Top Things to Do in the USA in August

From festivals to state fairs, here is what to do in August.

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••• August in the United States is state fair time. Getty

August is one month in which no national holidays are scheduled. The month is popular for family vacations and road trips, so expect high capacity in seashore or mountain towns. In general, cities are less crowded in August because residents are on vacation. As for activities, look for lots of free things to do, from concerts to museum days to outdoor movie screenings. This is also the month when some state fairs get underway.

Following are the festivals and events that happen each August in the USA.

First Thursday in August - World's Longest Yard Sale. Truly an American event, the World's Longest Yard Sale takes place along Highway 127 near Jamestown, Tennessee. Part flea market, part fair, the yard sale has thousands of vendors, even more attendees, and lasts for four days.

First Week of August - Maine Lobster Festival. More than 12 tons of Maine lobster are served up at the Maine Lobster Festival which has been taking place in Rockland, Maine, since 1947. Try the many delicious lobster dishes, from lobster bisque to lobster rolls, and learn more about the state's top crustacean and the men and women who make a living capturing lobsters in Maine's chilly waters.

Mid-August - Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Held every year in South Dakota since 1938, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the USA's oldest and largest events for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Mid-August - World Famous Payson Rodeo. The Payson Rodeo in Payson, Arizona, is the world's oldest continuous rodeo, having been established in 1884. The three-day event features bull riding, calf roping, music, and food.

End of August - Burning Man Festival. Taking place in the temporary Black Rock City in Nevada, the Burning Man Festival is unlike any other. It calls for all festival goers to participate in the creation of experimental art (think: performing or making sculptures). It ends with a ritual burning of a large wooden sculpture in the shape of a man (thus the name).

Throughout the month - State Fairs. Several states hold their state fairs during the month of August. They include West Virginia, New York, Minnesota, and Iowa.