FIRST-EVER CINCO DE MAYO DANCE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT JACK LONDON SQUARE

Oakland-based TURFinc Brings Dance Battles, Traditional Latin Entertainment, Local Vendors And Eats, And More To Oakland Waterfront

SATURDAY, MAY 5  ·  12–7 P.M.

Jack London Square is pleased to present the first-ever Cinco de Mayo Dance Festival in partnership with TURFinc on Saturday, May 5 from 12–7 p.m. The festival features turf battles hosted by Chuy Gomez, Randy McPhly, and Johhny5, with live music from DJ NiQ and Freddy Flowpez. A separate dance competition will also be held which is open to the public. In addition to the TURFinc dance battles, there will be live Latin performances and entertainment including traditional Folklorico dancing from Ballet Folklorico, Quebradita dancing from the Allstar Dancers, Banda music from Codigo 30-30, dancing horses from Rancho Uva Blanka, and live painting from DJ AGANA and La Cocina Loca. Additional offerings include Chicano Lowrider Cars, BMX stunts, prize giveaways, and local vendors and eats. The Cinco de Mayo Dance Festival is open to the public of all ages and free to attend, with food and beverage available for purchase.

“I’m excited to bring turfing, an urban dance style that started right here in Oakland, to Jack London Square and mix it with my traditional Latin culture,” said TURFinc founder Johnny Lopez. “The Oakland waterfront is a great place for the community to enjoy watching these aspiring dancers demonstrate their skill and celebrate Latin culture with exciting entertainment, artists, local restaurants, and vendors.”

TURFinc is an Oakland-based company dedicated to creating positive changes in the community through dance, and Jack London Square, for participants and viewers of all ages. It provides a platform for dancers to develop their abilities and the opportunity to audition for jobs as performers in commercials, concerts, music videos and private events.

Turf battle participants include:

  • 7PM
  • B-Mack
  • Bonebreakdj
  • Dopey Fresh
  • Grim
  • KClassic
  • Lavish
  • Leftside
  • Nano
  • Phil of the future
  • Tdot
  • Turf kurry
  • Shaka
  • Skeeter
  • Velo
  • Zel

The competition will be judged by Chonkie F Tutz, Peko, Anita, Kosh, Intricate, Slowmotion Seth from MVMNT Studio, and a surprise special celebrity guest.

Several Jack London Square tenants are participating in the festivities as well with Latin-inspired specials, including Lungomare, who will be offering Don Julio Margaritas for $7 a glass or $25 for a pitcher, a special “Lost Souls” Mezcal-based cocktail, $4 pork and vegetable tacos, and $3 churros.

Sponsors of the event include BMWTURF, Federation Brewery, Fruitvale Collision Center, Rightworks Insurance Services, and Tamarindo.

For ongoing updates leading up to the Cinco de Mayo Festival, follow the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701420099896971/

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About Jack London Square
Situated in Oakland along the Oakland/Alameda estuary, Jack London Square is Oakland’s only publicly accessible mixed-use waterfront area and a well-known landmark since the mid-1800s. With its rich history as the heart of Oakland’s Port operations, Jack London Square is a historic working waterfront and is one of the Bay Area’s premier recreational, dining and commercial districts. Jack London Square offers visitors, residents and commercial tenants an authentic, vibrant hub for outdoor recreation, events and the latest dining and entertainment options including Rosenblum Cellars, Plank, Forge Pizza, Lungomare and more. For additional information, call 510/645-9292, visit www.jacklondonsquare.com or follow at @jacklondonsq on Twitter, @jacklondonsq on Instagram and www.facebook.com/jacklondonsquare.