From the coast to the mountains and beyond, enjoy the final month of the summer season at one or more of these fun festivals and special summer events during your August vacation, weekend getaway or day-trip.
August festivals and events are listed below in alphabetical order. For more information, including dates and details, click on each event name:
- American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair
A staple of the Lexington art scene, this annual fair features hundreds of artists and artisans in an array of mediums, live entertainment, a designated for families, food vendors and more in historic Woodland Park. Lexington Hotels - Compare Rates
- Delta Classic Chastain Summer Concert Series
Outdoor concert series, held on scheduled evenings throughout the summer.
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- East Coast Surfing Championships
Virginia Beach, Virginia
North America's oldest running surfing competition and the second oldest continuously-run surfing contest in the world takes place annually in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach Hotels - Compare Rates
- Elvis Week
The annual Elvis celebration at Graceland is a gathering of friends and fans from around the world celebrating Elvis' life and career. Events include concerts, movies, a candlelight vigil and much more. Memphis Hotels - Compare Rates
- The Kentucky State Fair
The eleven-day Kentucky State Fair has been celebrating the history, heritage and culture of the Bluegrass State for over 100 years. Each year, the World’s Championship Horse Show, the most prestigious saddlebred show in the world, is held during the Fair. Top Louisville Hotels | More Louisville Hotels - Compare Rates
- Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Cary, North Carolina
A premier North Carolina Festival of local and national artisans, performing arts, food and more. Cary Hotels - Compare Rates
- State Fair of West Virginia
Lewisburg, West Virginia
Non-stop fun and excitement includes headliner entertainment, agricultural exhibits, arts events, carnival rides, games and more at this annual agricultural fair. Lewisburg Hotels - Compare Rates
- Summer Sales Tax Holidays
Several Southern states participate in early August summer sales tax holidays, offering back-to-school shopping savings on eligible items.
York, South Carolina
Summerfest, a grand celebration of summer held on the fourth Saturday in August, highlights the heritage and charm of South Carolina's White Rose City with a day of activities and events including an arts and craft show, food fair, classic car show, children's activities, musical entertainment, sports events and more. York Hotels - Compare Rates
- Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Fans from more than 40 states converge each year to enjoy this annual show and celebration including a full schedule of activities. Shelbyville Hotels - Compare Rates
- Virginia Highlands Festival
One of the top tourist events in North America, the Virginia Highlands Festival features an antiques market, juried art and photography competitions, a juried arts and crafts show, and family fun, plus nationally-known writers, lecturers, and visual and performing artists providing lots of entertainment. Also enjoy guided hikes and other outdoor activities, living history and much more. This annual festival takes place in historic Abingdon, located in southwestern Virginia in the Appalachian foothills, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the North Carolina border.
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- The World's Longest Yardsale
Defiance, Ohio to Gadsden, Alabama
Hundreds of thousands of visitors attend this popular annual event making it the ultimate bargain hunters' road trip. More about the World's Longest Yardsale
Labor Day Weekend - Although Labor Day takes place in September, the holiday weekend occasionally begins at the end of August:
- Labor Day Weekend Events
Throughout the Southeast
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