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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: The Music Of May

A promotional photo of the band Mariachi El Bronx.

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Above: A promotional photo of the band Mariachi El Bronx.

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It's a very musical weekend, with mariachis, a string quartet and even some confetti.

Cinco de Mayo events

Music, Dance

A variety of Cinco de Mayo events will be happening throughout San Diego. The holiday commemorates Mexico's victory in the Battle of Puebla (not Independence Day) and there will be mariachis, folkloric dancers, food and more.

Friday there is the family-friendly Cinco de Mayo Concert in the Park, featuring the band Jarabe Mexicano accompanied by the SDSU Jazz Band and Wind Symphony. The free event is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

Also on Friday is Mariachi El Bronx, a punk band turned mariachi group, performing at The Belly Up. The Casbah has a Cinco de Mayo night with Tijuana's La Diabla as the headliner.

Saturday and Sunday brings one of San Diego's most popular celebrations, Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo. This free celebration features two days of mariachis, dancers, an open market, lucha libre wrestling and more.

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An undated photo of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

St. Lawrence String Quartet


UC San Diego's ArtPower brings back the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

This popular chamber quartet is the ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University and is known for its imaginative and spontaneous performances. The musicians mix their concerts with classic quartet pieces, as well as new works by composers like John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Ezequiel Viñao, and Jonathan Berger.

The evening's program will feature works by Adams, Beethoven and Camille Saint-Saens.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego, La Jolla. $40 to $54; find tickets.

A typical Flaming Lips concert features costumed performers, balloons, and a lot of confetti.

The Flaming Lips


Superstar indie rock band The Flaming Lips returns to San Diego for an intimate show at The Observatory.

In 2012, the psychedelic band spent some time in San Diego when the members were writing music for the "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" musical for the La Jolla Playhouse.

The Flaming Lips will be performing songs off its new album, "Oczy Mlody" as well as music from its extensive library.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. The Observatory, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $45 to $145; additional information.


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