From talking like a pirate to a Wild West adventure, this weekend has lots to offer San Diego families. Head to the Maritime Museum for the annual Pirate Days adventure. Dress up your little cowboys and cowgirls for the Wild West Fest in Carlsbad. Enjoy an outdoor festival or fun and entertainment at Explore Mission Trails. Or run with some Olympians at the Chula Vista Community Fun Run. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Pirate Days
Bring the kiddos for this celebration that includes a costume contest, carnival games, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, mermaid grotto and scavenger hunt for pirate treasure. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Maritime Museum of San Diego, $8 – $16/person (2 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Explore Mission Trails Day
Explore Mission Trails Day will take place in several locations in the spectacular nearly 7,000-acre Mission Trails Regional Park. Free activities for all ages and skill levels mainly take place including guided family nature hikes, mountain biking demos, pony rides, live reptile and raptor encounters, dozens of hands-on Discovery Stations, and a climbing wall for children. Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Free Swim Lesson Saturday
Today is National Learn to Swim Day. Visit the Kroc Center where swimmers of all skill levels are gets  free lesson. Sat., 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., The Salvation Army Kroc Center Pool, Free. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

North County

Wild Wild West
Dust off your cowboy hat and boots for this annual even featuring live music, a mechanical bull ride, a salsa contest, pony rides and more. Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, $6/activity bands; $3/salsa tasting. All ages. Event details.

Community Band Festival
This annual festival salutes the Armed Forces with a weekend of patriotic tunes, military and concert bands, music vendors, steam locomotive train rides, and more. Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Old Poway Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival
Bring the family to downtown Escondido for hundreds of vendors, multicultural cuisine and family entertainment. Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Downtown Escondido, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

El Cajon Valley Jamboree
Enjoy live music, karaoke, food, an obstacle course, air bungee jump, carnival rides, and lots more fun for the entire family. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Holy Trinity Church, Free admission. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Chula Vista Community Fun Run
Enjoy a 5K course through Olympic Village, meet Olympians and hopefuls, visit the community expo, and get a commemorative t-shirt too. Sat., 8 a.m., Olympic Training Center, $10-$20/person. All ages. Event details

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments! 

– Leah R. Singer

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