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Cinco De Mayo Celebrations

Cinco de Mayo is known as “Día de la Batalla de Puebla” In Mexico. It is a day to give honor of the victory of Mexico over France that took place in the state of Puebla. Here in the United State, we celebrate the day with Mexican culture, food and traditions.

Cinco de Mayo can be a great source of family fun but it has also become a night out for many people. Remember to stay safe with these tips from MADD:

  • Plan ahead to designate a sober driver before going out to celebrate
  • Eat during the evening by enjoying your favorite Mexican foods during the evening
  • If you can’t plan ahead, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call a cab or friend, or call services like Uber or Lyft.
  • Use mass transit if available
  • Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are too impaired to drive.
  • be diligent – even If you don’t plan to drink this Cinco de Mayo, remember that others do.  Find out how to spot a drunk driver, and if you think you see a drunk driver on the road, learn what to do.

Here’s a few Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in and around Orange County, Los Angeles & San Diego. Have fun at the fiesta of your choice.

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Orange County

The 16th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Forth Street in Historic Downtown Santa Ana. The City of Santa Ana will be producing a FREE three day festival on May 1st, May 2nd, and May 3rd, 2015. Each year over 150,000 attend the festivities. There will be a Carnival, live entertainment, delicious food and fun for everyone.

  • When: May 1st -3rd, Fri. 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Sat. noon – 9:00 pm  and Sun. noon – 8:00 pm
  • Where: 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana
  • Cost: Event is Free

Rancho Days Fiesta, celebrate at Heritage Hill Park in Lake Forest and explore the rich history of Orange County’s ranchos and native American tribes! Celebrate with music, dance, crafts, food, and first-person presentations.

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Hertiage Hill Historical Park
  • Cost: $5 – adults and children (3-12), FREE – children (under 3) – tickets sold at the gate on the day of the event.

25th Anniversary – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Max Berg Plaza in San Clemente. This event is in celebrates its 25th year of Mexican culture in the Spanish Village by the Sea. The program features live entertainment from the traditional Mariachi’s and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups serve up authentic Mexican food fare. Other activities include a juried Art Contest, Carnival Game booths, mini attractions, and a vendor area.

  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location:Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente CA 92672
  • Cost: Event is Free
The 10th annual Silverado Cinco de Mayo & Chili Cook-Off at Irvine Lake in Silverado is hosted by Silverado Modjeska Recreation & Park District (SMRPD). Come taste and vote for the chili competition ($5.00 per person), browse the arts & craft expo with local vendors and businesses while enjoying the Cinco de Mayo entertainment lineup & family activities such as crafts, bouncehouse, facepainting and farm animal petting zoo! There are is the opportunity to tour the scenic Irvine Lake by boat (at an additional cost) or by foot for free!
  • When: Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Lake, 4621 Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA, 92676
  • Cost: Event is Free, Parking at Irvine Lake $3, $5 fee for Chili Taster’s Kit
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Los Angeles County

MOLAA Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach will host a day of performances, art, workshops, craft vendor booths and more!

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: FREE

Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street, in Downtown LA, a weekend celebration of Mexico’s victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862 with popular and traditional music, dancing and food. Enjoy mariachis, folklorico dancers, kids activities and piñatas.

  • When: Saturday, May 2nd -Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Where: Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cost: Free

Cinco de Mayo at LA Plaza, in Los AngelesCinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in Puebla, Mexico. Discover why the Battle of Puebla is a popular celebration in the Unites States and California’s connection to this history! Enjoy hands-on culinary, garden, and art workshops and enjoy a performance by Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo!

  • When: May 3, 2015, noon – 4:00 pm
  • Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St , Los Angeles, 90012
  • Cost: Free

Old Town Cinco de MayoSan Diego

A San Diego tradition since 1983, Old Town San Diego celebrates their 32nd annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015. This celebration in Old Town is the largest event of its kind in Southern California. Three days of music, food and fun. There will be 3 Live Music Stages, Cantina Garden, Low Rider Car Show, Historical Demonstrations, Equestrian performances & more!

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11: am – 10: pm (Ballet folklorico competitions starts at 9:00 am@ Fiesta de Reyes) Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Old Town San Diego, CA 
  • Cost: Event is free
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Wings over Wetlands

Free! WINGS OVER WETLANDS at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center on Saturday & Sunday, January 24-25, 2015 from 1:00 -4:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of our feathered friends during the winter bird migration!

