And DJ Erick Dembow will be playing the best of Timba, Salsa, Soca, Reggaeton, Cubaton, Bachata, Dancehall and Merengue so you can dance all day. For event updates, check out the Facebook event here, and RSVP online here.
May 5, 2 – 8 p.m. | Mayes Oyster House
This annual pub crawl invites hundreds of crawlers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at some of San Francisco’s most exciting bars. Check-in begins at 2 p.m. at Mayes Oyster House and the fun continues from there with cheap drinks and tons of festive fun.
May 5, 3 – 6 p.m. | Jack London Square
This three-hour, premiere cruise will travel all the way under the Bay Bridge to McCovey Cove in San Francisco. Along the way, guests can enjoy live Latin music, gourmet tacos, two fully stocked bars, and two levels of entertainment and fun. For more details and tickets, click here.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!