[5/3-5/4] Preview: Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Fiesta Gardens

Fiestas PatriasThis weekend, May 3-4, Austin’s annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta returns to Fiesta Gardens with a weekend full of music and entertainment for the entire family. Presented by Fiestas Patrias of Austin, the event has brought the biggest names in Tejano and conjunto music from all over Texas since 2005, and this year is no exception.

Sunday’s lineup, also known as the “Austin Conjunto Festival,” is presented by Austin’s own Johnny Degollado. Also known as “El Montopolis Kid,” the conjunto legend has organized the conjunto showcase for over twenty years. In fact, the pavilion where the bands will be performing is named after him.

Long story short: A great Austin tradition that celebrates Tejano culture with a wide variety of music and plenty of room to dance.

For more information about Fiestas Patrias of Austin and more details about this event, visit http://www.cincodemayoaustin.com. The lineup is as follows, and may be subject to change:

Saturday, May 3
12:00 p.m. Doors Open
Show Ur Ride Ese Car Exhibit
12:15 p.m.   Knights
1:15 p.m.     Tiarra Girls
2:15 p.m.     Austin Tejano Music Coalition
3:30 p.m.    Los Palacios Brothers
5 p.m.          Mariachi Los Toros
6 p.m.          Ballet Folklorico de Mari Cruz
6 p.m.          Street People
8 p.m.          Grupo Ondo
9:30 p.m.    Grupo Solido

Sunday, May 4
12:30 p.m.   Lake Travis High Fiddlers
1 p.m.           Los Texas Wranglers
2 p.m.          Conjunto Aztlan
3 p.m.          Conjunto Baraja de Oro
4:30 p.m.    Boni Mauricio y Los Maximos
6 p.m.          Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto with special guest “El Pavo Real”
7 p.m.          Joel Guzman y Sarah Fox
8:30 p.m.    Los Fantasmas del Valle

Fiesta Gardens is located 1900 E Jesse E. Segovia Street, at the intersection with Chicon Street, on the banks of Lady Bird Lake in East Austin. Admission for Saturday is free with one can of food until 3 p.m. and $7 per person after 3 p.m. Sunday is $7 all day. Children under 12 are free with adult admission and all ages are welcome. View the Facebook event here.

Piper LeMoine

Piper LeMoine manages all things technical, promotional, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. She also co-hosts Rancho Alegre, playing Tejano and Conjunto music every Monday from 9-10 a.m. on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and online at koop.org.

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