7 of the Best Festivals in August 2023

Read Travel Begins at 40's round-up of the best festivals in August 2020, from the Moab Music Festival to the Feria de las Flores in Colombia.

Americas, Culture & History, Europe

Travel Begins at 40 has produced its own brief round-up of the best festivals in August around the world from Colombia to Nevada and Utah to Notting Hill.

Cultural Festivals in August

Feria de las Flores, Medellin, Colombia – 28 July to 7 August

Medellin in Colombia is transformed during its annual Feria de las Flores or Flower Festival. The main attraction is the Joaquín Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden that covers 14 hectares and has over 1,000 species. Within this is the Orchidiarium, with its large orchid and butterfly collection. The parade of the silleteros – a procession of large lightweight fan-like frames decorated in flowers – is arguably the most impressive part of the Feria de las Flores festival.

Music Festivals in August

Fringe by the Sea, Scotland, UK – 4 to 13 August

Forget the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe by the Sea returns to the East Lothian town of North Berwick in August for ten days of music, literature, film, comedy, film and conversation. For this year’s festival Travis, Elkie Brooks, Groove Armada and Sister Sledge will perform.

Waterperry Opera Festival, UK – 12 to 20 August
Festivals in August Waterperry Opera Festival
Waterperry Opera Festival

The Waterperry Opera Festival once more comes to the gardens of Waterperry House in August. This year’s festival includes performances of Bizet’s Carmen, Acis and Galatea / Dido and Aeneas, Mansfield Park, Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventures and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK – 17 to 20 August

Held in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales the four-day Green Man Festival is a must for the UK’s festival lovers. This year Devo, First Aid Kit, Self Esteem, Spiritualized and Beth Orton performing.

Moab Music Festival, Utah, US – 20 August to 15 September
Moab Music Festival
Moab Music Festival

The Moab Music Festival starts with a Westwater Musical raft trip, and concludes with the final Grotto Concert on 11 September, followed by a San Juan River Musical Raft Trip. A series of outdoor concerts will be performed in a range of venues around Moab, with the signature Grotto Concerts taking place in a pristine grotto 30 miles out of town down the Colorado River. You can also go on one of the music hikes.

Carnivals in August

Notting Hill Carnival, London, UK – 26 to 28 August
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival

Needing no introduction, but we will do so anyway, The Notting Hill Carnival returns after a two-year gap. Not only is its Europe’s largest free street festival but the greatest expression of the Caribbean community in London, made all the more poignant by the Windrush scandal. Expect processions, bands, plenty of noise, great food and above all else fun.

More Than a Festival

Burning Man, The Black Rock Desert, Nevada, US – 27 August to 4 September
Travel Nevada Burning Man festivals in August
Burning Man

There is no festival quite like Burning Man, so much so that the organisers don’t even regard it as a festival. A city with a intriguing philosophy in the Black Rock Dessert. The event is focused on creativity and community-living. Different groups contribute the art, drama, exhibitions, spectacles or music events that bring everything to life. This is very alternative America.

More Festivals in 2023

If you are planning for further ahead please visit our Events and Festival page, which we will constantly update as and when information becomes available.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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