Weekend Alert Bean

Happy first day of May, and more importantly, happy weekending, Chicago. If you can't wait until the weekend to check out awesome shows, kite festivals Cinco de Mayo parades and all that jazz, join Choose Chicago tomorrow afternoon at Goose Island Wrigleyville for a well-earned half day in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week. Register for the free event here, and while you're at it check out this week's Weekend Alert.

Chicago International Movies and Music Festival - CIMMfest 2014 (5/1-4)

CIMM Fest 2014

Back for its sixth year celebrating the connection between music and movies, CIMM Fest has a line up that will knock your socks off, and put your dancing shoes on. Over the course of the four day festival, you'll get the chance to see international film premieres, live concerts, DJ/VJ sets, live score performances, exhibits - are you pumped yet? For a run down of must-see festival events, check out music guru Katie's CIMM Fest Post.

Blance Neige (Snow White) at the Harris Theatre (5/2-4)

Blanche Neige

You may have seen the classic tale of Snow White before, but never like this. Renowned French dance company Ballet Preljocaj will perform its own contemporary take on Blanche Neige (Snow White) this weekend only, basing their interpretation on the Grimm Brothers' original fairy tale. The Friday and Saturday performances of this stirring show are geared toward an older audience, and the Sunday matinee will be age appropriate for all. 

Chicago Kids and Kite Festival (5/3)

Kite Festival

What's better excuse to get kids outside is flying a kite? Celebrate springtime outdoors this Saturday at Cricket Hill near Montrose Beach for the annual tradition of the Chicago Kids and Kite Festival! From 10AM-4PM, you'll find the hill covered in kite-flyers, kite kits, kite-face painting, and fun for the whole family. Learn more about the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival from our family blogger Amy's Kites and Kids Fest blog post.

Arlington Park Derby Day (5/3)

Arlington Derby

Can't make it down to Kentucky this weekend? Head outside the city limits and take part in the biggest Kentucky Derby party in Chicagoland! Better yet, be one of the first 1,000 guests through the Admission Gates and get in for free. Or if you don't feel like leaving Chicago, bring your Mint Juleps and big hats down to Joe's Bar on Weed for the Derby Days Street Festival and take part in party games galore in the Derby spirit.

Chicago GLBT Travel Expo (5/4)

GLBT LGBT Travel expo

Housed in the Center on Halsted, the Chicago GLBT Travel Expo will feature hotel, railroad, cruise line, travel agents, and exotic destination exhibitors all dedicated to making you the perfect vacation, business trip, or honeymoon! You'll find fantastic deals, and learn more about the new hottest destinations to travel enough to have you ready for that cruise you've always wanted to take and that vacation you've always dreamed of. 

Cinco de Mayo Parade (5/4)

Pilsen

Celebrate in honor of the victory of the Mexican forces at the Battle of Puebla in Pilsen this weekend! The annual parade begins at 12PMat the intersection of Cermak Rd and Wood St.