Keadue, Ireland: O'Carolan Hart and Traditional Irish Music Festival, Aug. 4-7.

Edinburgh, Scotland: The Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Aug. 4-26); Edinburgh Fringe Fest, which purports to be the world's biggest open arts event (Aug. 6-28); Edinburgh International Book Festival, one of the English-speaking world's major literary events, with readings, discussions, sales and book signings (Aug. 12-28); Edinburgh International Festival of classical music, theater, opera and dance (Aug. 13-Sept. 3); and Edinburgh International Film Festival (Aug. 16-27).Monterey, Calif.: Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival, Aug. 5-6.

Pesaro, Italy: The Rossini Opera Festival, Aug. 5-19, is an annual celebration in the birthplace of the composer.

Hiroshima, Japan: Thousands of paper lanterns set adrift on the Motoyasu River on Aug. 6, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.

Nassau, Bahamas: Choirs, costumed parades, calypso bands, dance competitions and more mark Emancipation Day, Aug. 7.

Glasgow, Scotland: Piping Live!, Aug. 7-13, is an international bagpiping festival.

Bayreuth, Germany: The Bayreuth Festival, Aug. 7-16, one of the world's premier showcases for Wagner operas.

Vancouver, Canada: Festival Vancouver, Aug. 7-20, focusing on Mozart and the music and musicians of Italy.

Dublin, Ireland: The Dublin Horse Show, Aug. 9-13, one of the world's top equestrian events.

Budapest, Hungary: Sziget (Island) Festival, Aug. 9-16, on an island in the Danube, is Hungary's largest music festival, offering mainstream and hard rock, world music, electric dance music, alternative styles, blues and jazz.

Toronto: Toronto's Festival of Beer, Aug. 11-13, is Canada's largest.

Brussels: Once every two years the city's Grand-Place is covered for several days with a huge flower carpet. It happens this year Aug. 11-15, when 600,000 begonias do the job.

Wiesbaden, Germany: The Wiesbaden Wine Festival, Aug. 11-20, one of the country's largest such events.

New York: The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), Aug. 11-27, claims to be the largest multi-arts festival in North America.

Sacramento: California State Fair, Aug. 11-Sept. 4.

Japan (various): During the major Buddhist celebration of Obon, or the Feast of Lanterns, Aug. 12-15, lanterns are hung in front of houses and floated on bodies of water to guide ancestors' spirits.

St. Georges, Grenada: Grenada Carnival, Aug. 14-15, is the island's main annual celebration.

Zakopane, Poland: The International Festival of Mountain Folklore, Aug. 18-26, presents authentic regional music, dance and costumes.

London: During Kids' Week, Aug. 18-Sept. 1, theaters around the city open their doors for free stagings of shows for children and teens.

Chicago: The Chicago Air and Water Show, Aug. 19-20, features aviation and boat demonstrations above and across Lake Michigan.