10 Best Festivals in August

While some travelers are drawn to the beaches in August, others are looking for more interesting reasons to travel. One of the best reasons to book a trip is a festival, specifically one that matches your hobbies. During the month of August, festivals take many forms, including music, food, and art festivals. Keep reading for a list of some of the best festivals in August that might inspire one more summer trip.

Atlanta Music Festival

Have you been looking for an excuse to visit Atlanta, Georgia? If so, one of the best festivals in August takes place here: the Atlanta Music Festival. Whether you're into classical music or more modern genres, this event is packed full of performances throughout the city.

Boston International Comedy and Music Festival

Some travelers prefer festivals that feature more than one type of event. This is the case at Boston's International Comedy and Music Festival, an event that allows you to choose what you're in the mood for: comedy shows or music performances.

Columbus Wine Festival

Every August, wine lovers plan trips to Columbus, Ohio to attend the Columbus Wine Festival. While many other wine festivals are held during harvest season in September and October, the Columbus Wine Festival provides the opportunity to learn about local wines during the month of August.

Elvis Week

Every August in Memphis, Tennessee there is a festival to celebrate Elvis. During Elvis Week music fans plan a trip to Memphis to commemorate the musician's beloved music as well as to participate in competitions on who is the best Elvis impersonator.

Hamptons Comedy Festival

There are many reasons to plan a trip to the Hamptons in August including beaches, sailing, and seafood. One more thing to add to that list is the Hamptons Comedy Festival. This annual event brings comedians and up-and-coming stand-up comics to the Hamptons for nightly performances. Vacation rentals in the Hamptons during August are often booked very far in advance so, if possible, try and make your plans to attend as early as possible for the best selection of rentals.

Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Star Trek fans convene in Las Vegas every August for this annual event. If your friends don't share your love of Star Trek, head to Las Vegas where you will meet plenty of other Star Trek enthusiasts during this popular convention.


For music fans, one of the best festivals in August is definitely Lollapalooza. This outdoor festival held in Chicago attracts an impressive lineup of popular musicians every year who take the stage in Grant Park in the beginning of August every year. Check out the Lollapalooza website for a list of musicians that have performed over the last several years.

Telluride Mushroom Festival

Food fans have a long list of festivals to choose from these days, but few are as specific as the Telluride Mushroom Festival. This August festival in Telluride gives mushroom enthusiasts the chance to learn about varieties indigenous to Colorado and how to prepare them at home.

Newport Jazz Festival

Newport, Rhode Island is a very appealing destination in the summer with its traditions of sailing, lazy days on the beach, and long seafood dinners. Another feather in its cap is the Jazz Festival that takes place every August.

Seattle Tattoo Expo

During August, there are festivals for all types of travelers. If you're enthusiastic about tattoos, the place to be in August is Seattle, at the Seattle Tattoo Expo. You are sure to see an incredible variety of body art during this convention.


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