BREAK THAT PINATACelebrate Cinco de Mayo in Live Oak Park at 4 pm on Saturday May 5. Festivities include music, games, crafts, dancing and a piñata. The city of Berkeley will host a Cinco De Mayo festival Sunday May 6 from 1 to 3 pm at Remy’s restaurant 2506 Haste St. Alta Latin Jazz Band and Mariachi Nueva Luz de San Marcos will perform.

MAKE SOME MUSIC – Become a performer! Have you ever wanted to jump from your seat to join the musicians of Berkeley Symphony performing on stage? On Saturday at Malcolm X Elementary School you’ll have your chance! The Berkeley Symphony is hosting an open–call to the community to perform alongside musicians of Berkeley Symphony. Open to instrumentalists and singers alike.

WORDS WORDS WORDSThe 10th Annual Poetry Festival brings together dozens of poets and artists in a daylong celebration of the arts. Held at Berkeley City College at 2050 Center St., the festival this year will honor poet Clive Matson with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Art from the BCC Digital Arts Club will also be on sale. Noon to 4:30 pm.

NO QUACKING HERE –Berkeley Playhouse
bills its production of Lucky Duck as Hans Christian Andersen meets “American Idol.” What happens when the ugliest duck in the barnyard yearns to be a great singing diva in this ultra-modern adaptation of the classic tale. Through May 13 at the Julia Morgan Theater.

HOUSE TRIPPING – The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) will hold its annual Spring House Tour and Garden Reception on Sunday, May 6, 2010, from 1 to 5 pm. This year’s tour focuses on the Garber Street Hill area. Tour goers will visit ten houses built between 1904 and 1927, among them wooden Craftsman-style houses, elegant Mediterranean houses, a grand and gracious half-timbered house, as well as an architect’s own home, designed by Henry H. Gutterson, Edward Seely, George T. Plowman & John Hudson Thomas, Williams & Wastell, Joseph Coward, F.E. Allen, and Louis Engler. Tour-day tickets can be purchased at the front entrance to Emerson Elementary School, 2800 Forest Avenue. Click here for more info.

To find out about more events in Berkeley and nearby, visit Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. We also encourage you to submit your own events.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...