Weekend Calendar: Islands Festival, Coastside Arts, Streets Alive!

It's the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, so many will be out celebrating the Mexican holiday. But there are other activities going on this weekend, and we thought you'd like to know.


Ninth Annual Pacific Islands Festival

Saturday @ 10 a.m. in Foster City

Bring the ‘ohana (family) and celebrate Polynesian Culture. In this free event, you'll learn the true meaning of the word ‘tatau’ (tattoo) and see the decorative design differences between the island groups.

There will be cultural performances from award-winning professional Polynesian Dance companies including, Ehulani’s ‘Ote’a/Kaulana Na Pua O Hawaii of Hayward, Kawailehua Hula Ohana of Milpitas, Merahi o Tehani of Union City, Motu’aina of Danville, Rahiti of Daly City, Tamarii Matairea of Stockton and Te Poly Nui of Stockton.

San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Saturday @ 10 a.m. in San Francisco

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated nationwide in the United States on May 5, and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called “The Battle of Puebla” (LaBatalla de Puebla). This special date is observed in this country as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

Coastside Art Weekend

Saturday and Sunday @ 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. at various coastal locations

Colony of Coastside Artists is a group of more than 100 artists from Montara to Half Moon Bay. They specialize in making fine art, mixed media, photography, textiles, jewelry and sculpture. in May and November invite the public to see demos and get inside their studios where the artists craft their work.

Streets Alive! Parks Alive! San Mateo County

Saturday in Foster City and San Bruno

Sunday in Belmont, Burlingame, Foster City, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Mateo, South San Francisco and Woodside

Streets Alive! Parks Alive! is a coordinated effort among cities across San Mateo County to promote healthy communities by providing safe, accessible, public spaces for recreation. Streets and parks throughout San Mateo County are opened up for exercise, dancing, strolling, cycling, picnicking and play.

Old Woodside Store Day

Sunday @ Noon in Woodside

The San Mateo County Historical Association invites the public to a free day of music, children’s games and craft activities at the historic Woodside Store.  The volunteer docent group, the Woodside Storekeepers, will greet the public and invite them to experience life in the nineteenth century. 

The family day will focus on the history of the Woodside Store and the redwood logging activities in the area.  Children will be able to cut a log with a two-man saw, cleave shingles with a mallet and froe, compete in a seed spitting contest, make ragdolls and enjoy other activities.


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