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. Touch a Truck and save a life at this popular event. Or pretend you’re a World War I Flying Ace at Open Cockpit Days. 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. Adults carrying replica weapons must have them peace tied. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Maritime Museum of San Diego, $9 – $17/person (2 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Open Cockpit Days
Climb aboard historic aircraft and feel like a real pilot! Also check out 27 aircraft on display and artifacts from World War I to present day. Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Free. All ages. Event details.

Gymboree Grand Re-Opening
Join us as we celebrate the remodeling and unveiling of new equipment and classes at our center in Clairemont Mesa. To celebrate, Gymboree Play & Music will be holding a free open house for parents and kids. Join us for music, play and art activities, prize raffles and goodies! Sun., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Gymboree of Claremont Mesa, Free. Ages 0-5. Event details.

Festival of the Arts in North Park
The all-day festival features local art, a popular array of live music and dance performances, interactive experiences, artisan items for sale, delicious locally-driven dining options and more. Sat., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., North Park Commercial District, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Wild Wild Fest
Enjoy a day of Western fun with a salsa contest, pony rides, mechanical bull riding and root beer tasting. Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park, Free admission (activities extra). All ages. Event details.

Sea Days: Bird of a Feather
Celebrate Migratory Bird Day as you learn about ocean-grig birds, explore migrations and find out the eyes spots to catch a glimpse of birds around town. Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Touch a Truck
Touch a Truck is a car show for kids…military and emergency response vehicles, race cars, motorcycles and off-road trucks, construction vehicles of all types, classic car and trash trucks…even a stage coach and helicopter. Add to that the doors of these vehicles are open for the kids to sit in the driver’s seat and explore. Sun., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Canyon Crest Academy, $10/adult (13 years & older); $30/kiddo (1 year & up). All ages. Event details.

East County

El Cajon’s America on Main Street
This awesome festival features live entertainment, multicultural food, rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and a climbing rock wall. Enjoy live bands, a scavenger hunt and salute our veterans! Sat., 12 – 8 p.m., Downtown El Cajon, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are your weekend plans? Tell us in the comments! 

— Leah R. Singer