From fun activities to celebrate mom to Cinco de Mayo to outdoor fun, we’ve rounded up some great events happening this Mother’s Day weekend. Indulge in chocolate at the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Chocolate Festival. Take the family (furry kids too) to the Walk for Animals event at Liberty Station. Or head to one of the many outdoor festival happening. Whatever you do, we wish you a happy and relaxing Mother’s Day!

jumping kidsPhoto: greyerbaby via Morguefile

San Diego

Old Town Cinco de Mayo
This celebration has an incredible variety of festivities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including a special kids area and stage. Enjoy a car show, chalk art, shopping, Mexican wrestling, and rope tricks. Enjoy carriage rides, pony rides, and carnival rides; plus soccer matches, and displays. Fri. -Sun., 11 a.m., Old Town, Free. All ages. Event details.

Walk for the Animals
This annual event by San Diego Humane Society & SPCA raises funds to help homeless and abused animals. The event features a pancake breakfast, a scenic two-mile walk, vendors, and doggie activities and contests. Sat., 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., NTC Park at Liberty Station, $15 – $40/entrant. All ages. Event details.

Asian Cultural Festival
The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego celebrates its 5th 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, and food. Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mira Mesa Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Gator by the Bay
Gator By The Bay is the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. It features four days of live music with over 85 musical acts on six stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Spanish Landing Park, $25+/adult; Free for kids 17 and under. All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Painting and Perfume Workshop
If you’re looking for a memorable and fun Mother’s Day activity for you and your kiddo, head to Pachis Art Studio for Kids. You will work together to create a very special “mom” inspired painting and finish the morning by making your very own floral and herbal natural perfume sprays to take home with you. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Pachis, An Art Studio for Kids, $30 for a child and adult, $10 for siblings. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


North County

Chocolate Festival
Treat the special mom, grandmother or aunt to the San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival on the day before Mother’s Day. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Diego Botanic Gardens, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Food and Farm Family Fun Day
Take a family outing to our beautiful organic garden and Victorian home to explore the connections between food, health, and a healthy planet. Participate in hands-on cooking, gardening, and educational activities as a family. See the whole “farm to table” process unfold before you. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, $15/person (space is limited). Ages 3 and up. Event details.

How are you rocking Mother’s Day weekend? Tell us in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer (photo too)