Join the community in celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 6, the day after May 5, which commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla.
This year, entertainment on the Plaza will feature traditional and colorful Ballet Folklorico Quetzalen. Everyone loves mariachis, and Mariachi Barragan makes romantic and upbeat music to celebrate Mexico, Mexican-American culture, love and passion and our community. The evening will end with a baile (dance) with music by Banda Valle Alegre.
A “cantina garden” will offer kegs of Lagunitas Brewing Company beers. Sal Chavez, of Puente International, will be mixing his famous Gran Dovejo tequila-based Palomas.
The Kids Zone will feature games, local Popo the Clown, a mobile video game truck and more.
A number of vendors will offer lots of handmade food to enjoy. El Brinquito (famous for its barbecued chickens) will sell gorditas; Tacos La Chencha will serve tacos and elotes, which are boiled and grilled corn on the cob, to which you can add crumbly Cotija cheeses. Others will serve huaraches and ceviche de camaron (shrimp), enchiladas Michoacanas of chicken and rice, tacos dorados, various fresh fruit salads, aguas frescas, and churros by Sonoma Valley High School students. Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. Sonoma Plaza.
Other Cinco de Mayo events
From 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4, El Verano Elementary School is hosting a community Cinco de Mayo party and talent show. There will be tosdadas, pozole, elotes, tacos and agua fresca and dessert for sale. The talent show includes performances by Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra, Balley Folklorico and various El Verano student acts.
On Saturday, May 5, Robledo Family Winery will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food and wines at its Carneros-based winery. The picnic area and grounds will serve as the celebration site, featuring folk dancing, Mariachi music, and traditional food. Tickets start at $55. robledofamilywinery.com.