How did it already get to be the end of August? We think summer flew by, even though the weather suggests it’s here to stay. If you’re not quite ready for the flurry of fall events to start, celebrate the last weekend of the month with these fun outdoor activities. Take a guided nature hike in Mission Trails. Head to the San Diego Zoo for their annual summer Nighttime Zoo celebration. Experience the magic of Coney Island at the San Diego Museum of Art. Or get your culture on at the Imperial Avenue Street Festival. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

Nighttime Zoo
Experience the San Diego Zoo at night during the summer. Your family will dance to the awesome music, hang out at Dr. Zoolittle’s Music Factory, watch an acrobatic trampoline show, and don’t miss the new music, light and video experience at the Wegeforth Bowl. Fri. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., San Diego Zoo, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland
Visit the San Diego Museum of Art and check out the celebrated icons of American art and rarely seen works of art. This new exhibit exams the lure behind this iconic landmark as it existed from 1861 to 2008. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.); 12 – 5 p.m. (Sun.), San Diego Museum of Art, $4.50 – $9 (kids under 6 free). All ages. Event details.

Celebrate Nature!
Enjoy a fun and informative morning walk led by an MTRP trail guide. Sat., 9:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details

Fins and Wings: Fins of the Post-War Era
Check out a display of classic automotive beauties with signature fin designs that left a mark on the legacy of car design. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., San Diego Automotive Museum, $4-$9/person (under 6 free), All ages. Event details.

Superhero Studio
Channel your inner superhero! Create comic book-inspired artwork in our summer studio. Fri. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Children’s Museum, Free with admission. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

North County

San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival
With goals to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library, $10-$25/person. All ages. Event details.

LeucadiART Walk
Head to Leucadia and enjoy original art by local juried artists. Listen to live music and stop by the Kids Zone for lots of fun. Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Highway 101 in Leucadia, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Imperial Avenue Street Festival
The Imperial Avenue Street Festival blends art and soul in the Greater Logan Heights community, one of San Diego’s most historic and unique neighborhoods. Festival attendees will groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages and enjoy offerings of four blocks of local artists, crafts, gourmet food and beverages. Columbian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Imperial Avenue Street Festival is not to be missed. Sat., 12 – 8 p.m., Imperial Avenue, Between 28th and 30th Streets, Free. All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Tom Woodward via flickr