SummerÂ's coming to an end and autumn is looming on the horizon, but thereÂ's no reason to let that get you down. The temperature is still getting hotter and some of the yearÂ's top world events take place during the month of August.

The Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland): throughout August

Despite being one of the most famous festivals in the world, there is no such thing as the Â'Edinburgh FestivalÂ'. In fact it is a conglomeration of a number of different festivals, all taking place in the city throughout the month of August.

The original festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, was first held in 1947 to Â"provide a platform for the flowering of the human spiritÂ" in post-war Britain. At the same time, several independent theatre groups came together to create the Edinburgh Festival Fringe alongside the main festival. The Fringe has since become the largest arts festival in the world.

A huge range of theatre, comedy, art, dance and music is on offer every year, with plenty of big names gracing the stage. The venues are as varied as the acts, ranging from intimate studios to large theatres to unique spaces such as swimming pools and canal boats!

Edinburgh International Festival: 13th August Â- 5th September
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 6th Â- 30th August
Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 6th Â- 28th August
Edinburgh Art Festival: 29th July Â- 5th September

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The Rose of Tralee International Festival (Tralee, Ireland): 20th Â- 24th August

Held every year in the town of Tralee in County Kerry, the Rose of Tralee is an international carnival celebrating the aspirations, ambitions, intellect and social responsibility of young Irish women.

Based on William MulchinokÂ's nineteenth-century song of the same name, the competition has taken place each year since 1959. While participants originally had to be from Tralee itself, the criteria were later extended to include anyone of Irish birth or ancestry.

As well as the pageant, the programme of events includes a ball, a fashion show, a circus, a funfair and a procession of colourful floats.

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The Notting Hill Carnival (London, England): 29th Â- 30th August

Every August Bank Holiday, an explosion of colour hits West London and the city dances to a different beat. Started in 1966 by LondonÂ's Caribbean population, the Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of cultural unity in the capital.

With approximately one million spectators turning up each year, it is the second largest street festival in the world, after that of Trinidad and Tobago. The procession of imaginative floats and dancers in extravagant costumes extends over twenty miles, and there are food stalls from all over the world as well as plenty of music.

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La Tomatina (Valencia, Spain): 25th August

La Tomatina in Buñol, ValenciaOnce a year, for just one hour, the sleepy little town of Buñol on the outskirts of Valencia turns red. Thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe congregate in the narrow streets, and at the sound of a flare gun begin to pelt each other with over one hundred tonnes of overripe tomatoes in what is possibly the worldÂ's best-loved food fight. The tomatoes are driven in on large trucks and, after a second flare signals the end of the fight, the whole town is washed down by fire engines.

The origins of La Tomatina are unknown, although the locals are willing to offer a number of different stories. If youÂ're thinking of going, we advise you to take a pair of goggles, wear something old and be prepared to smell of tomatoes for a good few days!

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