One of the best meteor showers of the year is the Perseids, which peaks over the weekend of August 10/11 and into the 12th. From 50 to 100 meteors an hour is possible. Like most meteor showers, the Perseids produce their best show before dawn, but the constellation Perseus rises after the sun sets in the north-northeast, therefore any time of evening will still give you decent odds of catching some meteors. This shower often produces fireballs and swift-moving meteors and is courtesy of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle.
For planet watchers, Venus is still eye-catching in the west at sunset. It glides under the feet of Leo the Lion, heading toward Virgo. On August 9, find the crescent moon is to the lower left of Venus after sunset. On August 11, Venus crosses the border into Virgo, heading toward the constellation’s brightest star, Spica, but the two won't meet until September. The moon, however, visits Saturn and Spica on August 12, lying between them as it shines at 35-percent lit.