photo: Cinco de Mayo Old Town

This weekend is bursting at the seams with cultural events from a Cinco de Mayo fiesta to Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) at the Japanese Friendship Garden. The Mom Made Market and 2017 Barrio Logan Grand Prix are also in town and Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! Read on for where all the magic is happening…

Old Town

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
The Fiesta has an incredible variety of festivities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including lucha libre matches, Lowrider Lane and an auto showcase, food and drink specials at Old Town restaurants, a petting zoo & pony rides, live music including mariachi, norteno and much more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

Children’s Day at Japanese Friendship Garden
Join the Japanese Friendship Garden to celebrate Children’s Day, or Kodomo-no-hi, which was originally known as Tango-no-Sekku, or Boy’s Day, and is traditionally celebrated on May 5th. This national holiday in Japan celebrates the happiness and well-being of all children and expresses gratitude for mothers. Colorful carp streamers (koinobori) and elaborate samurai helmet displays are showcased in and around the house to symbolize courage and strength. These decorations also bring good fortune to the boys in the home and wish for them to grow to be strong and wise. Fri. Event details.


North Coast San Diego Spring/Summer Children’s Consignment Event
This children’s consignment event features high quality, boutique children’s clothes, toys, baby equipment/accessories, maternity clothes and much more! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Barrio Logan

2017 Barrio Logan Grand Prix
Join in the thrill of fast-paced bicycle racing by pro racers, top-level amateurs and a fun children’s cycling event. The Barrio Logan Grand Prix has become one of Southern California’s largest cycling events. Spectators are treated to numerous views of the racers along city streets in the Barrio Logan area during the races that are held throughout the day. For more information about the event or to register for the event visit Sat. Event details.

Mira Mesa

Asian Cultural Festival
The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego celebrates its 8th year as San Diego’s celebration for Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Festival features martial arts, cultural dances and exhibitions, cooking demos, entertainment, games, food, two stages with over 30 cultural, traditional, and contemporary acts. Sat. Event details.

Del Mar

The Mom Made Market
The Mom Made Market supports local, mom-made businesses by showcasing their wares at this fun, two-day shopping event. The Del Mar Fairground location allows for convenient and plentiful parking, shade (the event is indoors), wide aisles and concrete floors to make shopping stroller-friendly while perusing lots of amazing vendors. There will be plenty of food and fun for kids. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Liberty Station

San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals
Attend a doggone fun fundraiser that helps animals at “Walk for Animals,” a 2-mile walk at NTC Park at Liberty Station. Start the day at 7 a.m. by eating a pancake breakfast and perusing vendor village. At 8:30 a.m. there will be a blessing of the animals, at 8:45 a.m. you’ll warm up with Leash Your Fitness and the walk begins at 9 a.m.. Dog inspired activities and vendor village continue until noon. All registered participants will receive a commemorative Walk for Animals T-shirt. Note: All pets must be on a leash at all times. Sat. Event details.

Rancho Bernardo

Hullabaloo Family Music Festival
Enjoy a fun filled-celebration of music, dance and family at the Hullabaloo Family Music Festival in the beautiful setting of the Bernardo Winery. Bring a picnic blanket and savor a glass of wine while the tunes play. Hullabaloo and Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees will each perform two sets of music. The folks from GroovaRoo will also be at the event to show families how to jam. Sat. Event details.

San Diego

Free Comic Book Day
What better way to enjoy comics than celebrating Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6? Comic books are visually stimulating and really complete the picture, as far as words and images working together to tell a story. They’re also a valuable tool for beginning readers. At this annual event, participating comic book shops across the nation give away free comic books to anyone who comes into their stores. That’s right, we said free! Check out the list of free comics available at your nearest shop with this store locator. Each store has different hours, so call beforehand to see what time they’ll be opening on that day. Sat. Event details.

Solana Beach

Just for Kids Cooking Class: Mother’s Day Confections
Chef Lisa Porfirio will help budding bakers create extra special sweet confections for mom in honor of Mother’s Day. Each participant will prepare and package their edible gifts to take home. Recipes include: chocolate bark, individual almond cakes with strawberries and cardamom shortbread cookies. Register for the class here. Sun. Event details.

Where will you be enjoying your weekend? Let us know in the comments!

–– Beth Shea