It’s May Day on Sunday. Here’s a little bit of trivia: did you know the distress call for “May Day” comes from the French, “M’aidez” or “Help Me.” So, we are here to help you have the most fun this May Day with Bart Simpson’s rendition of Peter and the Wolf (sort of!), Earth Day at Polliwog, a girl who sings badly (or doesn’t?), a carnival of people-animals and a festival of actual animals, Cinco de Mayo and Railway festivities, trucks, Shakespeare, polo and more!
photo: Darren Thomas
Cinco de Mayo at El Pueblo
Start celebrating Cinco this weekend right where early Mexican settlers camped to begin the city that is now LA, with popular and traditional music, booths, dancing and food. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Shakespeare, By & For Kids
The country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe performs The Tempest this weekend Mid-City (and in Culver City they’re also doing Pericles). If these kid performers can decipher the Bard, your own wee ones can too! Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. Mid-City. $10. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
West Hollywood & Beverly Hills
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
Peggy O’Hegarty wakes up to find her town missing and goes on a wild adventure to save the day in this hilarious Irish import show. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Beverly Hills. $10-$15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
This annual dog-friendly festival hosted by PAWS/LA is an fun day for puppy lovers with animals galore, live music and food & drink. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Arroyo Adventures Opens at Kidspace
Starting today there are eight brand-new experiences at Kidspace where kids can connect with nature, engage in adventures, and explore with boulders and rocks, mud and sticks, trees and native plantings. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-11. Event details.
Carnival of Animals
See (human) creatures that tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through the animal kingdom in a fantastical world inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ musical suite, performed by the Australian performers of Circa. Fri. & Sat., Various times. Santa Monica. $30-$55. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
It’s Polo Season
It’s both thrilling and relaxing to lounge on a blanket with a picnic brunch and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you. This weekend kicks off the season. Sat. at 2 p.m., Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific Palisades. Free admission, $12 parking. All ages. Event details.
Earth Day at Polliwog Park
This annual Earth Day party is jam packed with plenty of food, music and games, all at a wonderful park. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Manhattan Beach. Free. All Ages. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Peter and the Wolf, with Nancy Cartwright
The musical classic Peter & the Wolf takes some delightful twists and turns in this performance where Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, narrates and O.C.’s Pacific Symphony Orchestra plays. Sun., 3 p.m. Northridge. $30-$40. All ages. Event details.
There will be loads of giant (ok, regular sized, but giant to kids) trucks to sit in; like firetrucks, police vehicles, buses, semi-trucks, tractors, and military vehicles. All that plus hotdogs, live music, LEGO play and crafts and it’s a guaranteed fabulous morning for little wheel enthusiasts. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Step Back in Time at the Victorian Fair
At the Victorian Fair on the beautiful grounds of the Homestead Museum you can enjoy live music, period dance demonstrations and lessons, fashion shows, high-wheel bicycle riding, historic house tours, pie-eating contests, vintage baseball, crafts and much more. Sat. & Sun., 1-5 p.m. City of Industry. Free admission. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Chug to Railfest
All aboard! Choose between riding a vintage steam or diesel train and see frontier gunfights, model trains, eat tri-tip BBQ and more. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fillmore. $10-$25. All ages. Event details.