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The Perpetual Traveller Top Worldwide Events in August 2014!

August is the 8th month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of 7 months with a length of 31 days. It marks the heat of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, where traditionally most schools are on holiday and as such the summer resorts are packed, pushing price up up up!

It seems the the world goes crazy in August if the events taking place around the planet are anything to go by!
Here are the Top Worldwide Events for August 2014! 1.Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland

2. Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, London, England

3. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol, England
4. Elvis Week, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
5. August Moon Festival, Boston, United States
6. Festival de Tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina
7. Notting Hill Carnival
9. Air Guitar World Championships
10. La Tomatina Festival, Buñol, Spain

Notting Hill Carnival 2014, London, England

Where? Notting Hill, London, England

When? 23th - 25th August 2014

Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest celebration of its kind in Europe. Started as a local festival set up by the West Indian immigrants of the area it has now become a full-blooded Caribbean Carnival, attracting millions of visitors from around the world.

With scores of massive sound systems, multiple spectacular floats and of course, the traditional steel drum bands, plus hundreds of stalls lining the streets; this is probably London’s most exciting annual event!

Further information: The Notting Hill Carnival

La Tomatina Festival 2014, Buñol, Spain

Where? Buñol, Spain

When? Last Wednesday in August - 27th August 2014

The sunny Mediterranean city of Valencia in Spain is world-renowned for its tasty and succulent oranges. And just thirty miles away is Buñol, another town just as famous for its produce. But its notoriety comes from the locals' habit of wearing the produce as well as tasting it! Every year, Buñol hosts La Tomatina, the world's largest vegetable fight.

Situated only 30 kilometers inland from the Mediterranean Sea, and well-connected by motorway and rail to Madrid and Valencia, this charming town erupts into a fiery blaze of tomato-hurling on the last Wednesday of every August.

The "Batalla" takes place during a week-long celebration filled with ongoing festivities and with even greater anticipation for the monstrous tomato battle that serves as the culmination of the week's events.

Plus, 2012's La Tomatina Festival saw the birth of The La Tomatina After Party! In essence, imagine 2,000 peopl…

Air Guitar World Championships 2014, Oulu, Finland

Where: Oulu, Finland

When: 27th - 30th August, 2014

Do you remember back in the 70's and 80's in the days of the power ballad? When you used to run for the dance floor with some epic air guitar during AC/DC's "Back in Black."

Well the tradition lives on in front of thousands of adoring fans at the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, northern Finland. Here phantom instruments come alive as "Air Rockers" strum to guitar greats like Jimmy Hendrix and Queen.

Throughout the 4-day event there are even workshops on how to best exaggerate picking motions and demonstrations from some of the previous world champions. As any air guitarist can tell you, it's not what you play but how you play it!

According to the promoters, the purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace - good luck with that in today's world! Their noble motto is "wars end, climate change stops and all bad things disappear, if all the people in …

Festival de Tango 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Where? Buenos Aires, Argentina

When? 13th - 26th August 2014

Buenos Aires and Tango are about as inseparable as a pair of Tango dancers. In celebration of its sultry and mysterious dance, the Argentine capital stages this annual festival, with events spread out across the city.

Dancers and musicians perform at various intimate venues, and it offers a great way to see some of the best Tanguistas from around the world do their thing. Once you’ve been inspired, there’s plenty of opportunity to discover Tango for yourself.

There are free classes for beginners throughout the Festival, with thousands of wannabe Gardels stumbling through their first Tango steps. To take part, simply turn up – you’ll find a schedule of classes on the Festival website. There are also classes for more advanced Tanguistas; for these you must register through the website. There’s a database of dancers seeking partners on the website if you need someone to swing with.

Further Information:

August Moon Festival, Boston, United States

Where? Boston, United States

When? 10th August 2014

Also known as the 'Moon Festival', The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival commemorates a 14th-century uprising against the Mongols. Plans for the revolt were smuggled to like minded sympathizers inside small cakes. Today cakes made from ground lotus and sesame seed paste known as 'moon cakes' are typically eaten as part of the celebrations.

Many families travel to vantage points for moon-watching parties. Boston's Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the US, so festivities are usually extremely busy, and extraordinarily lively.

So why not visit Boston and ioin the outdoor party in Chinatown to celebrate the end of the harvest season. There will be music, food, activities, storytellers and a dragon parade to celebrate the full moon. Be sure to leave room for mooncakes also!

At the Harrison Beach Street stage, Festival visitors will be treated to dancing, musicians, martial artists and numerous performers.…

Elvis Week 2014, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Where?Memphis, Tennessee, USA

When? 8th-17th August 2014

On the anniversary of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s death, Elvis impersonators from far and wide converge on Memphis, Tennessee, where Presley ate his last peanut butter ‘n’ jelly sandwich in 1977.

Events taking place at Graceland, the hip-shaker’s kitsch-filled mansion, include an Elvis trivia treasure hunt and music and film nights, featuring his gospel backing bands and screenings of classics such as Viva Las Vegas. There are also trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, where those famous lungs inhaled their first breath. However, Memphis alone hosts enough events to keep an obsessive occupied, not least the 100-booth merchandise and memorabilia fair in the Memphis Cook Convention Centre.

Associates of the great man flock to the city on the Mississippi to wow audiences with tribute concerts and anecdotes. In 2007, the 30th anniversary of the King’s demise, speakers included a former member of staff at Graceland, co-stars from films such a…

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2014, Bristol, England

When? Bristol, England

Where? 7th - 10th August 2014
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 36th year and is Europe’s largest ballooning event. It’s a spectacular, free, 4 days of fun for the whole family. During the fiesta over 150 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate, featuring the ‘Breakfast and Balloons’ event and the light up of the skies at night with the famous or Nightglow.

The event features colourful hot-air balloon displays, attracting over half a million visitors to the scenic grounds of Ashton Court. Balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the City of Bristol as well as taking part in various ballooning competitions including who can reach the furthest point in a set time or landing challenges.

There is entertainment for all the family with fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, face painting, arts and craft fair, dance stage, arena entertainment, the world famous Red Arrows and a local talent music bandstand.

Further …

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 2014, London, England

Where? London, England

When? 26th July - 28th September 2014

Every summer inquisitive visitors and even conspiracy theorists get the chance to look round Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal residence. Visitors for the Summer Opening tour are permitted access to the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberge Eggs, on display.

In 2014 visitors to Buckingham Palace, The Queen's London residence, can see a special exhibition on 'Royal Childhood' as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.

This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarc…