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Top Summer Festivals this August

05 August, 2009 09:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s summer, it’s sizzling and it’s time to party. What better way than with some of the hippest, funkiest and unique festivals from all over the world this August.

San Jose Jazz Fest, USA
7th- 9th August

One of the finest music festivals in the U. S, this festival attracts over 1000 artists and 100,000 jazz lovers from around the world. Jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica and many other forms of contemporary music are the order of the day. If that sounds like music to your ears, the place to head for is San Jose.

Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland
14th August – 6th September

Concerts, opera, theatre, ballet, dance, orchestra – the world-renown Edinburgh Festival has it all. Performances take place in six major concert halls and theatres and a number of smaller venues as well. The best occasion to savour the classics.

Audi- Hamilton Island Race Week, Queensland
22nd – 29th August

This is one for the regatta enthusiasts. Thousands of sailors, their families, and friends make the annual pilgrimage to the Australian tropics to enjoy some of the most competitive and enjoyable racing to be had at any regatta in the world. 2008 boasted of a record fleet of 225 yachts.

Assa Abloy Henley-on-Todd Regatta, Alice Springs Australia
22nd August

Now here’s a weird one… this is a regatta with a difference. Unlike other regattas, the Assa Abbloy Henley-on-Todd Regatta takes place on the dry beds of River Todd. Teams and individuals race ‘boats’ which take on strange forms like 'bath tubs', 'yachts' and 'oxford tubs' on the dry river beds in outback Alice Springs. A hilarious and insane experience and one that’s for a good cause. Proceeds are donated to charity.

Ganesh Chaturthi, India
23rd August

This is the birthday of the famous Elephant God in Hinduism. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of India’s biggest festivals and is celebrated with gusto across the country. Clay idols of the Elephant God varying from one inch to 25 feet are decorated and worshipped. On the eleventh day, the idol is taken through the streets in a procession before being immersed in a river or the sea. 

La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain
27th August

Now this is fun. This August, head to the world’s largest tomato fight. The action happens in Bunol, a little town in Spain about 30 miles from the Mediterranean. On the last Wednesday of August, the locals explode into a tomato flinging frenzy. For a full week leading to the epic ‘batalla’, the town is filled with parades, fireworks, food and street parties. Join in the battle frenzy.

Puck Fair, Killorglin, Ireland
10th – 12th August

This is Ireland’s most unusual street festivals. From horse fairs to puppet shows, circus routines to parades, you’ll find it all crammed in three days of non-stop, free family entertainment. A great option for those looking for wholesome, family fun.

Wine Festival, Baja California, Mexico
7th – 23rd August

As the name suggests, this festival is for the wine lovers. Every summer, the wineries of Baja California, Mexico host an amazing series of wine, food, music and cultural events throughout the region. Join in and discover new favourites this month.

Please note that there may be changes to the dates, events and line-ups at the festivals. For detailed information, check the official websites.


Sidd Lobo
Freelance writer based out of Munich


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