The crowds in San Jose and surrounding cities aren’t as wild as they used to be for Cinco de Mayo, but it remains a strong hold for holiday festivities, which mostly revolve around consuming Mexican beer, margaritas and the finest cuisine our local taquerias have to offer.
El Jardin Tequlia Bar, Santana Row; May 5, noon-11pm, no cover
The bar promises mariachi music by Mariachi Tapatio, salsa by Son de Kali and beats by DJ SS, along with a surprise Latin musical guest. Other holiday events include pi–atas plus food and drink specials.
Univision Festival Cinco de Mayo, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds; May 5, noon-6pm, $10/ kids under 6 free
Radio station Estereo Sol and Univision 14 are hosting a Cinco de Mayo music festival at the fairgrounds. Mexican star Roberto Tapia will headline, with Noel Torres, Nena Guzman, Roberto Junior, Los Canarios Michoacan, Raul y Mexia and El Conjunto Nueva Ola as supporting acts.
Tres Gringos Cabo Cantina, 83 S. Second St., San Jose; Wed-Sat, 7pm-2am, cover varies
The Tres Gringos website celebrates the holiday all week.
Studio 8 Nightclub, 8 S. First St., San Jose; May 3, 9pm-2am, May 4, 9pm-2am
The club brings two up-and-coming Bay Area hip-hop artists for their weekend celebration. Fachento Boss will be performing Friday along with San Jose dance crew Silhouette. On Saturday, the Gemini will be throwing down some tracks including his Bay Area club hit “Gas Pedal.”
PlurPath 2 Cinco de Rager Rave, May 3, 8pm, $5/$10
Ragtag San Jose rave producers SurfaceLights and KDR are coming together to put on the Cinco de Rager in the Alpha Printing warehouse in San Jose.
Court’s Lounge, 2425 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
Saturday’s enticements include a fiesta and taco bar with drink specials. On Saturday, DJ Wendel spins.