Cowboys and poppies, science and Earth Day, fiestas and B-I-N-G-O, bubbles and movies – what do they all have in common? Nothing but a fun factor that goes to 11, which makes this weekend of events outstanding since there’s a little something for everyone out there. What will you be doing?
This is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world, with over half a million people. There are three stages plus food, fun and games for the whole family that spotlight Mexican and Latin American cultures. Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
These adventurous short-film programs appeal to moviegoers of all ages. The magical, exhilarating works are made by filmmakers from all over the world, and is an annual Red Tricycle favorite event. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Downtown. $5. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Come play Bingo with prizes and old-school ice cream treats for all. The whole family can play, from tots to Grandma (and that makes more chances to win!). Sun., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
Party On the Pier
It’s a fun-filled day of rides (all rides, all day!), games, food, raffles, arts & crafts, touch tanks, hair and face painting, kids activities and tons of live entertainment. And the best part is that all proceeds benefit SMMUSD. Sun., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Santa Monica. $25 and up. All ages. Event details.
California Wildlife Center Open House
The California Wildlife Center is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, and today they’ll take kids behind the scenes for up-close encounters. Sun., 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Calabasas. Free. All ages. Event details.
Science Fest in the Mountains
Learn how to track mountain lions, bobcats, and island foxes, get to know the local wildlife, meet the scientists and take nature walks and discover the mysteries of your neighborhood national parks. Get out that magnifying glass, slather on the sunscreen and come to the mountains for a day of science! Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
Earth Day at Polliwog Park
This beach side Earth Day Celebration and concert is jam packed with plenty of food, music, games, eco-friendly products and information on how to make this a greater and greener place to live & play. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Manhattan Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Burst your Sunday boredom! See the beauty, wonder and fun of bubbles with fantastic fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam, bubble ping-pong and thousands of bubbles filling the stage. Sun., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Torrance. $20. Ages 5 and up. Event details.
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years
Mickey and the rest of the gang take to their skates and bring the audience along on a whirlwind tour of favorite Disney moments with everyone you love from your own childhood and the characters your kids love today. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Long Beach. $15-$70. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Saddle up and step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons. Enjoy dutch oven peach cobbler, trick ropers, authentic gear, living history exhibits, leather-working for kids and a show stopping musical talent lineup. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Santa Clarita. $10-$30. All ages. Event details.
Pop quiz: what’s California’s State flower? The Poppy, of course. This weekend-long festival celebrates thT beautiful flower. So make like Dorothy and head to the poppy fields. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Lancaster. $5-$8. All ages. Event details.
Poppies, cowboys, books, bugs or butterflies – what’s your favorite festival of the year?
Photo credits: California Poppy Festival’s facebook page and a4gpa via Creative Commons