You may have heard of the Mexican American holiday Cinco de Mayo—and you’ll certainly see the mucho grande fiesta on the waterfront this weekend. But did you know that the 5th of May is also Children’s Day in Japan and Liberation Day in The Netherlands? The Tigard Library is celebrating all three holidays with flower crafts, kite making, and flag art. You can also step back into history in Forest Grove as McMenamin’s Grand lodge is transformed into a medieval village. Or just celebrate the opening of your neighborhood farmers market—a couple more swing into action this week.

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Cinco de Mayo Festival (pictured)
Enjoy authentic food, rides, and family fun like the Plaza de Niños children’s area, Balloon Magic, children’s folklorico dancers, piñata and more. Fri-Sun. Waterfront Park. Adults (13 and older), $8.00; Child (6-12 years), $4.00; Children under 6 years old, free. Free on Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. All ages. Event details.

Fun Sundays at Chinese Garden
Enjoy family-friendly crafts and basic Mandarin instruction at the Chinese Garden Sundays throughout May. Sun. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.


Kentucky Derby at EaT

Join EaT for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and watch those horses Run for the Roses. Big hats encouraged. Sat. 4:00 pm. Crawfish boil begins at noon, race at 3:30. All ages. Event details.

King Farmers Market Opening
In addition to shopping for farm-fresh produce and other local specialty foods, there is lots going on each Sunday, including music the whole family will enjoy, including one of the nicer playgrounds in the area. Sat. 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


International Holiday Celebration
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (Mexico), Children’s Day (Japan) and Liberation Day (The Netherlands) with flower crafts, kite making, and flag art. Sun. Tigard Library. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. All ages. Event details.

Faire in the Grove
Activities include live heavy armored combat, rapier, dance, music, story telling, merchants, merchants, merchants, juggling, medieval cooking, and textile demos, book binding, leather working, strolling musicians, singers and dancers throughout the day. Sat and Sun. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. McMenamin’s Grand Lodge. Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you be celebrating this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen