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Cinco de Mayo in San Francisco, a music festival in Joshua Tree and a bird festival in Oregon.

May 01, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO

Hecho en San Francisco: Not Your Usual Cinco de Mayo

When, where: May 5, CUESA's kitchen, Ferry Building

Highlights: Many of the city's best Mexican restaurants will showcase their food and drink during this inaugural event.

Cost: $50

Info: http://www.hechoensanfrancisco.eventbrite.com

JOSHUA TREE, CALIF.

Joshua Tree Music Festival

When, where: May 13-15, Joshua Tree Lake Campground

Highlights: Free spirits converge for this world-music fest. Live music plays on two stages, fans dance and kids take the Love Train, play games and do yoga and art.

Cost: $110 for a three-day pass; free for age 10 and younger; camping is $15 a night

Info: http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

SHERATON, ORE.

Tualatin River Bird Festival

When, where: May 12-15, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Highlights: This annual avian celebration presents more than 50 workshops, hikes and river excursions. Learn nature photography or how to build a birdhouse, take a guide-led bike ride, attend a winemaker's dinner and see a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator.

Cost: Events range from free to $50

Info: (503) 625-5944, Ext. 227, http://www.tualatinriverbirdfestival.org

CASTROVILLE, CALIF.

Castroville Artichoke Festival

When, where: May 21 and 22, Castroville

Highlights: This celebration of all things artichoke includes all manner of artichoke-themed foods as well as a parade, art, eating contests, field tours, live music and kids' activities.

Cost: $10; $5 for military and children age 4 to 12; free for children age 3 and younger

Info: (831) 633-2465, http://www.artichoke-festival.org

HONOLULU

Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony

When, where: May 30, Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park

Highlights: During this annual Memorial Day remembrance, thousands of people gather at sundown to release into the water more than 2,000 candlelighted lanterns to honor ancestors, loved ones who died and soldiers lost to war.

Cost: Free, though donations are accepted.

Info: http://www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com

—Avital Binshtock

travel@latimes.com

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