Cinco de Mayo Concert Featuring Jarabe Mexicano

An all-day event, featuring Mexican-themed music and dance performance, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, hand-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and more!

The popular local ballet folclórico group, La Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego, will kick off the day’s entertainment in the Plaza de Panama at 11:20 a.m., followed by a horseback procession at 12 noon from Escaramuza Charra las Golondrinas and Asociación Charros Herencia Charra.

Additional entertainment in the Plaza is provided by the City Heights Mariachi, Pacific Beat, and the San Diego State University Marching Aztecs Drumline, who will lead festival-goers from the Plaza de Panama to the free concert event featuring Jarabe Mexicano, accompanied by the SDSU School of Music Percussion Ensemble, at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion starting at 5:00 p.m. Jarabe Mexicano will perform their unique, up-tempo style of music, using traditional guitar-like instruments, such as the guitarrón, vihuela, and requinto.

Entertainment Schedule

11:20 am La Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego: A 20-minute ballet folklorico performance in the Plaza de Panama of the popular community-based dance group, under the direction of Maestra Yolanda Chacon Beniquez.
11:45 am City Heights Mariachi: Performance in the Plaza de Panama before accompanying the horseback procession at 12 noon. Founded in 2010, CHMS is a program of the Youth Philharmonic Symphony.
12 noon Equestrian Procession: Four traditionally attired horseback riders from the Escaramuza Charra las Golondrinas, led by its queen, Kasandra Trujillo, and Asociación Charros Herencia Charra travel from the Botanical Building into the Plaza de Panama. The procession will be led by floreador Miguel Jr Bautista performing rope tricks.
1 pm Traditional Dress Showcase: Models wear unique regional attire from various cultures based in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, and the Yucatán, all from the Olga de la Vega private collection.
1:15-1:45 pm City Heights Mariachi strolls through the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway.
2 pm La Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego: A 20-minute ballet folklorico dance performance in the Plaza.
2:30-4:30 pm Pacific Beat: Live performance of salsa, merengue, cumbia, and other danceable music genres in the Plaza, sponsored by Univision Radio Station Group, Inc.
3:15-3:45 pm Wa-Kushmá Folk Dancers: Performances of traditional folk dances from Nueva Leon and Jalisco, both featuring a dozen dance couples.
4:45 pm San Diego State University Marching Aztecs Drumline: Performance on the Plaza de Panama stage by the 20-member drumline followed by a procession to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and participation in a performance of the US and Mexico national anthems there at 5 pm.
5 pm Cinco de Mayo Concert in Spreckels Organ Pavilion: Jarabe Mexicano performs with SDSU School of Music Percussion Ensemble and Marching Aztecs Drumline student performers. Jarabe Mexicano is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of San Diego.