August Festivals, Celebrations and Special Events - The Southeastern U.S.

Things to Do in August in the Southeast

Virginia Highlands Festival - Antiques Market
Virginia Highlands Festival - Antiques Market. Photo Credit: Virginia Highlands Festival

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
    Lexington, Kentucky
    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
    Atlanta, Georgia
    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
    Memphis, Tennessee
    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
    Louisville, Kentucky
    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
    Various States
    Several Southern states participate in early August summer sales tax holidays, offering back-to-school shopping savings on eligible items.

  • Summerfest
    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
    Shelbyville, Tennessee
    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
    Abingdon, Virginia
    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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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
    Find out about more than 20 popular events throughout the Southeast to enjoy during the final holiday weekend of the summer season. When is Labor Day?

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