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Cinco great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Saturday

Bring on the margaritas, music, and Mexican celebration for one of San Francisco’s favorite holidays.

Cinco de Mayo Festival, 2011

1. Cinco de Mayo Festival, Dolores Park: The city’s eighth Cinco de Mayo Festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will showcase Mexican and Latino culture with music and dance performances as well as fine artistry. We can’t wait for the Zumba-thon exercise class, mariachi music, and tamales by La Cocina.

2. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Bay Area Discovery Museum: This family-friendly celebration has something for everyone—crafts for children, dance performances, great food, and a little history about the holiday. Doors open at 10 a.m. Ole!

3. The pub crawls: The Marina’s Bar None is kicking off a six-bar pub crawl at 9 p.m., featuring drink specials on margaritas, tequila, and Dos Equis. Buy tickets early and you can get sombreros and Cinco de Mayo T-shirts, just in case you forget what holiday you’re drinking for.

Or, head to North Beach to get your cerveza (and costume!) on at Crossroads’ Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl. Get deals on sangria, enjoy a mariachi band, and check out the after-party at Maggie McGarry’s. The six-pub crawl starts at North Star at 2 p.m.  

4. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant: One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, six! This year, Tommy’s has vendors bringing in six brands of tequila, in addition to a T-shirt giveaway and shot glass necklaces—everything you need for an all-out fiesta. BYOSombrero. 

5. Tacolicious’s Hecho en SF Cinco de Mayo benefit: If the beautiful weather is making you feel charitable, stop by this fundraiser in the Ferry Building for some delicious Mexican food and drink. All proceeds will be donated to CUESA (Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture) and La Cocina. Who knew eating a taco could feel as good as it tastes? 

And if you’re in the mood to party early, consider booking an on-demand mariachi fiesta from Uber San Francisco on May 4$100 buys you a mariachi-band serenade delivered to the location of your choice, a bottle of Tres Agaves margarita mix, and (of course) a piñata to get in the cinco spirit.  

Alyssa Jaffer is an editorial intern at San Francisco magazine. Email her at