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Cinco De Mayo In San Francisco: Our Editors' Favorite Picks (PHOTOS)

By Posted: 05/ 2/2012 8:00 pm Updated: 05/ 3/2012 3:29 pm

Cinco De Mayo San Francisco 2012

Cinco de Mayo is not a real Mexican holiday, but that doesn't mean you can't drink tequila, chomp on tacos, and listen to mariachi while you pretend to know where and when the Battle of Puebla was.

Cinco de Mayo, like St. Patrick's Day, is just another way to celebrate the amazing diversity in this city (and have an excuse to drink).

San Francisco promises to provide all the entertainment necessary this Saturday: ballet folklorico dancers, mariachi music, tequila tasting, museum viewing and watching baseball (Viva los Gigantes!).

Check out our editors' picks of Mexican events across the city this weekend in the slideshow below:

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  • SF Cinco de Mayo Festival

    San Francisco's Cinco de Mayo Festival is one of the city's most-loved traditions. Eight years running, the festival showcases the best of Mexican and other Latin American cultures with music, art, and dance for everyone. <em><a href="http://www.sfcincodemayo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1" target="_hplink">Saturday May 5, 10am - 6pm, Dolores Park.</a> </em>

  • Hecho en San Francisco

    Not your usual Cinco de Mayo, the second annual "Made in San Francisco" event offers guests an array of antojitos from ten of SF's best Mexican restaurantes and food vendors, including La Cocina, handcrafted cocktails from four tequila makers and a choice of Mexican beers. <a href="http://www.cuesa.org/events/2012/hecho-en-san-francisco-not-your-usual-cinco-de-mayo" target="_hplink"><em>Saturday May 5, 6-9 pm, North Arcade in front of the Ferry Building, $55</em></a>

  • SF Giants Cinco de Mayo Celebration

    Take your Cinco de Mayo celebration to AT&T Park and watch Los Gigantes de San Francisco as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers! The day will include cultural entertainment prior to game time and entrance to the pre-game Cinco de Mayo fiesta in Seals Plaza from 11am-1pm. All special event ticket holders will also receive their very own Cinco de Mayo-edition Sergio Romo bobblehead. <em><a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/group_special_events.jsp" target="_hplink">Saturday May 5, 1:05pm. AT&T Park</a></em>

  • Viva el Mariachi!

    Watch a screening of the uplifting music documentary, Viva el Mariachi, which explores the history, instruments, charro suits, and worldwide acceptance of mariachi music. Screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director/producer Al Gonzalez and live music from Mariachi Tradición Mexicana. <em><a href="http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1008650501" target="_hplink">Saturday May 12, 12-5pm, 100 Larkin Street</a>.</em>

  • Tequila Don Julio Collection

    The Mexican Museum showcases a recent aquisition to the permanent collection. A contemporary art exhibition illuminating the cutting-edge vitality of some of today's most engaging Mexican and Mexican American Artists. <em><a href="http://www.mexicanmuseum.org/calendar/event.asp?eventkey=574&language=english" target="_hplink">10am - 4pm, Fort Mason Center</a> </em>

  • Oakland Cinco De Mayo Parade and Festival

    This free East Bay 5 de Mayo celebration features musicians and dancers on three stages, a parade featuring a "Banda de Guerra" military marching band & Charros on horseback, exhibits from local artists, Mexican cuisine, including street vendors, a Kid Zone, and more. <em><a href="http://savvycities.com/sf-bay-area-cinco-de-mayo-events/" target="_hplink">Saturday, May 5, 11am - 5pm. Parade starts at 11am</a>.</em> Parade route is International Boulevard from 35th Avenue to Fruitvale Avenue up Fruitvale Avenue to E. 17th Street

  • Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl

    Time to put those sarongs and sombreros on and head out to the World Famous Pub Crawl. Over a dozen venues all along Union Street & the Marina with some mind numbing drink specials. <em><a href="http://californianightlife.com/event/san-francisco/bar-none/cinco-de-mayo-pub-crawl-san-francisco-05-05-12" target="_hplink">Friday May 4 5pm - 2am and Saturday May 5 12pm - 2am, 1980 Union St.</a> </em>

  • Ballet Folklorico Mexicano

    Watch a free performance of Oakland -based Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. <em><a href="http://www.latinbayarea.com/event/904/oakland-cinco-de-mayo-with-ballet-folklorico-mexicano" target="_hplink">Friday May 4, 12-1om, Oakland City Center</a></em>

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Filed by Sarah Medina  |