First Friday Fiesta at MACLA

as Part of Monthly SoFA District Art Walk 


South First Fridays

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are FREE & open to the public.

Past Artists

June 2018 Calafia Armada

Afro-Colombian Music


May 2018 Rosa Los Santos

Afro-Peruvian Music and Dance


April 2018 Bolivian Dance Team

Bolivian Music and Dance


March 2018 Charged Particles

Latin Jazz Music


February 2018 Maracatu Pacifico

Brazilian Music and Dance


December 2017 4 Con 3

Cuban Music and Dance


November 2017 LoCura

Califas Mestizo Music


October 2017 Asociacion Cultural Kanchis

Peruvian Music and Dance


September 2017 Entre Son

Mexican Fusion Music


August 2017 Corazon Salvaje

Cumbia and Poetry


June 2017 Sonido Clash

Future Latino Sounds


May 2017 Sweet Spice

Latin Dance Standards


April 2017 Valverde Dance Theatre

Music and Dance from the Andes


March 2017 Silvestre Martinez

Afro-Oaxacan Jazz


February 2017 Sambaxé

Brazilian Dance and Music


December 2016 Alafia Dance Ensemble

African Haitian Dance


November 2016 Aguacero

Puerto Rican Bomba


October 2016 MaKrú

Rumba Flamenca, Reggae, Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska


September 2016 Gabriel Navia and Sulkary

Jazz-flamenco and Cuban Music

August 2016 Cunamacué

Afro-Peruvian Dance

June 2016 La Mixta Criolla

Caribbean Music

May 2016 Tarimba

Son Jarocho Music

April 2016 Silvestre Martinez and the East Bay's Conspiracy

Latin Dance Music

March 2016 Nosotras

Women's Ensemble

Februry 2016 Gabriel Navia & Sulkary

Latin Music Fusion Artist

December 2015 Jaranón y Bochinche

Afro-Peruvian Dance

November 2015 Arenas Dance Company

Cuban Dance

September 2015 Columbian Soul

Colombian Dance

August 2015 Flamenco Society of San Jose

Flamenco Dance

June 2015 Aguacero

Puerto Rican Bomba Music and Dance

May 2015 Capoeira of San José

Brazilian Capoeira

April 2015 Nosotras

Women's Ensemble

March 2015 Jaranón y Bochinche

Afro-Peruvian Dance

February 2015 Loco Bloco

Youth and Family Art Organization

December 2014 Los Leones

Cumbia, Latin Dance

November 2014 Future Arts Now!

Arts Education Program

October 2014 Yeye Suarez and Ensemble

Afro Latin Fusion Music

All performances are free; no reservations or tickets required.

The notable #FirstFridayFiesta Series at MACLA brings several of the Bay Area’s most prominent Latin American music and dance companies to MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse in the heart of Downtown San José for an evening of free, educational, and engaging performances. The series is presented by MACLA during the monthly SoFA District Art Walk.


La Clandestina

Friday, August 3, 2018

La Clandestina is a band that originates from San Francisco, California. Their music has influences, rhythms, and styles from Latin America and from all over the world. Their repertoire of original music takes you on a festive journey around the world. La Clandestina es una banda con orígenes en San Francisco, California. En su música se encuentran influencias de ritmos y estilos latinoamericanos y del mundo en un viaje a través de un repertorio de canciones originales con ambiente festivo.

DJ Leydis

Friday, September 7, 2018

DJ Leydis  was born and raised in Cuba, pioneering Cuban hip-hop in her native land and working to realize her vision of cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Now based in the Bay Area, she has opened sets for Erykah Badu, Quest Love of the Roots, Mos Def, and other iconic US artists. She was the official DJ for the Grammy-nominated group Los Rakas and remains very active, working on numerous projects not only in the Bay Area, but also throughout the US and internationally.


Banda Sin Nombre

Friday, November 2, 2018  

Banda Sin Nombre is a five-piece street band from San Francisco's Mission District dedicated to performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band's inspirations range from Peruvian chicha to Catalan rumba and Appalachian old time to cumbia.


Ramon Ramos Alayo

Friday, December 7, 2018

Alayo Dance Company was founded in 2001 by Ramos and is currently the resident company of CubaCaribe. As director and choreographer, his work is an innovative fusion of Afro-Cuban modern, folkloric and popular Cuban dance. He eloquently articulates his aesthetic vision through a synthesis of these dance styles, citing from each traditions, movements, narratives and concepts indicative of Cuban culture.


Taller Bombalele

Friday, April 5, 2019

Taller Bombalele was founded in September 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis (founder/director of Las Bomberas de la Bahia). Taller Bombalele strives to promote Afro Puerto Rican roots, music, and dance traditions of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in community. Taller Bombalele is also proud to be part of a diverse community in the SF Bay Area and is therefore committed to teaching, learning, and collaboration and in reflection of this community, we welcome our community of different cultural experiences and intergenerational participation. We strive to continually learn, grow and support each other in our learning by lifting up our music and dance tradition as a community that focuses on the collective and a women of color led perspective.  



Friday, June 7, 2019 Ajayu is a group of musicians from the SF Bay Area who share Psychedelic Andean Music with the community



Past Artists