Looking for fun activities to do this weekend? Look no further because this August weekend in Southern California is jam-packed with great events! Kids can get artsy and crafty at the ArtWalk NTC or enter a painting contest at Exclusive Collections Gallery in Seaport Village. Families can pick veggies and hang out at Suzie’s Farm. Or have some old-fashioned rodeo fun at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

Finger Painting Friday: Oh, Fishsticks!
Make a colorful fish painting and create your own “swimming” stick puppet to take home! Fri., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free with admission. Age 3 and under. Event details.

ArtWalk NTC
ArtWalk NTC features more than 150 artists, a dozen live musicians, a variety of food and interactive art activities for kids. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, NTC Liberty Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

Kids Creative Art Painting Contest
This is a free kids art painting contest for kids ages K-8. All supplies will be provided. The artwork will be judged by four top renowned artists various prizes will be awarded. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Exclusive Collections Gallery (Seaport Village), Free ($10 suggested donation). Ages K – 8 grade. Event details.

Car Toys Exhibit
Today marks the first day of this amazing new exhibit. Car lovers are invited to check out all kinds of car-related toys. From go karts, models, pedal cars and soap box derby cars — there’s something for every car lover to check out! Sun., – Sept. 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, San Diego Automotive Museum, $5 – $8. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Pedal, Pick and Grin
Bring the family to Suzie’s Farm for their annual Pedal, Pick & Grin. This event is a celebration of the summer harvest, specifically the many varieties of tomatoes and peppers grown on the farm this year. Kids and parents can enjoy farm tours, live music from G Burns Jug Band and The Big Decisions, food trucks, and a bicycle parade. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Suzie’s Farm, Free ($2 per pound of veggies picked). All ages. Event details.

North County

Fun with Ronald McDonald
Come out and meet everyone’s favorite Happy Meal star! Ronald McDonald has lots of magic, songs, games and prizes for kids. Sat., 1:00 pm, McDonald’s (Oceanside), Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

SoCo Summer Outdoor Movie Night
Join SOCO and The OC Mix for a fun-filled outdoor movie night, featuring the Disney movie, Up! Be sure to come hungry and grab delicious food and drinks from your favorite SOCO and The OC Mix tenants. Special guests include Couture Paintings & Eva Lempert Photography will provide FREE face painting and photo booth photos! Fri., 7:30 pm, The Courtyard, $5 – $8. All ages. Event details.

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo
The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is old-fashioned entertainment for the entire family! Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo has tons of cowboy and Western activities for bull-riding Rodeo folks and kiddos. Sat. and Sun., times vary, Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Getting artsy around town, picking veggies or playing outdoors?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of ArtWalk NTC Photos.