Here Comes August: Our Must See and Do Adventures to End the Summer

The last month of summer is packed with adventurous trips, quirky festivals and events, and a few travel specials. Here are a few activities and adventures to check out in August.

Sheridan, Wyo.

Through Labor Day Historic Polo Matches Stamp divots, bring a picnic, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, and watch the action matching talented athletes and animals from around the country – both horse and rider making the fast-paced game entertaining from start to finish. For match schedules call 307-674-4928 or 307-674-9447

Lhasa, Tibet

Aug. 1-12 Pandas, Monks, Nuns, Nomads & The Nangchu Horse Festival. The non-traditional guides at Myths and Mountains will guide clients through Lhasa, seen by many as Tibet’s spiritual center. On the 12-day trip, travelers will explore some of the most sacred sites of Tibetan Buddhism, including a site for the area’s famous “sky burials.” At the end of the trip, visitors will partake in the Nangchu Horse Festival. For more information, download the itineraryhere, or call them at 1-800-670-MYTH.

Cedar City, Utah

Now – September 3rd 50th Annual Utah Shakespeare Festival 50th Annual Utah Shakespeare Festival. Held in Cedar City. Offers matinee performances at 2pm and evening performances at 8pm in three grand theaters. The Festival also offers a FREE nightly Greenshow at 7pm, backstage tours, seminars, and play orientations. Plays featured this season in repertory are: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘Richard III,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ ‘Noises Off,’ & ‘The Music Man’. Contact the Theatre Box Office at 1-800-PLAYTIX or visit

Bar Harbor, Maine

Aug 2nd Lobsters on the Sound This laid back, boat casual event features a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres from many local restaurants, a downeast style lobster bake, live and silent auctions, and music and dancing under the stars. (207) 244-3713 ext. 102

Sheridan, Wyo.

Aug 2nd Wagon Box Anniversary Tour Program and tour at the Wagon Box Fight Site, where a small group of soldiers and civilians fought against several hundred Indian warriors.  Living history presentation of period uniforms and weapons used in the battle. Event starts at 7:00 PM at the Wagon Box Fight Site.,, or 307-7629.

Yellow Pine, Idaho

Aug 5th-7th Yellow Pine Harmonica Contest Each year during the first full weekend of August this sleepy mountain hamlet is transformed into the harmonica capital of the western world. In addition to the international harmonica competitions, the weekend offers the opportunity to explore the mountains, hot springs, and forests of the Central Idaho Wilderness.

Sheridan, Wyo.

Aug 6th-7th Big West Arts Festival For two days Sheridan College campus becomes a metropolis of culinary, visual and performing art as the Festival unites artists to showcase diverse and vibrant talent represented by artists worldwide. For more information or musical performance schedule.  Event is free and open to the public. Sheridan College campus (307) 674-6446

Juneau, Alaska

August 12 – 14, 2011 65th Golden North Salmon Derby Sponsored by the Territorial Sportsmen, this is the oldest continuous salmon derby in Alaska. Large cash and merchandise prizes are awarded. Proceeds from the derby fund scholarships. 907-321-8000

Manaus, Brazil

Aug. 13-21 Escape to the Amazonas. Adventures with Nevada-based Myths and Mountains will explore one of the wildest and most scenic places in the world – the Amazon River basin. Travelers will depart from Manaus, Brazil, and spend a full week observing the river and its wildlife from the comforts of a riverboat cruise. Along the way, trips will be offered through the surrounding forest, which is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world. Check here for a full itinerary, or call 1-800-670-MYTH.

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

August 6th -7th Learn to Kayak Weekend with Wilderness Voyageurs Kayaking can be an intimidating sport to get in to on your own, which is why Wilderness Voyageurs is hosting two Learn to Kayak weekends this summer. First time kayakers spend two days learning all the tricks of the trade from expert guides, including skills like edge control, paddling and stroke technique, as well as the daunting “Eskimo Roll” and “Wet Exit”. Wilderness Voyageurs’ Learn to Kayak weekend is a 2-day group instruction class offered the first weekend of July and August, cost is $185 and includes expert instruction, all the necessary gear, transportation, and breakfast and lunch both days.


Port Angeles, Wash.

Aug 7th Olympic National Park Ride the Hurricane Thisunique event allows cyclists to have the famed Hurricane Ridge Road free of vehicles from 7AM-noon.  Hurricane Ridge Road is considered one of the premier cycling uphill rides in the country and offers spectacular views. 360-452-2363


Bar Harbor, Maine

Aug 12th-14th Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival This annual show is held on the grounds of one of Bar Harbor’s premier luxury hotels; The Bar Harbor Inn, strategically located in the middle of town on the harbor waterfront. Artists and patrons alike agree that the location is an ideal venue for this upscale arts event. The show features an “early-bird” jurying enabling artists to plan their summer trip and reservations in advance. (423) 266-1300

Geneva, Switzerland, French Alps

Aug 14th -18th Alpes Open Tour The Alpes Open Tour is a five stage ‘rando-sportive’ style cycling event held in the French Alps. An avid cyclist’s dream trip, the Tour follows an incredibly scenic route through the Alps, visiting famous destinations such as Lake Geneva, Les Saisies, Val-Cenis, Alpe d’Huez and La Toussuire. Geneva-based cycling outfitter Cyclomundo offers an all-inclusive Alpes Open Tour package that takes care of all the logistics and travel arrangement, allowing cyclist to have a headache-free cycling experience of a lifetime.

Louisville, Kent.

Aug 18th-28th Kentucky State Fair The Kentucky State Fair defines the Bluegrass State like no other event! This unique festival is 11 consecutive 16-hour days of non-stop excitement for the entire family- and you’re invited to be a part of it!

Granby, Colo.

Aug 19th-21st 50s Sock Hop Getaway (Snow Mountain Ranch) Rock around the clock at the roller skating party, sock-hop with swing dance lessons, a family movie on the lawn and more great traditional YMCA fun. Ask about our campsite and RV rates.  The weekend package includes lodging, meals and activities starting Sunday evening through Tuesday morning. 1-800-777-9622

Estes Park, Colo.

Aug 19th-24th Mind and Body are One Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh (Estes Park Center) Novices to experienced practitioners of all ages are invited to participate and learn from this internationally-recognized teacher and the nuns and monks from the Plum Village. During the retreat practitioners can expect daily dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, chanting, and plenty of time for quiet introspection.

Lexington, Kent.

Aug 20th-21st AFB Art Fair A family-friendly event which draws more than 60,000 patrons to Lexington’s Woodland Park with juried fine artists and children’s projects.

Boise, Idaho

Aug 23rd Uncorked in the Garden Uncorked in the Garden is a chance to wander a specially selected portion of the Idaho Botanical Garden with live music playing in the background. For this event Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk Jazz trip will be performing. A guest winery will be present with wine for purchase and to answer questions about the local wineries.

Boise, Idaho

Aug 27th The Dirty Dash Held at Bogus Basin, this mud obstacle 10K race is intended to bring out the athlete and inner-child in all participants. Course obstacles include the hog wallow, slop ‘n slide, and the big pig climb. For the little ones, 12 and under, there is a Piglet Plunge Kids Mud Race.

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