It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend! Celebrate! Start with a family cooking session at The Kids’ Table or bust a move at a dance party with Mickey Mouse.  Read on to find more fun than you can shake your piñata bashing stick at — get to it!

photo: Disney Junior Dance Party via Matt Petit


Lincoln Park

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join in on the hunt for Knuffle Bunny in this comedic musical adaptation of the popular book by Mo Willems! After losing a beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mag Mile

Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Chinese Dragon Lights Festival
See Soldier Field in a whole new light at the Dragon Lights Festival transforming Chicago’s skyline with more than 40 larger-than-life hand-made lanterns, Chinese artistry demonstrations and performances. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Last Chance! Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea
Designed with input from five real-life South Korean kids, visitors can explore Korean food, perform with K-Pop stars, explore an ancient martial art, see what school and home life are like for their Korean peers and celebrate universal themes like diversity, tradition, and the global community. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Various Locations

Join in on a ‘Go Run
The Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Runners Association have paired up to provide free weekly timed runs in 3 Chicago Parks: Humboldt Park, Warren Park and Washington Park.  Make the runs a weekly event to explore new areas of Chicago while getting fit with your family. Sat. Event details.

Family Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class at The Kids’ Table
Get the kids in on the Cinco de Mayo fun with a family cooking session. You’ll make Enchilada Pizza, Guacamole & Homemade Tortilla Chips & Coconut Horchata. Fri. & Sat. Event details.



Chicago Fire Home Game
Root for your hometown soccer team by taking in a Fire home game. But, first, pregame at FireFest with an inflatable soccer field, soccer pool, a speedshot competition and street soccer games. Sat. Event details.


Friendship Walk at Brookfield Zoo
Walk, support and celebrate best buddies at the annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk, the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sat. Event details.


Fairy Fest
Fly away to Pilcher Park for a gathering of fairies young and old. Float along for fairy flower walks, create enchanted crafts (including a fairy wand), learn important fairy words and savor fairy food. It’s sure to be a day filled with magic. Sat. Event details.


Build-A-Tree Eco-Workshop
Morton Arboretum invites families to participate in a self-guided, hands-on discovery activity using natural and recycled materials to create a nature keepsake. A bottle cap tree, a newspaper bird, a popsicle flower . . . where will your creativity lead you? Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Maifest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the first and only German micro-brewery, restaurant and beer hall in the Chicago area, will celebrate the spring season with a traditional Maifest celebration with unmatched German entertainment, new menu items and a special Maibock beer. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Disney Junior Dance Party
Your high-energy toddlers have met their match with the equally charged Disney Junior Dance Party Tour. This interactive concert includes songs from Disney favorites and highly anticipated newcomers. Sat. Event details.

Share your weekend plans in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

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