Today May has arrived and it appears to have brought some summer-like temps with it to kick-off its first weekend. It also appears to have brought some events for us to enjoy, get out, and feel somewhat normal again! Let’s get started!!

It’s time again to celebrate the holiday of Cinco de Mayo, which has become an international celebration of Mexican traditions and cuisine. 

Here are a few of those events taking place this weekend:

Cinco de Mayo Party Cruises on Lake Michigan are being offered May 1 through May 8 by Anita Dee II, located at DuSable Harbor on the south side of the Chicago River at Lake Shore Drive. Cruise aboard their 140-foot luxury yacht to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a live DJ. These cruises are for adults only (21+) and have multiple full bars onboard serving up cocktails, beer, and wine. Don’t you think it’s time to get out and enjoy our city aboard a cruise!!

The Cinco de Mayo Party at Moe’s Cantina (3518 N. Clark St.) is the place to be this Saturday (12 p.m.-3 p.m.) to get out and enjoy the day-drinking culture of Chicago at the biggest Mexican bar in Wrigleyville also with a live DJ! Tickets include a private table, 4 drink tickets per person (valid for margaritas or Mexican beer), and more!!

Plot out your Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Chicago with this handy guide that includes Cinco de Mayo events, 11 margaritas you should try, best Mexican restaurants, the 23 best tacos in Chicago, 18th Street walking tour, where to find cheap tacos, BYOB Mexican restaurants, and more!

Let’s not forget the Kentucky Derby watch parties being hosted this Saturday (3 p.m.-6 p.m.) by Green Curtain Events and presented by White Claw-Made Pure at The Reveler (3403 N. Damen Ave.) – Lakeview; Fatpour Tap Works (2005 W. Division St.) – Wicker Park; Rebel & Rye (726 W. Grand Ave.) – West Town; and HVAC Pub (3530 N. Clark St.) – Wrigleyville.

The Music Box Theatre along with local horror merch purveyors Creepy Co. will be celebrating Half-O-Ween: Horror Weekend at the Drive-In in anticipation of the spookiest season, which is only six months away! A series of Half-O-Ween movie screenings will occur at the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In (2343 S. Throop St.) in the Pilsen neighborhood. Saturday will feature a double feature of the flowery May Day thriller Midsommar followed by the surreal ‘70’s satanic horror flick Alucarda. The weekend closes out with a double feature of Friday The 13th Part III and the subversive slasher Sleepaway Camp on Sunday. Access to each screening begins 30 minutes before the scheduled start time, along with special pre-show presentations, movie trivia, and exclusive goodies from Creepy Co.!

In case you haven’t heard yet, Navy Pier has reopened! And to celebrate its reopening, you can catch the FIRST Navy Pier Fireworks show of the season at 9 p.m. this Saturday. Enjoy them from the Pier’s various public spaces or take in the show from nearby beaches or while cruising along the Lakefront Trail!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago