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OC’s Best Cinco De Mayo Events

April 18, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: callecuatro.com)

(credit: callecuatro.com)

(credit: callecuatro.com)

(credit: callecuatro.com)


Who says Cinco de Mayo is all about margaritas and clamatos? Keep your day of Mexican pride classy by checking out these not-all-about-drinking events.

(credit: callecuatro.com)

(credit: callecuatro.com)

Calle Cuatro

E 4th St & N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
www.callecuatro.com

Calle Cuatro — held around Santa Ana’s 4th St. — is one of the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the Hispanic community. It boasts of having had about thousand attendees for a two-day event that features Latino artists such as Nene Torres, Amandititita, Korina Lopez and more, plus food, carnival rides and games. The event is free, there’s a beer garden, and there is a parade in the afternoon.

(credit: SOL Cocina)

(credit: SOL Cocina)

SOL Cocina

251 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 675-9800
www.solcocina.com

Instead of beer and tequila fests, Newport Beach’s SOL Cocina is serving a margarita brunch at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 5. Drink specials will be available all day, and live music will ring through the restaurant starting at noon. Sol Cocina also holds private tequila tastings, with more than 70 tequilas on the line up.

(credit: Soho Tacos)

(credit: Soho Tacos)

Rancho Days Fiesta

Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
May 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets $3-$4
(949) 923-2230

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the battle of the Mexicans versus the French. At Rancho Days Fiesta, the history of ranchos and Native American tribes is mashed up with Cinco de Mayo at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The park, which represents the early development of the Saddleback Valley and the El Toro area, brings home the fact that California used to belong to Mexico — which also means the serving of gourmet Mexican food such as Soho Tacos is ever more apt. There will be music, dance, crafts, food and hands-on activities for all ages.

(credit: pcrf-kids.org)

(credit: pcrf-kids.org)

2013 Reaching for the Cure BofA Merrill Lynch Half Marathon Event on Cinco de Mayo

Irvine Spectrum Irvine
Alton Parkway and Gateway
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 975-1812
May 5, 7 a.m.
www.pcrf-kids.org

There are no margaritas involved in the 15th Annual Reaching for the Cure Bank of America Merrill Lynch Half Marathon, 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kids’ Run & Bike Tour, but for two days you can vamos for a cause. Help fund children’s cancer research by joining biking events on Saturday, May 4, and Run/Walks on Sunday, May 5. There’s also an event expo, a Kids Fun Zone and a photo booth at the event.

(credit: Yost Theater)

(credit: Yost Theater)

Psycho de Mayo

Yost Theater
307 N Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(888) 862-9573
www.yosttheater.com

Probably the weirdest and awesomest event to happen in Orange County for Cinco de Mayo, Psycho de Mayo celebrates local psychedelic musicians and artists at a day-long festival at Yost Theater. It’s the first annual event of its kind, so if you miss it you can try again next year, but the line-up is stellar (A Place To Bury Strangers! Dead Meadow! Dagha Bloom! many more hipster bands!) and might not go this way again.

Lilledeshan Bose celebrates gratuitous holidays because she likes holidays. Tweet at her: @lillitot.

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