San_Elijo_wings_over_wetlandsBird-themed crafts, face painting, and nature activities are planned for families. Conservancy naturalists will have spotting scopes and binoculars for use along the Loop Trail that overlooks San Elijo Lagoon, with excellent birding views. Kids will enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common birds.

Winter is peak migration time with birds resting and foraging at one of the few salt marshes remaining along the Pacific Flyway. Winter shorebirds and ducks are here to spend the season, many of which come from the High Arctic. The stout Bufflehead may be seen diving in the channels. Dowitchers have a feeding characteristic described like the rhythm of a sewing machine.

Approximately 40% of all North American bird species have been observed in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

Learn more about birds you’ll see with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Animal Guide.

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Directions

  • Meet live raptors in special presentations
  • Tour the loop trail and discover interactive wildlife stations
  • Make binoculars with recycled products
  • And more–check back for updates!

To reach staff or volunteers at the Nature Center, please call: (760) 634-3026. Family Discovery Days occurs rain or shine.

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Pearl Harbor Day at Cabrillo National Monument

In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Cabrillo National Monument will host  a WW2 Living History re-enactors in the military history exhibit and tour a coast artillery bunker as they reenact the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United State’s entry into the Second World War. On December 6th and 7th, 2014 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

wpid-2014-12-04_19.46.05.jpgHistory will come alive as Cabrillo National Monument is transformed back into 1940s Fort Rosecrans. Historical re-enactors will represent the men and women of the US Army and members of the 19th Coast Artillery. World War II vehicles, tents, and various displays will be set up around the park.

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Historic structures, including the army radio station and one of the observation bunkers, will be open for viewing. Some of the weekend events include a vintage Car Show, Flyover Air Raid Re-enactment & a live broadcast from Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor Day at Cabrillo National Monument
Pearl Harbor Day at Cabrillo National Monument

This is a unique opportunity to “live” history through the re-enactment. Understand and commemorate San Diego’s important role during the early days of World War II.

  • Location: Cabrillo National Monument | Map
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Fee Information: $5 per vehicle

Cabrillo National Monument, located on Point Loma at the south end of Catalina Boulevard, is open daily from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM

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Balboa Park – December Nights

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San Diego’s Balboa Park celebrates December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 37th consecutive year on December 5 & 6, 2014.

On Friday, December 5 from 3:00 -11:00 pm and Saturday, December 6 from noon – 11:00 pm. the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

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Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

**NEW THIS YEAR!! “December Flights” Zipline! Take a two hundred foot Zipline ride past the historic and beautifully lit Moreton Bay Fig Tree!

Balboa_park_decnights2Click here for complete details on parking and transportation for this event.

Balboa Park is located at: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

images and information from balboapark.org

 

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Target Free Second Sundays at the New Children’s Museum

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Target Second Sunday FREE admission day to The New Children’s Museum in San Diego is this Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Free day allows all children and families in the community to enjoy the Museum, and ensure that cost is not a barrier. Every Target Free Second Sunday also includes a variety of activities for children.

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Due to the popularity of the Target Free Second Sunday program, the Museum experiences an increased number of visitors on these days. To ensure that all visitors have a creatively fun experience, we may have to limit the number of visitors in the building at one time. Visitors may be asked to wait in line for a short period of time prior to accessing the Museum.

Target Free Second Sunday is generously sponsored by 

See more at thinkplaycreate.org

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Fall Back in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

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Celebrate the 14th Annual Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historical and Cultural Street Faire on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 from 11am – 4pm.

Kick off the autumn season with the Fall Back Festival! Enjoy this adventure back to the 1880s, where three blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter are transformed into a western town of the past, with traditional western storefronts, a Sarsaparilla Saloon and the town Jail.  Ladies and gentlemen stroll the streets dressed in Victorian garb, the Alpine Outlaws have a high-noon shootout, and there are FREE activities galore for the kids.

The whole family is engaged in the magical old-fashioned atmosphere that the Fall Back Festival brings to life each year. The idea, of course, is to make history fun and to bring the past to life.

FALL-BACK-LOGOKids can pan for gold with actual prospectors, observe a real blacksmith plying his trade, saddle up for an adventurous pony ride, or learn to churn butter and dip your own candles. Join the kids for a thrill at the old-fashioned carnival and fun activities such as inflatable jumps; there is fun to be had for everyone in the family.

Visit one of the cultural booths to learn about all the different nationalities and how they have contributed to the diverse fabric that is San Diego.

