Every year for my brother's birthday the heavens put on a nice meteor show. Peaking around August 12 (happy birthday, Neil!), the Perseid meteor shower is one of the better-known ones in the northern hemisphere, if only because it's on a nice summer night. This year it's especially good because it's happening over a weekend (making it easier to stay up late) and during a new Moon (making it much much easier to spot meteors).
I am probably the worst space blogger to try to tell you anything about the meteor shower, because I am in no way an astronomer, for the primary reason that I am strictly not a night person. As soon as the Sun goes down, so do I. Fortunately, Bruce Betts has stepped up to provide much more useful information: "Don't Miss a Great Perseid Meteor Shower and a Total Lunar Eclipse."