Happy Cinco de Mayo! There are fiestas across town this weekend and it’s Bird Day in LA, so you can seek out our feathered friends in the woods or in the heart of the city. You can also get ready for Mother’s Day (yes!), play Nancy Drew, hear some amazing music, learn about wolves in the gardens, see horses on the polo field and dance round the May Pole.

photo: Meghan Rose


Bird Day LA
Join Bird LA, Audubon California and other cool birding groups for a super fun, all-day celebration of birds. There are dozens of events all over town so check the list for one that flies out at you, or is right near your home. Sun. Event details.

Make a Flower Pot for Mom
Self serving? Slightly. Bring the kids to Home Depot for a do-it-yourself workshop that teaches tool safety as kids make a flower pot to hold spring flowers (to give to Mom next weekend!). Sat. Event details.


Nancy, Unsolved
Introduce your young sleuth to the greatest girl gumshoe of all time—Nancy Drew Unsolved is an improvised play in homage to the classic Nancy Drew mystery novels. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

SoCal Mom’s Great Big Family Play Day
This all day festival is perfect for babies, toddlers and little kids. There’s a live stage filled with kids music & stories plus plenty of chances to get hands on with arts & crafts, obstacle courses, mazes, carnival rides, building stations, face painting, glitter tattoos, water play, family photos, sweet treats and more. Sun. Event details.


African Art at LACMA’s Family Day
See masks, sculptures and textiles, and learn about the symbolism and importance of vision in African art. Then in workshops on the courtyard, make art inspired by the new exhibition. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
There’s an art walk with outdoor installations, food trucks and a beer and wine garden, but the highlight of the festival is family friendly *free* performances by Ozokids, Kids & Family by Theatre Americana and Lisa Haley and the Zydecats. Sat. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo Festival
The City of Monterey Park throws their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend, and it’s filled with Folklorico dancers, Mariachi musicians and more traditional Mexican music. Sun. Event details.


Will Rogers Polo Opening Weekend
It’s polo time again! Lounge on a blanket with a picnic brunch and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you. Watch a match and then hike the park, tour Will Rogers old home or fly a kite on the most perfect kite flying field. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Thiago World Music Morning
Join Thiago, a Brazilian-American multi-instrumentalist, for a celebration of multi-cultural music and rhythms, songs and dance. Kids learn a global mix of English, Portuguese, Spanish and French songs with a socially conscious bent. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Family Fiesta Sail
Take a festive family sail from the LA Harbor and watch the sun set from the deck of a tall ship.  Sit back and relax or learn to hoist the sails and tighten the hatches from the crew. Sat. Event details.

Learn About the Wild Wolves in the Garden
This Project Wildsong interactive presentation about the importance of wolves in the wild is informative, interesting and takes place in the beautiful South Coast Botanic Gardens, so it’s gorgeous, too. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Steam Cirque, A Steampunk Circus
Circus Vargas, the animal free circus, has a new big top adventure filled with goggles, gears and gadgets: it’s the retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque, a steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

A May Day Celebration
Celebrate May Day at the Bowers Museum by making spring art projects, listening to live music and watching great performances. Sun. Event details.

Do you have any family Cinco de Mayo traditions? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose