So many crazy and inspiring things have happened in the old Albertsons parking lot in Roseland—pop-up soul food stands, weekend flea markets, midnight fire-spinning, hotrods showing off—that we’d almost be sad if the long-term plan to convert it into a town square were to become a reality. It’s just that there’s a special kind of potential in an empty lot, realized each year for Roseland’s Cinco de Mayo Party with lowrider parades, breakdance contests, food galore, live music on two stages and much, much more. It’s a don’t-miss, shoulder-to-shoulder happening on Thursday, May 5, at the old Albertsons parking lot. 600 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 4–10pm. Free. 707.529.8651.