The August Travel Guide

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Summer is in full swing, which means there’s something exciting happening practically every week in August! Here’s what you could get involved in, whether you’re planning on jetting off abroad, or staying close to home…


The Medellín Flower Fair, Colombia

Each August, the capital of the peak-filled Antioquia department and second-largest city in Colombia, Medellín, blooms with kaleidoscopic flora. The region is famous for its history of flower growing, and this is celebrated with a huge festival that features parades overflowing with all kinds of blossoms and arrangements that depict the city’s culture. The ten-day event also involves live music, dancing, a dog walk, a horse fair and a classic car parade – so there’s something for everyone!

28 July – 7 August

Obon Festival, Japan

In Japan, August is a time for connecting with passed ancestors. This Buddhist tradition sees families hang lanterns on their houses to guide spirits home, visit graves and make food offerings. In one part of Japan, cucumbers are skewered and carved to make ‘spirit horses’, while aubergines are turned into cows – these creations represent the journeys that the spirits make. There’s also a special dance that is performed to welcome the dead back to the land of the living, and this varies depending on the area. When all the traditions are over, the lanterns are placed on bodies of water in order to help the spirits find their way back to their own world, making for atmospheric and emotional displays.

13-15 August

Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Hastings Park transforms for just over two weeks for a summer extravaganza that involves live performances from big-name musical acts – this year, attendees can expect to see the likes of Boyz II Men, Boney M and Billy Idol – while other happenings include drag shows, a high dive show and agriculture displays.

19 August – 4 September

Air Guitar World Championships, Finland

A silly event with a serious message, the Air Guitar World Championships might see competitors wave and strum invisible instruments, however at the heart of the contest is world peace. Taking place in Oulu, the competition is free to enter and is open to all abilities…

23-25 August 



Brighton & Hove Pride

This year marks the 31st year of the UK’s biggest Pride event. Expect colour, glitter, fabulous floats and performances by icons including Steps and Black Eyed Peas!

5-6 August

Edinburgh Fringe

The world’s largest arts festival takes over the Scottish capital once again, bringing street events, family shows, cabaret and burlesque to the city. One of the festival’s biggest draws is its comedy line-up, which features everything from up-and-coming talent to major names.

4-28 August

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest ballooning event, and for four days in August, this unusual mode of transport is celebrated with mass ascents, live music and fireworks. The most impressive – and photogenic – sights are arguably the morning mass ascents. They happen at 6am though, so you’ll have to set your alarm if you want to see a gaggle of hot air balloons rise with the sun.

1-013 August

The British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth

Each year, professional fireworks companies compete for the top spot in while putting on an incredible display for spectators!

16-17 August

International Beatleweek, Liverpool

The Fab Four’s hometown is taken over by Beatlemania for a week. Centred around the famous Cavern Club, there’s live music all day every day!

23-29 August

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2022

This immersive and sensory extravaganza is entirely free to attend and features a tightrope walk, a dance show performed on a submerged house and other weird and wonderful theatre, art, dance and circus performances. Don’t miss the Greenwich Fair on Saturday 26th.

25 August – 10 September

Notting Hill Carnival, London

The August Bank Holiday’s biggest party is back once again, and as you can imagine, it’s going to be big! There will be the usual shenanigans, plus an electric float that will mark the event’s journey towards a greener future. If the thought of a big crowd still makes you apprehensive, then you can also livestream the festivities instead.

27-28 August

World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Wales

One of the month’s more unusual events is the World Bog Snorkelling Championships that takes place in Wales. Participants must travel two lengths of a trench in a peat bog wearing a snorkel, mask and flippers. The current record time is 1 min 18.82 secs! Think you can do better?

27th August