Saturday, May 3
12noon-5pm—Commerce Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Bristow Park. Live mariachi music, great food, free kiddie rides, raffles, pinatas, boxing show, “Hot Shot” exhibition games & wrestling match. Park is located at 1466 S. McDonnell Ave, Commerce 90040. For more information, call (323) 269-5603.
Sunday, May 4
11am-6pm—Cinco de Mayo Family Festival at Whittier Narrows Regional Park. Enjoy live entertainment from Voz de Mando, Noel Torres, Fidel Rueda, Don Cheto & others. Lots of games, product samples, raffle prizes and more. Visit Covered California’s Health Pavilion, a unique exhibit area featuring an interactive zone for kids, education materials, free health screenings, and nutrition samples and giveaways. MAOF to benefit from sponsorships. Whittier Narrow is located in South El Monte. For more information, go to www.CincoDeMayoFestival.net
12noon-4pm—Cinco de Mayo Family Day at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles. Free family event. The Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA presents a special performance of the play “The Real Cinco de Mayo: Made in California,” based on the book by Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, who will discuss his book following the play. There will art activities, garden and culinary workshops for children of all ages. LA Plaza is located across from Olvera Street, entrance on Main Street.
12noon-4pm—Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Long Beach. The family-friendly event includes craft vendors, face painting, art workshops, children’s storytime, traditional music and dance, Mariachi Romanza, and docent-led tours of the galleries. Admission is free. MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information, call (562) 437-1689.
1-6pm—32nd Annual Monterey Park Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Barnes Park Amphitheater . Free event will feature a wide variety of entertainers, including folklorico dancers, mariachis and other traditional Mexican music. Amphitheatre is located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave. For more information, visit www.ci.monterey-park-ca.us
Tuesday, May 6
5pm—¡Viva El Mariachi! At the Bell Gardens Library kicks off month-long celebration of Mexican culture with traditional Mexican music, played by Mariachi Monumental de America. This program is part of the Latino Cultural series for families to enjoy. Free admission, all ages. Library is located at 7110 S. Garfield Ave. Bell Gardens, 90201. For more information, call (562) 927-1309.
Wednesday, May 7
4-5pm—The Mariachi Magicians at the Anthony Quinn Library. Free Cinco de Mayo celebration of magic and wonder in this amazing show featuring magicians Rafael and Katia. Library is located at 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 264-7715.
Friday, May 9
6-8:30pm—Consul General of Mexico Presents Discussion “El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition”/ “Las Juntas Patrióticas de Señoras Mexicanas,” with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista. Learn about the contributions Mexican women in California made in support of President Juárez’s government during the French Intervention. The Mexican Consulate is located at 2401 W. 6th St., LA 90057.
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