Celebrate the first weekend of May – fiesta style! Take the family out to one of the county’s Cinco de Mayo festivals this weekend. Or learn about the history of chocolate (and sample a few bites of it too) at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. If chocolate or Cinco de Mayo are not your things, how about taking the kiddos to The NEW Children’s Museum for DIY corsage making — just in time for Mother’s Day gift ideas (think grandmas too)! Whatever you decide to do, there’s no shortage of fun in SoCal this weekend.

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San Diego

DIY Corsages
Give the gift of wearable art this Mother’s Day! Use colorful felt and rubber bands to create a forever flower that mom can wear as a hair clip, brooch or corsage. Fri., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, The NEW Children’s Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Old Town Cinco de Mayo
The fiesta 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., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Fri.), 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (Sat. – Sun.), Old Town, Free. All ages. Event details.

Walk for 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. The walk starts at 9:00 am. Sat., 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, NTC Park at Liberty Station, $15 – $40. All ages. Event details.

Chocolate Festival
Chocolate: A Uniquely American Food  features a variety of vendors offering samples of diverse types of chocolate made locally and from around the world. There will also be children’s activities, such as a scavenger hunt, craft activities, “make your own chocolate pizza” and more. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Maritime Museum of San Diego, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

North County

100 Years of Stories
Refreshments will be served and all ages are invited to enjoy a free, fun-filled afternoon in honor of San Diego County Library’s big 100th birthday. Attendees can enjoy a performance by Valley Elementary Ballet Folklorico, a Meet & Greet with Miss Poway, a free lunch (while supplies last), and a performance by the Twin Peaks Middle School Jazz Band. Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Poway Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo at La Colonia Park
Bring the family out to this free community fiesta for a live mariachi band, game booths, pinatas, crafts, performances by ballet folklorico dancers, and Mexican food. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Solana Beach, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Sage and Songbirds Festival
This family-friendly event features a live butterfly release, caterpillar races, live birds of prey, entertainment, art and craft vendors, educational seminars, and more. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Viejas Outlet Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Children’s Art Showcase
Kids ages 4 – 14 can exhibit their art at “The Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire” This is a wonderful chance for children to create art with the theme of “What California Nature means to Me.” Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Environmental Nature Center, Free. Ages 4 – 14.  Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo or preparing for Mother’s Day?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals’ Facebook page.