The Short List: May 5-7

Things are heating up! With Cinco de Mayo, the Hawaiian holiday of May Day, and trains and fairy tales to boot, this is looking like a festive and fanciful weekend.

All Weekend

33rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association is hosting their 33rd Annual Cinco de Mayo festival this weekend! Be a part of Portland’s largest multi-cultural event at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This festival promises to be loads of fun for the whole family, with authentic music, amateur boxing, artisan crafts, kids’ activities, rides, tequila and beer and so much more. Be there to welcome the Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara and artisans flown in from Jalisco, Mexico! Kids 6 and under free. $6-10, cincodemayo.org

May 5

Gnome and Fairy Gala

Feeling whimsical this weekend? This Camas First Friday is all about gnomes and fairies! Scoop up your fairy tale lovers and head to Camas to see how many gnomes and fairies you can find around town and leave food in the little fairy houses. Get your picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Gnome, roast s’mores, make fairy flower crowns and more! There will even be a craft beer brewing demonstration! Free, downtowncamas.com

May 6

Portland Train Day

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Portland Train Day, hosted by the Oregon Rail Heritage Center! The ORHC loves bringing to life Oregon’s rich locomotive history with this super fun day, commemorating the completion of the first trans-continental railroad in 1869. With live music, several food trucks, face painting, all day train rides and displays and a special appearance from Thomas the Tank Engine, this is a day your little locomotive lovers won’t want to miss! Free, donations accepted, orhf.org

May 6

May Day Celebration

Experience the aloha this weekend at this May Day Arts and Crafts Festival! May Day is a spring time celebration honoring the spirit of aloha and the Hawaiian tradition of making and giving leis. Head to Clark College to enjoy live music, hula, island arts and crafts, local foods, shave ice and more. Bring in your leis made with Pacific Northwest greenery and flowers by noon on Saturday to enter into the lei contest! Kids ages 10 and under and Clark students with valid ID get in free. $5-7, kekukuifoundation.com

May 7

Kids’ Morning Skate

Every Sunday is Kids’ Morning Skate time at Oaks Park. Get some exercise and have a blast skating to kids’ choice music. There will be skate games and activities, a free lesson by a USA Roller Sports certified coach and a visit from Chipper the Squirrel! It’s the perfect time for the little ones to get some time in the rink with their peers. Ages 10 and under. One parent free with paid child admission. $6.75, oakspark.com

About Ruth Plourde

It was the summer of 2015, and Ruth had had it up to here (read: her eyeballs) with east coast livin’, sensing that, for her, Philadelphia might be more lovable from afar. Perhaps she had listened to Tom Waits’ Goin’ Out West two too many times that day, or perhaps dreams of wine country, the Cascades, and temperate rain forests had finally stolen her heart, but once she bought that plane ticket to Portland, OR, there was no going back. Ruth is a barista by day and a poet by night/lunch break. She is currently working on her first poetry collection to be published sometime this year. She couldn’t be happier to be interning for NW Kids Magazine and to be a part of the NW Kids community!