From booze in London to rocking out in Chicago, Musement takes a look at ten festivals and events around the world happening in August.
Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Here’s a look at 10 festivals and events taking place around the world this August.
1. August 1 – 4: Lollapalooza, Chicago
Since its establishment in the 1990s, Lollapalooza has grown into one of America’s most rollicking music shindigs. What was originally a touring extravaganza has, after a brief decline, set up a permanent home in Chicago. The four-day 2019 line-up includes performances from The Strokes, Arianna Grande, and Childish Gambino.
2. August 2 – 26: Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals
Edinburgh is abuzz in August! In addition to these two entertainment festivals that run back to back, the Book and Art festivals also occur during this month. Travelers flock from all over the world to watch the latest creative sparks in the field of performance arts. Heading to the Scottish capital during this time? Here are some tips for surviving the season.
3. August 6 – 10: Great British Beer Festival, London
Calling all Zythophiles! The Great British Beer Festival returns to Olympia in London. Exhibitors will pour more than 1,000 British and international beers, ciders and perries alongside some wine and, new for 2019, a gin bar. Go, drink, mingle and be merry.
4. August 8 – 21: Festival de Tango, Buenos Aires
The sexy, sultry and sizzling tango originated in Argentina and Uruguay, so it’s only fitting that Buenos Aires should host an annual tango festival. There is something for every kind of a dancer, even a complete beginner, and the festival culminates with the Tango Mundial (World Cup) competition competed by 400 couples.
5. August 13 – 15: Obon Festival, Japan
To commemorate their ancestors, the Japanese hang paper lanterns so the spirits can find their way and perform traditional dances. Celebrants spend time with families, leaving food offerings at the graves of the deceased.
6. August 15: Ferragosto, Italy
The feast of the Assumption is a national holiday in Italy. Some Italians are in the midst of vacations abroad, while others take to the seaside or their home in the mountains to enjoy some time with their loved ones. If you find yourself on the beach in Italy during Ferragosto, or any time of the year for that matter, you might want to read up on how to beach it like an Italian.
7. August 15: Independence Day, India
It was on this day in 1947 that India became independent and was no longer under British rule. Indians mark this national holiday by illuminating buildings and landmarks in the national colors (green, white and orange) during the build-up. The day itself is marked by parades, ceremonies and more. Kite flying is also part of the tradition.
8. August 16: Palio di Siena
We told you about the first Palio della Madonna di Provenzana which took place July 2 in Siena. Well, the crowds flock back to Piazza del Campo for the second leg of Medieval bareback horse race, the Palio della Assunta, on August 16. The jam-packed day begins with a mass and ends with the victory celebrations.
9. August 20: Istvan’s Day Hungary
Also known as St. Stephen’s Day (in honor of the first King of Hungary who was canonized in 1083). Expect bread blessings, day-long festivities such as an air and water parade on the Danube in Budapest, followed by fireworks spectaculars in the evening. Perhaps pop into one of the ruin bars for a drink.
10. August 23: Feast day of Saint Rose of Lima, Peru
The patron saint of Peru and all of South America, Saint Rose of Lima’s feast day is a big deal not just in Lima, but all of South America. Several processions take place and city squares are adorned in her honor. Note: This used to take place on August 30 and some towns still schedule festivities for that date.