From the largest trumpet festival in the world to the annual wildebeest migration, it’s time to make your August holiday a little more interesting
Best for families – Guča, Serbia
Guca is just a three-hour bus ride from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Every August this tiny hillside community hosts the Guca Trumpet Festival, the largest gathering of trumpets in the world. An estimated 600,000 people descend on the village to watch and listen to the very best in the business as they duke it out to be named best trumpeter in the country.
Despite its growing popularity, the festival still maintains its native authenticity. Serbian restaurants line the main streets, serving up plates of pljeskavica, a patty made with two or more types of meat and onions, and endless glasses of slivovitz, a Serbian brandy that’s as fun to drink as it is to pronounce.
Even without the hype of the festival, Guca’s rustic charm shines through. If you have time, venture into the surrounding countryside where you’ll find hidden treasures like the UNESCO-listed Studenica Monastery.
The 2018 Guca Trumpet Festival will be from Thursday 9 August to Sunday 12 August.
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Best for a city break – Zurich, Switzerland
Many consider Zurich to be a relatively tame city, but spend a day among the crowds at the city’s annual Street Parade and you may change your mind.
Catch this rarity in August when a million mystics, freaks, ravers, trippers, imbibers and technoheads visit the Swiss city for the annual Street Parade, a moving techno music festival. Expect big names like Andrea Oliva, Andreas Campo and De La Swing to grace its 30 moving stages known as Love Mobiles. There will be plenty of pre- and after parties to attend as well, so sleep is optional. Plan your trip with our Zurich travel guide.
The 2018 Street Parade will be on Saturday August 11.
Best for a beach break – Fiji
Fiji, located in the South Pacific, about 3,000km (1,875 miles) east of Australia and 1,930km (1,200 miles) south of the equator, is dry and balmy in August, making it the best time of year to visit. Known as “the soft coral capital of the world”, diving in Fiji is an otherworldly experience. Some best sites include Beqa Lagoon, Rainbow Reef and the Somosomo Straits. There are also a number of surfing camps in southern and western Viti Levu. The best swells are from March to October, so August is the perfect time to give surfing a try. Check out the Things to see and do in Fiji guide for recommendations.
Best for an adventure break – Kenya
Watching the largest gathering of mammals on the planet thunder across Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most spectacular events you can witness. This vast park is a sight to behold: powerful beasts and other fascinating creatures, plus hundreds of miles of undulating golden and green savannah, all silhouetted against fiery sunsets. August is the best time to visit, as this is when thousands of wildebeest, zebra, eland, impala and gazelle migrate across the park to neighbouring Tanzania. If you pass by the Mara River, you’re likely to spot a crocodile hidden in the water, waiting for prey. See our Kenya travel guide before you go.