Weekend picks

Bob Hallinen

Alaska Pacific University Outdoor Gear Swap

There might be another snowfall or two in our future this season, but it's getting harder to ignore that spring is on the way. Scope out the deals on summer gear at APU's annual swap, with kayaks, packrafts, bikes, skis, backpacks, climbing gear and more. Gear drop-off 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. APU will take a 10 percent commission to benefit APU Outdoor Programs. Swap is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Moseley Center, 4400 University Drive. (952-7592)

Celebrate break up

It's the tail end of ski season, and while that can be an occasion for regret it's also a good excuse for a party. The Merry Marmot Festival at Arctic Valley will include tubing, downhill racing on skis, kayaks and bikes, a "dummy launch" and music. Registration at 9 a.m., events start at 10 p.m., dummy launch at 6 p.m. Saturday. $10 for children, $25 for adults, $50 for families. (www.skiarctic.com)

At Alyeska, the AK Skimeister is a triathlon style event, with continuous alpine, Nordic and fat bike events. You can register individually or as a team of three to compete for snowcat skiing seats and Alaska Airlines tickets. There will be a silent auction, food and an afterparty. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Alyeska Resort, 1000 Arlberg Ave. (783-2925; akskimeister.com)

Alaska World Music Festival

Expand your musical horizons with two days of tunes from around the world. The Alaska World Music Festival will last all weekend. There will be lectures and performances on Saturday, including "Didgeridoo 101," "Recharge Your Batteries with Alaska Native Dance," "Qashqai Scarf Dance," "Latino Music in Alaska" and "Rumba Cuban Street Music." 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday ($10 in advance, $15 at the door; all workshops included in ticket price). On Sunday, six local bands will each perform a 15-minute set, followed by a 15-minute interview with Alaska Public Media's Torrie Allen. Bands include Son Latinos, Crooked Road, Tomodachi Daiko Drummers and Hmong Singing and Dance. 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday ($10 in advance, $15 at the door). Alaska Public Media, 3877 University Drive. (alaskaworldaffairs.org)

-- Compiled by Victoria Barber