Enjoy a variety of free snacks for the kids from some of the Gaslamp’s most favorable food finds like complimentary chocolate nachos from Rockin’ Baja Lobster (and other tasty treats for sale), complimentary hot dogs from Jolt’n Joe’s, popcorn, and cotton candy.

The timelessly cherished tradition of Fall Back Festival is a FREE event for the public to enjoy. Some activities such as the carnival rides will require a minimal charge. With numerous historical demonstrators and interactive activities, this is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.

For more information, please contact 619.233.5008 or 619.233.4692, or visit www.gaslampquarter.org and www.mcfarlanepromotions.com.

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Weekend Roundup – October 24 – 26, 2014

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There’s tons of Halloween fun to be had in this Weekend Roundup.

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All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park in San Diego

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park in Irvine

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

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Friday, October 24, 2014:

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie at Latern Bay Park in Dana Point

Haunted Aquarium-Shipwrecked  at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Friday Nights at MOLAA in Long Beach

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Saturday, October 25, 2014:

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade in Anaheim

Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Halloween Zoo-tacular at OC Zoo in Orange

Boo Parade in San Diego

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Spooky Creatures in the Garden at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia

Sea Scare at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Pumpkin Glow at Pavillon Park in Irvine

Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire in Claremont Village

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Sunday, October 26, 2014:

Tidepool Terrors at Ocean Institute in Dana Point

 Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Pumpkinmania at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park in San Diego

Owl-a-ween at Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Creepy Crawlies and Night Creatures at The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach

 

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BOO! San Diego’s only Halloween Parade

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The Boo Parade is San Diego’s only Halloween parade! On October 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., The Boulevard BOO! Parade is returning to the College Area. This free, family event is bigger and spookier than ever! More floats, more zombies, more music and more surprises. More of what makes the Boulevard BOO! Parade San Diego’s only Halloween Parade.

The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. There are many places to discover in the College Area. Stop over to the After BOO Community Carnival & Float Award’s Ceremony at the College Ave Baptist Church from 11 am to 5 pm, (4747 College Ave.). Enjoy live music, carnival rides, games, cold drinks and food trucks with friends.

The College Area Business District, a non-profit corporation that manages the College Area Business Improvement District, focuses their efforts on helping small business owners in the commercial corridors in the College Area of San Diego, including El Cajon Blvd., College Ave., and Montezuma Rd. The Boulevard BOO! Parade brings thousands to the commercial district to enjoy the local restaurants and specialty shops. Sit patio side and enjoy something tasty and cool to drink while being entertained by the BOO!

BOO! Parade is produced by the College Area Business District.

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Weekend Roundup – October 17 – 19, 2014

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This Weekend’s Roundup is packed with some great choices for Halloween fun!

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 All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park in San Diego

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park in Irvine

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

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 Friday, October 17, 2014:

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Movie Under the Stars at Mason Regional park in Irvine

Whole Kids Club Cooking Class at Whole Foods, Tustin

Black & White Film Festival at Chapman University, Old Town Orange

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 Saturday, October 18 2014:

Star Wars Day at Orange Public Library & History Center in Old Town

Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

Insect Fair at Cal Poly Pomona

Art walk in Old Town Tustin

Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in Modjeska Canyon

OC Classic at Casper’s Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Not So Scary Halloween at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center in Cardiff

Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s Farms in San Diego

Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Museum in Pasadena

Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles

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Sunday, October 19, 2014:

Project Fair/Ripple Kids Event at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Museum in Pasadena

Fall Faire at Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beacch

Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

Insect Fair at Cal Poly Pomona

Autumn Sea Fair at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

Host the Perfect Thanksgiving Table at Pottery Barn

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Weekend Roundup – October 10 – 12, 2014

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Here’s this weekend’s round up of family fun events (along with a few just for adults). Enjoy!

All Month Long:

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Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center

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 Friday, October 10, 2014:

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific

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Saturday, October 11 2014:

Star Wars Reads Day nationwide at Toys R US and select Barnes & Noble and  public Libraries nationwide (see post for details)

Amazing Raptors at Nix Nature Center

Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill

Art in the Park at Newport Beach Civic Center

Junior Biologist at Aquarium of the Pacific

Second Saturdays at Shipley Nature Center

Chemistryday_SAzooSunday, October 12, 2014:

National Chemistry Day at Santa Ana Zoo

Children’s Garden Workshop at The Great Park

Learn about Columbus Day at Ocean Institute

Superhero Masquerade and FREE day at Orange County Museum of Art

My Edible Garden  at Roger’s Gardens

Prehistoric OC at Clark Regional park

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