Oakland has historically been one of the most diverse cities in America. Regardless of the holiday or tradition being recognized, chances are you’ll be able to find a worth celebration. As we head to another Cinco de Mayo, and recognize the heroics of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla, here are a few events worthy of exploring this holiday weekend.
Oakland Fiesta Sin Fronteras is a two-day cultural event centered around the Cinco de Mayo holiday that celebrates the city’s many connections to Latin America and the immigrant cultures that keep those connections alive. The event bridges two neighborhoods with festivities, On Friday 5/5 from 5 to 9PM a neighborhood walk from the Oakland Art Murmur all the way to Jack London waterfront featuring music, art, salsa dancing and more. On Saturday 5/6 from 11am to 4pm the festivities continue in the Fruitvale at the Transit Village featuring mariachis, aztec dancers and authentic Latin American cuisine. Oakland Indie Alliance and Oakland Food Truck Association will also be hosting a “Dining for Justice” fundraising event on Friday 5/5. More than 30 Oakland restaurants, bars and mobile food vendors will offer food and beverage specials with a portion of the proceeds supporting Centro Legal de la Raza and other immigrant-services organizations. The event bridges together city leaders, art & entertainment groups, community groups and local businesses and is truly a reflection of Oakland’s passion and love for our immigrant community that makes us great.
Piedmont Language School’s Cinco De Mayo Celebration– (May 4th) Festival goers will enjoy everything from an all-you-can-eat taco truck and live entertainment to crafts and games for the kids. Adult and child tickets can be purchased individually, and a discounted family ticket is also offered.
“Immigrants Make America Great” Art Installation- (May 5th-8th) This public art expression on the walls of the Rotunda Building in Kahn’s Alley near City Hall Plaza. The community will be encouraged to express their Love and Support of Immigrants on a post it note that will be displayed collectively. Decorated recycled coffee cans will be set outside and filled with Post-it notes and markers.
Cinco de Mayo at Seawolf– (May 5th) Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at one of Oakland’s newest neighborhood bars, Seawolf Public House! They are serving up $2 tacos, $5 margaritas and $5 shots of tequila when you order any Mexican beer!
Oakland First Fridays– (May 5th) First Fridays are always special in Oakland. Before beginning your walk towards Jack London Square, make sure to spend some time in KONO and enjoy the always festive atmosphere.
Aztec Run around Lake Merritt– (May 6th) Support the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation in their aim to help East Bay families improve their lives, embrace their heritage, and develop as community leaders by providing educational enrichment services and promoting civic responsibility.
“Machete Viewing”– (May 6th) The New Parkway Theater in Uptown will be showing “Machete” on their big screen. A 2010 American action film by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, it’s a perfect late night flick to cap a fun-filled day. Enjoy pizza and beer in the New Parkway’s cozy setting.
Come out to Oakland and take part in the festivities. For more info, go to: www.visitoakland.com