Cinco de Mayo 2013
By: Tyler Gosnell
You may be surprised to learn the Cinco de Mayo tradition began in California in 1863. It celebrates Mexico’s defeat of the French army on May 5, 1862 in the Batalla de Puebla, it does not celebrate Mexico’s independence day. The celebration is largely ignored in Mexico outside the state of Puebla. You can read all about the full history here.
And though it may not be an official holiday in Mexico or the US, it's a great bi-cultural celebration of Mexican history. Below is an itinerary we’ve put together to celebrate Mexican heritage in San Francisco Cinco de Mayo weekend May 4-5, 2013. Enjoy!
Cinco de Mayo Festival at Dolores Park
Saturday, May 4 10am – 6pm
This celebration showcase the very best of Mexican and Latin American cultures with a diverse array of Mexican and Latino foods, music, dance and artistry.
Here’s a list of mission district taqueria’s you need to have on your list:
#1 Pancho Villa 16th Street and Valencia Map
#2 Taqueria Cancun Map
#3 Taqueria Vallarta 3039 24th Street Map
#4 Taqueria San Francisco 2794 24th Street Map
Tequila Tasting And Margaritas
Here’s a list of great places to enjoy an array of high-end tequila:
#1 Mosto Tequila and Botanas Bar 741 Valencia St. (At 18th) Map
#2 West of Pecos 550 Valencia St Map
#3 Tres Tequila Lounge and Mexican Kitchen 130 Townsend St Map
Mexican-inspired restaurants in San Francisco are flavorful, rich and unique. Here’s a list of ideas for your dinner.
#1 Tacolicious 741 Valencia St. (At 18th) Map
#2 Rosa Mexicano 30 Mission St Map
#3 Regalito Rosticeria 3481 18th St Map
#4 Gracias Madre (This is vegan Mexican food. Vegan food even carnivores will love. Trust us.) 211 Mission St Map
There are always a host of parties at bars and clubs throughout the Castro on Cinco de Mayo. Specials and events have yet to be posted, so please check back for more information.
Here’s a short list of the best Huevos Rancheros in SF:
#1 Mission Beach Café198 Guerrero St Map
#2 Don Pisto's 510 Union St at Grant Ave Map
#3 Jones620 Jones St. at Geary St. Map
#4 Slow Club 2501 Mariposa St at Hampshire St. Map
Mission Dolores Walking Tour
Learn about the Spanish mission that formed the neighborhood, hear the magnificent tale of how the neighborhood survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, discover who the local streets are named after, and experience what this vibrant area is like today. Learn more>>
The location hasn’t been booked yet, but you can reserve a spot on the official Cinco de Mayo pub crawl here.
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