Happy Cinco de Mayo! Join the fiesta at celebrations in Old Town and Balboa Park, delight in the Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment show or bounce on in to the Inflatable Run & Festival. All this and more awaits your fam this weekend. Read on for where to party.

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Point Loma

Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment
Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to San Diego. This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen.  Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

In this whimsical musical, The Cat in the Hat is your host and Horton the Elephant is your guide on a journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the World of the Whos, as a little boy with a big imagination proves that a person is a person, no matter how small. Pajama Night is on May 3rd and there’s an ASL-interpreted performance on May 4th. Showtimes vary by date. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park
The annual free family event is expanding to include even more Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts and activities for kids. Set within both the historic Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion, this year’s celebration once again features colorful horseback riders, traditional dance groups, a fashion show, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, authentic arts and crafts demonstrations by artisans from Mexico, food trucks and a free concert event at 5 p.m. featuring Jarabe Mexicano. The day’s food offerings include a variety of cuisines from some of San Diego’s best gourmet food trucks parked along the El Prado walkway. Sat. Event details.

Old Town

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Grab your amigos and head over to historic Old Town to spice up your weekend at the free annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo! Celebrating 36 years of fiery fun, Fiesta Old Town is sure to be muy caliente as it transforms the historic Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast. This free weekend celebration attracts over 100,000 people over the course of three days with its bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling and a huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos. Get ready to shake your maracas! Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will feature live entertainment, with over 40 Latin bands and groups on the Café Coyote Stage, Mariachis and the Ballet Folklorico competition in the historic state park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Cinco de Mayo Trail Run
The Cinco De Mayo Trail Run returns to Lake Poway. This annual event brings together athletes, runners, families and friends to support Valley Elementary’s disadvantaged students. Known as San Diego’s Best Kept Dirty Little Secret, the annual Cinco De Mayo Trail Run/Walk features grueling 10K, family-friendly 5K and a fun 1k kids’ race, the Cinco DeMayo Trail Run is a race for everyone. This year’s run is expected to draw over 1,200 participants on the beautiful trails of Lake Poway and the surrounding foothills of the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Sat. Event details.

Mission Valley

The Inflatable Run & Festival
This is a one-of-a-kind event that was created by a family just like yours, with the vision of helping kids and parents get great exercise and also have an epic, fun experience. Introducing the second annual Inflatable Run & Festival, a touring phenomenon featuring over 28,000 pounds of inflatables that will keep you having so much fun for hours, you’ll forget you’re exercising. This family event features a 5K run/walk with inflatable obstacles every 500 feet that any age or fitness level can complete, and the inflatable festival has countless attractions for toddlers, adults and everybody in between. Plus, you can have fun while feeling good knowing that your ticket purchases benefit at-risk youth because profits benefit the Just Care More Foundation. Sat. Event details.

Liberty Station

Miracle Babies 11th Annual Superhero 5K
The 11th annual Miracle Babies Superhero 5K will take place from 8 a.m.-noon at NTC Park at Liberty Station, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. This event includes a timed 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by a family-friendly 5K walk at 9 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. In addition to the 5K, the event includes a merchant and resource fair, food trucks, a diaper dash race for kids 2 and under, a KidZone featuring a bounce house, obstacle course, games, crafts, exotic cars, superheroes and more. Sun. Event details.


Free Heart Screening for Youth
All kids age 12 to 25 are invited to get a free heart screening on Sun. May 5 at Oceanside High School between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 in 300 youth are at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a leading cause of death under 25, the #1 killer of student-athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses. Heart screenings are not a part of annual checkups or sports physicals, even though most heart conditions have no warning signs or unrecognized symptoms. The EPSaveALife Foundation screens for free. Register at epsavealife.org/register and download a screening packet. Walk-ins are also accepted after 10 a.m. and paperwork is available onsite if online registration is not possible. Screenings take less than an hour. Parents need not be present for youth who have a signed and completed screening packet. Parents will be contacted by the medical director if a cardiac abnormality is detected. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea