7 Can’t-Miss August Events Around the World: Jazz, Golf and the Eclipse
Photo by Ryan Bonneau
Although August might have you thinking of back-to-school schedules, shorter days and less time for fun, there’s still plenty of time left to travel.
Before you get back into the swing of things, plan a memorable trip to end the summer right. Whether you only have time for a quick day trip, or you can carve out a two-week respite, there are some August events across the globe you won’t want to pass up.
Listen to soothing jazz, watch some of golf’s top talents, and see the rare total solar eclipse from the best vantage point in the world at these can’t-miss August events.
1. Telluride Jazz Festival
Where: Telluride, Colorado
When: August 4–6, 2017
The Telluride Jazz Festival is three days of music and libations, set against the dramatic Rocky Mountain landscape. This year, the fest has revamped their most luxurious offering.
With tickets to the Telluride Jazz Festival Patron Experience, you sit on-stage next to a full open bar, plus backstage access. You’ll also have access to an exclusive area where you’ll find catered meals all weekend long.
Perhaps the most anticipated parts of this year’s fest schedule is the private Macy Gray concert to kick off the weekend, meet and greets with jazz artists and the Jazz After Dark concert series. Plus, a portion of your ticket benefits the Telluride Society for Jazz.
Pro travel tip: Book a private plane to get to Telluride from the Denver/Boulder area. You’ll skip out on all the traffic on I-70.
2. Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
When: August 4–28, 2017
Jump across the pond for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the world’s largest arts festivals. This globally renowned event spans 25 days, meaning it’s easy to fit at least a few days of the event into your schedule.
As the website claims, “with 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues in 2016 there are quite literally thousands of reasons to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.” The festival includes nearly every color and flavor of performance including theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, opera and children’s shows.
Pro travel tip: Because there’s so much to do and see, navigating the Fringe fest can be overwhelming. Plan ahead and use the Festival’s interactive map to help you find your way to your most anticipated shows.
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: August 9–16, 2017
Budapest’s monstrous music festival, Sziget is a seven-day event on its “Island of Freedom,” also known as the Danube’s Obuda Island.
The festival has four-star lodgings available for attendees, some of which include resort and spa amenities. These lodgings are a welcome respite after spending hours dancing to some of the world’s best music.
Pro travel tip: If you’re looking to end the summer with a bang, make sure you get a ticket for the festival’s Boat Party. The boat’s decked out with DJ booths, dance floors, bars, street food and more.
4. PGA Championship
Where: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
When: August 10–13, 2017
This year’s PGA Championship is bound to be a showdown between rookies and seasoned vets alike. Keep an eye on 2015 PGA winner and 2016 runner-up Jordan Spieth, 2017 Torrey Pines winner Jon Rahm, and Tour Championship/FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy.
There are plenty of upscale accommodations available in Charlotte, and if you want to bring the whole family, activities in Charlotte for all ages abound.
Pro travel tip: Charlotte is known for having traffic at all hours of the day. A private jet can have you on the deck of Quail Hollow sipping an Arnold Palmer before a commercial flight even leaves the airport.
5. Summer Sonic Tokyo
Where: Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
When: August 18–20, 2017
Summer Sonic has two parallel events: one in Tokyo and one in Osaka. Regardless of the location, the rock festival spans three days and has several indoor and outdoor stages to explore.
This year you can see Foo Fighters, Calvin Harris, Kesha and Black Eyed Peas, along with many other international stars.
Pro travel tip: Purchase a platinum ticket to get all the bells and whistles the event has to offer: exclusive viewing areas and lounges, welcome drinks, short merchandise lines, coat check and platinum shuttle buses.
6. Summer Salute Festival
Where: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
When: August 19–21, 2017
You might’ve traveled to Kentucky for the Derby, but there’s another major reason you’ll want to add a trip to this state on your list: the total solar eclipse. While there are many great vantage points across the country, Hopkinsville has been coined the place to be.
Expect lots of live music, food and family-friendly activities. But don’t forget the main reason you’re there — the eclipse will be visible for just two minutes and 40 seconds.
Pro travel tip: Snag yourself a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses and check out the Eclipseville website to find the best viewing areas.
7. Burning Man
Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
When: August 27–September 4, 2017
Head to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for one of the most unique festivals around: Burning Man. The festival is essentially a pop-up community dubbed Black Rock City, where artists of all types congregate.
Expect to see incredible visual displays unlike any festival you’ve been to before.
Pro travel tip: Mountain Aviation has access to a temporary airstrip in the middle of the playa — so you can skip out on the long drive and arrive right on-site.