Monthly Cultural Almanac: August 2019

August 9, 2019

From the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to the Woodward Dream Cruise and state fairs all across the country, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in August. Whether you like motorcycles, airplanes, or classic cars, you’ll find plenty of events that celebrate the American value of travel. Find a festival near you and celebrate summer with your friends!

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

August 2-11 - The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota for ten days, usually during the first full week of August. Attendance has historically been around 500,000 people and brings in around $800 million to the community. Many attendees of the Sturgis Rally have families and bring their children in campers towing motorcycle trailers to the rally. The Black Hills Run is a favorite route of motorcycle runners, across the Black Hills from Deadwood to Custer State Park. If you’re in South Dakota, you really can’t miss it!

Important: If you are driving in Midwest America, look out for motorcycles on the road!

Woodward Dream Cruise

August 17 - The Woodward Dream Cruise is a classic car event held annually on the third Sunday of August in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. It is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing around 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe. Visitors can see muscle cars, street rods, custom, and collector vehicles dating across several decades. Come see what makes Michigan a cool place to be!

Did you know that Detroit used to be the car manufacturing capital of the world? It is still a place for car enthusiasts to go! Click here to learn more about Detroit's role in the Automotive Age.

National Aviation Day

August 19 - The National Aviation Day is a United States national observation that celebrates the development of aviation. The current U.S. president could proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. Their proclamation may instruct all federal buildings and installations to fly the U.S. flag on that day and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation. You can celebrate air travel by visiting an air show or an aviation museum. Click here to find an air show near you! Enjoy your flight!

State Fairs


Recommended Activity: State Fairs - A state fair is an annual competitive and recreational gathering of a U.S. State’s population, usually held in late summer or early fall. State fairs began for the purpose of promoting state agriculture through competitive exhibits of livestock and farm products. They now also include carnival amusement rides and games, automobile racing, and entertainment like musical concerts. Several states hold their state fairs during the month of August, including West Virginia, New York, Minnesota, and Iowa. Get to know your state even better by seeing one for yourself! Click here to find your state fair dates! If you are not nearby a state fair, many counties hold annual county fairs that are just as fun (and much less crowded).