One of my favourite things about exploring the globe is being able to go to some of the most intriguing and exciting festivals the world has to offer! Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been sharing some of the best festivals around the world which happen each month, and August definitely has some incredible events!
Festival de Tango
Mid-August – Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Festival de Tango is Argentina’s premier tango festival, celebrating the Nation’s iconic dance. Attracting dancers and visitors from across the Globe, the two week festival also includes the Tango Mundial – the world cup of Tango! Whilst dancing is the main component to this festival, for those of us with two left feet, there is still plenty to get involved with. From viewing films about the dance, listening to tango singers, attending theatre shows or taking a beginner’s lesson, there is something for everyone at this vibrant city-wide festival!
First Week in August – Budapest, Hungary
First organised in 1993, the Sziget Festival has become one of the biggest musical events in Europe, home to rock concerts, classic performances, cabarets, literary presentations, and events for children. Running for 6 days, the festival features over 1,000 shows played over 60 stages!
International Balloon Fiesta
02-15 August 2021 – Bristol, UK
The International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s biggest hot air balloon festival, with over 150 balloons taking to the skies throughout the event. If you’re lucky, you can also treat yourself to a unique hot air balloon ride over the stunning Ashton Court Mansion in Bristol, before enjoying a night-time display of breath-taking fireworks.
August 28th-September 5th – Nevada, USA
Nevada’s annual Burning Man Festival features a plethora of art installations, kite-flying opportunities, dancing, fashion shows and parties. Spread over 5 miles, the site’s central ‘attraction’ is its wooden effigy (known as the man)! Tourists and regular visitors alike are expected to join in the celebrations, create their best costumes and get fully stuck in.
St Rose of Lima Day
August 30th – Peru
St Rose of Lima Day is a Peruvian National Holiday, commemorating Peru’s patron saint. St Rose was incredibly devoted to the people, choosing to live on a diet of largely bread and water, and to wear a spiked crown around her waist under her clothing. Upon her death in 1617, the funeral was delayed by two days due to large numbers of the public wishing to pay their respects. To celebrate St Rose, a religious procession occurs on August 30th from the Church of Santo Domingo to Lima’s Cathedral. Many locals also choose to visit the Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima on this day too!
Have you been to any of these Festivals or any other famous August events? Let us know in the comments below!