Kentucky Derby at Willie Jane

Willie Jane will open early on Saturday in celebration of the Kentucky Derby, offering a bar menu that includes biscuits with short ribs; crispy Niman Ranch pig tails; and deviled eggs. The restaurant will be collecting donations toward, benefiting victims of the recent tragedy in Boston.

WHAT: Kentucky Derby at Willie Jane

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Willie Jane, 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 392-2425.

COST: No admission cost

Kentucky Derby at Franklin & Company

Franklin & Company is hosting a Kentucky Derby special with a $15 entree (choice of main and two sides) and $5 mint juleps (traditional and Georgia peach). Bets benefiting charity will be taken for the races.

WHAT: Kentucky Derby at Franklin & Company

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.-close

WHERE: Franklin & Company, 5923 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 463-1552.

COST: No admission cost

Cinco de Mayo Kickoff Birthday Bash

Pink Taco is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Sunset Boulevard location as well as Cinco de Mayo with a barbecue, carnival games, mariachis and tequila.

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo Kickoff Birthday Bash

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, noon-10 p.m.

WHERE: Pink Taco, 8225 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

COST: $20 presale tickets

Cinco de Mayo at Cinco

The Oaxacan retaurant will open early at 1 p.m. to kick off Cinco de Mayo, offering a $12 traditional barbacoa platter and $4 barbacoa tacos as well as two cocktail specials in addition to its regular menu. A mariachi band is scheduled to perform from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo at Cinco

WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Cinco, 7241 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 910-0894.

COST: No admission cost

From Seed to Cup Workshop

Jones Coffee Roasters will teach a workshop on how coffee goes from “seed to cup,” which will include the history of coffee as well as where it is grown and how it is processed. A tasting will take place after the workshop.

WHAT: From Seed to Cup Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, May 12, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Jones Coffee Roasters, 693 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (626) 564-9291.

COST: $35 per ticket

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