Need some ideas of how to spend your August weekends? If you’re taking a road trip around the country or just making the most of your weekend, you should definitely look into stopping by some of the great food festivals happening around the country during the late summer. Even if you’re not a foodie, you can still enjoy all that these festivals have to offer. Check out four of the best summer food festivals in August across the United States below, but fair warning, this post might make you hungry!

1. Truckeroo Food Truck Festival — Washington, D.C.

Truckeroo DC, best food festivals in the United States in August

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Food trucks are all the rage these days, and food truck fans will love Truckeroo Food Truck Festival in Washington D.C. This event has a variety of over 25 trucks, serving food ranging from BBQ to burritos to crepes and everything in between. Plus, there’s live music and games like cornhole all day. This event takes place on Friday, August 19th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you can take the rest of the weekend to explore the nation’s capital!

2. Austin Ice Cream Festival — Austin, Texas

Austin Ice Cream Festival, best food festivals in the United States in August

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! You can’t go wrong with ice cream to beat the summer heat so stopping by the Austin Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, August 13th is a must! In addition to free ice cream with admission, there will also be live music, games, and even an ice cream eating contest. Once you’re done indulging, check out Austin’s other attractions, such as Congress Avenue Bridge.

3. Maine Lobster Festival — Rockport, Maine

Maine Lobster Festival, best food festivals in the United States in August

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Experience famous Maine lobsters at the Maine Lobster Festival from Wednesday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 7th. This five-day festival has so much to offer: a parade, carnival, live entertainment, the Great International Lobster Crate Race (a must-see) and, of course, endless lobster and seafood! Make sure to get yourself a lobster roll!

4. Seattle Street Food Festival — Seattle, Washington

Eugene Kim via Flickr

Eugene Kim via Flickr

Across the country, Seattle hosts one of the largest street food festivals in the US. The Seattle Street Food Festival, which takes place on Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st, boasts an impressive 29 food trucks and 23 booths, not to mention a beer garden and a pop-up picnic where local, upcoming chefs (such as those at Veraci Pizza, pictured above) get to showcase their talent and have their food judged by event attendees and celebrity judges.


Is your mouth watering yet? Thought so. Pack a bag, jump in the car or book a flight, and whatever you do, make sure you bring a huge appetite!

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