Are you counting down the days until school starts? Only two more weekends if your kiddos go back after Labor Day. Before you start dancing to the Staples’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” commercial, finish off the summer with a few San Diego and Orange County weekend events. From the circus to tomato picking to an Elvis Festival — there’s something for every family!

San Diego

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus
Get ready for the circus — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that is. This family event, entitled DRAGONS, is a once-in-a-millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon! Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth will show off their talents in exciting acts of bravery and entertainment. Ringling Bros. Thurs. – Sun., Times vary, Valley View Casino Center, Prices vary. All ages. Event Details.

North County

Come celebrate all-things homemade, healthy and homegrown. The event includes a Farmers’ Market, lectures, and cooking for kids. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Center for a Healthy Lifestyle, Free. All ages. Event Details.

Beach Blanket Movie Night
Don’t let summer go by without a family trip to an outdoor movie festival. Enjoy kid-friendly films and enter into a raffle for prizes. Sat., 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Fletcher Cove Park, Free. All ages. Event Details.

Feeling Fit Festival
Get ready for trail hikes, sports clinics, fitness demos, surf simulations, and health and fitness exhibitors at the Feeling Fit Festival. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Leo Mullen Sports Park, All ages. Free. Event Details.

South Bay

Polynesian Dance and Crafts
Bring the family to Bonita for a taste of Polynesian culture. Celebrate with dance lessons, crafts and themed refreshments. Feel like you’re in the Hawaiian Islands without leaving San Diego. Sat., 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Bonita Sunnyside Library, All ages. Free. Event Details.

Pedal, Pick and Grin 
Suzie’s Farm Pedal, Pick & Grin will bring together the families of Suzie’s Farm and the San Diego community for a fun afternoon on the farm. This family u-pick event features 15 varieties of tomatoes and 20 varieties of peppers grown on the farm this year. Additional events include an all-ages bicycle parade around the farm. Sun., 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Suze’s Farm, $2 per pound. All ages. Event Details.

Orange County

Home & Garden Show
Enjoy the family-frienly annual Anaheim Home & Garden Show. For a small donation to the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, you can enter to win a playhouse. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish. Sun., 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center,  All ages. $5 – $7 (military and kids free). Event Details.

Elvis Festival
Get out your blue suede shoes for the 13th Annual Elvis Festival featuring “The Magic of Elvis.” This fun family-friendly Orange County event is not to be missed. All Elvis flash mob will appear. Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Orange County Market Place, All ages. Prices vary. Event Details.

— Leah R. Singer

Photo Credit: Leah R. Singer