• Posted:Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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Dates for your diary: August 2010

August is one of the busiest months when it comes to festivals and events around the world. From comedy festivals to huge tomato fights, there is a lot to plan your August vacation around. Here’s our pick of some great cities to visit this August that also happen to be hosting some world famous events.

The Edinburgh "Festival"

The Edinburgh Festival is in fact a group of different festivals that are all taking place in, you guessed it, Edinburgh! There is a range of festivals going on around this great Scottish city in August so if you are planning your trip to Edinburgh anytime in August chances are you will get to sample one of these great Edinburgh festivals. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is probably one of the city’s most popular annual events. This arts festival takes place every August for three weeks in the Scottish capital and this year it all kicks off on August 6th lasting until the 30th. The Edinburgh International Festival starts on August 13th and runs through until September 5th. This festival covers three weeks of international music, opera, dance and drama all over Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Art Festival kicked off on July 29th and that runs until September 5th. So if you are looking for something to do in Edinburgh this August you can take your pick of these festivals!

The Rose of Tralee International Festival - August 20th to 24th

Every year in August the town of Tralee in County Kerry plays host to a unique competition that celebrates the ambition, intellect, social responsibility and more of young Irish women. This competition was once only open to participants from Tralee only, but is now open to entry for any young woman with Irish ancestry.  The festival includes lots of events including a ball, circus, funfair, parade and lots more. The last two days are all about picking a winner to be the overall Rose of Tralee. The town of Tralee comes alive with atmosphere the week of the Rose of Tralee International Festival so don’t miss out!

La Tomatina

If a big tomato fight in the middle of a sleepy little Spanish town is what you are after this August then you better get to Buñol in Valencia on August 25th.  This interesting festival culminates in one giant food fight in the centre of the town. La Tomatina Festival runs for a week and has lots of music, parades, fireworks and more. So even if the tomato throwing is not your thing, you can enjoy all the rest of the fun and festivities. If you are planning on getting in on all the tomato action then make sure you bring some old clothes and get yourself booked into a cheap hostel for a shower afterwards!

So there are our pick of what’s happening in August around the globe. It’s only a small selection of events so if you have any August events you want to recommend then leave them in a comment below.

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