Bubbles, music, Elmo, handlebar mustaches, animation and charity…What do these things have in common? Well, it turns out not very much, but they are all fun activities for the whole family this weekend in L.A.! Plus, you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the historic heart of our city: El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

Cinco de Mayo at El Pueblo
El Pueblo, a living museum at the historic and symbolic heart of the city, is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with popular and traditional music, dancing, and food.  Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All Ages. Event details.

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
The annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival returns with two full weekends of exhilarating short-film programs to enchant moviegoers of all ages. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Downtown. $5. Ages 2+. Event details.

Sesame Street Live at the Zoo
Enjoy fun activities throughout the Zoo with Bert, Ernie, Grover and the rest of the Sesame Street crew! Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Griffith Park. $11-$16. All ages. Event details.


Sukey Jump Concert
Head to McCabe’s Guitar shop to hear Heidi Swedberg, ukelele expert extraordinaire, play some “sukey jump” music. Sun., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $10. Ages 2-10. Event details.


Mozart & Me Family Concert
Kids get musically inspired when they hear tunes Mozart wrote when he was just a boy, and happily surprised when they recognize them. Sun., 2:00 pm. Glendale. $12-$20. Ages 5-11. Event details.

Beach Cities

Bubble Mania
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere, with fantastic fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam, bubble ping-pong, and even audience members trapped inside a gigantic soap bubble! Sun., 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm. Torrance. $17.50. Ages 5+. Event details.

San Gabriel

Victorian Fair
Get a taste of Victorian life, Southern California style with hoop skirts, bustles, top hats, high wheelers and old time baseball! Sat. & Sun., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. City of Industry. Free. All ages. Event details.


Big Sunday Weekend
Give a little, get a lot when the whole family works together on a project to help kids, the elderly, animals, our soldiers, the disabled, the homeless, the hungry, the environment or another issue that suits your family’s skills and passion!  Fri.-Sun., Various times. Various locations. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose