It’s possible to have a Cinco de Mayo bash outside of a bar in Sacramento. You just need to know where to look.
What began as a celebration of the Mexican Army's victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, has since morphed into a party primarily observed in the U.S. where tequila flows as freely as whiskey does on St. Patrick’s Day. Several bars and restaurants — both local and chains — are offering discounts on margaritas, tacos and guacamole all weekend long.
For those interested in something more than a "Cinco de Drinko" sort of celebration this weekend, check out these options around the Sacramento area.
23800 State Highway 16 in Capay, 4 - 10 p.m., May 5, $20 in advance or $25 at the door for adults
Never been to or even heard of Capay? You’d be hard-pressed to find a better time to check out the Yolo County town of a few hundred people.
The festival’s entry fee, which trims down to $50 for groups of four adults and is free for children younger than 13, pays for local honey and olive oil tasting, tractor rides, piñata bashing, pick-up soccer games, arts and crafts, a farm-style photo both and live music.
More amenities like food and drinks, as well as overnight camping at the farm, are available for additional purchase. Sponsored by Farm Fresh to You produce delivery system, the event’s proceeds benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture.
2115 Sixth St. in Sacramento, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., May 6, free
This all-day music festival takes over Southside Park the Sunday after Cinco De Mayo. Three of the four musical acts advertised — Maya, Sugar High, Don Gato — are local, while solo performer De’Anza rose to relative prominence in Los Angeles.
Fiesta En La Calle’s outdoor celebration will feature a car and motorcycle show as well as folkloric Mexican ballet, Aztec dancing and samba and salsa hip-shakers. No pets or outside food or drink are allowed at the festival.
112 Pacific St. in Roseville, noon - 2 a.m., May 5 - May 6, $10
It's a bar, yes. But The Union’s Cinco De Mayo plans go beyond dollar-off Coronas.
Santana tribute band Sacred Fire, Thunder Cover, Rock & Rhyme and three DJs are booked to play at the 14-hour outdoor fiesta. Roseville-based caterer Pinche Tacos will serve their namesake dish as well as churros, micheladas and frozen margaritas.
The Tecate and Dos Equis-sponsored event is 21+.
2700 Front St. in Sacramento, 5 - 11 p.m., May 5, free but donations accepted
At least 18 local Latin American artists will showcase their work at the Latino Center of Arts and Culture on Saturday night. Exhibits in La Lucha De Hoy — Spanish for "the fight of today" — will focus on the struggle for basic human rights across the Americas and love in the face of oppression, according to the event’s website.
La Lucha De Hoy is put on by Love is a Verb, a grassroots Latin American artist support group, in collaboration with the Latino Center for Arts and Culture. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel