August – A Month To Cram Fun In Before School Starts

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Over the course of summer there are many amazing events.  For some reason, August seems to be the month of mega festivals. It must be that summer is winding down. That it’s your last chance to get out there and have one more bit of fun before school starts. Here are just a few of our favorite festivals of August that happen every year during this month:


Downieville Classic

August 1st – 4th 2019 – Downieville, CA

When it comes festivals in August the Downieville Classic provides a fun weekend to see things like this Red Bull jump into the river
Photo by: Local Freshies®

This is one of the most famous mountain biking competitions on the planet. From the pure chaos of people jumping into a river for the Shimano Cast-off contest to the more organized Downieville Classic Race, this will be a good time for sure. Be sure to check out our full post: The Origin Of Mountain Biking.


August 9th – 12th 2019 – Nelson, BC

The KING of music festivals in August - Shambhala glittering night sky with a laser show coming off the stage in Nelson BC
=Shambhala – 2012 – Image Taken by Michael Kalus=

In case you’ve never heard of it, Shambhala is one the largest EDM festivals in the world! Each year this gathering is held the first week of August in the small town of Salmo at a 500-acre cattle ranch in the West Kootenay Mountains near Nelson, British Columbia. An interesting fact about this event is it is family-run and has never accepted corporate sponsorship. For its 22nd year, nothing has changed and they were still able to secure acts like:

  • Anti Up
  • Kaskade
  • Troyboi
  • Mark Ronson and many more

If you enjoy great music along with views of some of the most amazing mountains you could ever see, this festival is for you. After taking in this multi-day party, be sure to head down the road a bit to spend a few days in Nelson. This funky mountain town has some of the best cuisine anywhere and great shopping as well. For additional insight on Nelson, go here.


Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival

August 9th – 18th, 2019 – Whistler, BC

Image Taken by Mark Teasdale
Image Taken by Mark Teasdale

Whistler is sometimes considered the home of action sports! It should come as no surprise that one of the craziest mountain biking events in North America is held there. Crankworx is a 10-day multi-disciplinary mountain bike festival celebrating epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. It’s a great time in an awesome place! What more could you ask for? To read more about the Enduro segment, please check out our post.

Image taken by Nic Kuiper
Image taken by Nic Kuiper

Concours d’ Elegance Wooden Boat Show

August 9th – 11th, 2019 – Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe Concours D'Elegance - Image taken Steve Natale
Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance – Image taken by Steve Natale

Do you love classic wooden boats? Have you ever wanted to see them in person, cruising the open water? Then you need to head to North America’s largest wooden boat show on Lake Tahoe. In its 45th year, it draws up to 100 entrants and over 5,000 spectators to see old school vessels restored to their pristine beauty. A must see for any maritime enthusiast.

Image taken by Wyatt Photography
Image taken by WyattGPhotography

The Ed Anacker Bridger Ridge Run

August 10th, 2019 – Bozeman, MT


Considered one of the toughest trail races in North America and maybe the world, it tests every individual that attempts it to their fullest. Held in Bozeman, Montana, this race has a gain of over 6,800 vertical feet AND a 9,500 foot loss.

With an exposed ridgeline, this race is not for the faint of heart. To make it even more difficult, the “short” way down is 19.65 miles filled with loose ground, rocks, and even boulders. This means that the less intimidating route of the race gets extended to over 20.55 miles. This is a serious run for any trail runner that wants to test themselves.

Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

August 16th – 18th, 2019 – Hood River, OR

Man walking out of the Gorge Paddle Challenge the premier SUP race festivals in August
2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge – Image Taken by Bill Reynolds

Just down the road from Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge is known for its kite boarding and wind surfing due to the consistent wind funneled through. It is also home to one of the most popular Standup Paddleboard events of the year, the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. Located at Hood River’s Waterfront Park, it features:

  • A crescent-shaped beach for the starting and staging areas
  • Great stadium style viewing area for spectators
  • Large grass area for the vendor tents, onsite restrooms, and plenty of parking
  • Best of all, it is walking distance to downtown Hood River
2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge - Image taken by Bill Reynolds
2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge – Image taken by Bill Reynolds

This is only an introduction to a few of our favorite festivals in August we think are interesting. Let us know of any other crazy competitions, festivals, or extravaganzas that your fellow mountain enthusiasts should know! And if you’re look for more ideas on how to have some fun during the warmer months check out our guide:

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