The weekend schedule is bursting with special events and cultural fun for families. See Luchadores wrestling and more live entertainment, rides, and family fun at the Cinco de Mayo waterfront festival. Enjoy performances for families as part of the Japanese Garden’s Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) festival. Catch a glimpse of Sushiphants or Acrobatiphants at the Elephabet exhibit and brunch celebration at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Or settle in and watch one of Studio Ghibil’s much-beloved animated films as a month-long retrospective kicks off.


The Movies of Studio Ghibil (pictured)
Studio Ghibli’s films (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) are loved by audiences of all ages throughout the world for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. May 4 – 27. Matinees and evening shows. $9. Young movie lovers. Event details.

28th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival
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.

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)
The Portland Japanese Garden celebrates Kodomo no Hi with a variety of activities and performances for families, including tea for children in the Kashintei Tea House, the making of paper kabuto helmets and paper koi kites, taiko drumming, and the release of 23 new koi into the Lower Pond. Sat. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Admission: $9.50 adults, $7.50 6-17, kids 5 and under free. All ages. Event details.

Elephabet Brunch and Book Signing
The college’s on-campus café will be hosting the ElephaBrunch, where every dish will have an Elephabet theme and original artwork will grace each table. Sun. 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Up to $20. All ages. Event details.


Once-Upon-a-Time Theatre
At the first Classic children’s stories brought to life each month with the help of those who love them most—this month help Puss in Boots fool a King. Sat. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Portland Metro Arts $1.00 children/$2.00 Adults. 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.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen