Cinco substitutes

Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, which is supposed to be a commemoration of the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s sometimes also called Cinco de Drinko: A holiday—something like the cousin of St. Patrick’s Day—in which bros head out to party, drink too much and, eventually, puke up their guacamole. Of course, Sacramento has a few options for raging parties (the biggest one is probably the free Cinco de Old Sacto party, happening Sunday, May 5, at 5 p.m. at several Old Sacramento bars; visit for details). But if that’s not your cup of , celebrate Cinco at home and head to these five non-Cinco-related fiestas and festivals this week.

1. Multicultural Music Festival

Held in Auburn to benefit Head Start, a program that promotes school readiness, the Multicultural Music Festival features music, food, children’s activities and cultural-information booths. It’ll feature performances from Maria Muldaur & the Red Hot Bluesiana Band, Mary Youngblood, the Saul Rayo Band, the Grass Valley Taiko, the Auburn Hip Hop Congress, and the Auburn Irish Session. Tickets are $10 for kids ages 12 to 16, and $15 for general admission. Admission is free for children 12 and younger. It’s on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gold Country Fairgrounds (1273 High Street in Auburn). Visit for more information.

2. BikeParty Sacramento ride

A group called BikeParty Sacramento is hosting its fifth bike ride at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the corner of McKinley and Alhambra boulevards. The group hosts 21-and-over parties which feature two-wheel cruising, plus a few stops along the way to dance. Besides, the Sacramento region’s May Is Bike Month is already underway, and you know you could use those extra miles. Dressing up and decorating your bike for this free event is encouraged. For more information, visit

3. Maifest

This family festival, hosted by the Sacramento Turn Verein German Language School, offers Maypole dancing (a folk dance popular in Western Europe), German food, beer, storytelling and crafts. The free event happens on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at Sacramento Turn Verein Hall (3349 J Street). Head to for more details.

4. May the Fourth Be With You

May 4 is particularly important to Star Wars fans. In fact, it’s pretty much the de facto international day to celebrate all things Star Wars. The West Sacramento Parks & Recreation department is teaming up with Sac Geeks ( to host a mini-convention. It’ll feature cosplayers, vendors, memorabilia, art, games and comedy. It happens Saturday, May 4, at the West Sacramento Community Center (1075 W. Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento) from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $6. For more details, visit

5. Good: Street Food + Design Market

The second season of the Good: Street Food + Design Market kicks off on Sunday, May 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the free event is a mixture of a fair and a market that features goods for sale by local vendors, live music, street food, art and art workhops. It’s located at 1409 Del Paso Boulevard. Call (916) 692-5560 or visit for more information.