This August, festivals are dedicated to everything from music, culture and colour, to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself. Immerse yourself in a bubble of celebration, either in the incredible city of Edinburgh, surrounded by charm in Brazil or in the midst of Elvis’ biggest week in his Graceland home. Whether it’s out and about on the streets of a peaceful city or in a field of music, you and your significant other are sure to celebrate a new marriage with the spirit and the excitement that comes from a festival.
Edinburgh August Festivals
In Edinburgh you don’t just get a choice of one or two festivals – here it’s a whole month of different festivals combined into the one huge, thrilling party. Start the month with the Edinburgh Art Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and finish it off with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It has been dubbed the world’s leading festival city, and we can see why! With over 3,000 events and 4.5 million people visiting from 70 countries worldwide, Edinburgh very quickly becomes the celebration hub of the globe and with it comes an atmosphere unlike any other. Come ready to step into an immersion of the world’s cultures and traditions.
For someplace close to stay, have a look into the Old Town Chambers. The luxury, award-winning apartments are a lovely mixture of period features, historic charm, and signature individuality. The apartments are located almost on top of some of the best places in the city, including restaurants and tourist attractions. For something just as private and glamorous there’s The Chester Residence. The townhouse apartments are the epitome of luxury and comfort – and it comes complete with a newlywed package! Indulge yourself with champagne and fresh rose petals.
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The Edinburgh Festival is a celebration of arts and culture from around the world that will be sure to keep you busy all month long. Indulge in the festival of books where even the most novice bookworm could find solace and joy in the pages of hundreds upon hundreds of books. If it’s not your thing, enjoy a firework show with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo before moving onto some of Scotland’s most incredible sites from the medieval Old Town to the Edinburgh Castle. There is no shortage of places and things to do to celebrate a new marriage in beautiful Edinburgh!
Bumba Meu Boi
From a history of African, Indian, and Portuguese comes the story of an ox’s death and its resurrection that has inspired a festival dedicated to the tale told through dance, song, theatre and art. Brazil comes alive with street performers dressed as mythical creatures of all colours who dance and revel across the city. Two rival groups, the Caprichoso and Garantido, square off with colours and banners and then parade through the streets for the official staging of the legend. It’s incredible to watch!
Brazil is lucky to be filled with charming and luxurious hotels to live out your honeymoon, like the always gorgeous Vila Da Santa and the Villas De Trancoso. Both hotels offer fine cuisine, beautiful locations, and a lovely mix of comfort and style. They are also close to some of the best of Brazil, including their August festival.
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Brazil is a city where celebrations and carnivals are truly at their peaks. This particular festival is a theatrical and religious display of their celebratory traditions, and they don’t hold anything back. Music is a key element in this celebration, as is the street procession and the abundance of colours. This is the kind of festival that takes you from the familiar and presents a celebration of the unfamiliar. Along with your new partner, you’re sure to experience something big and exciting.
Each August fans from around the world come together to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the legacy he left behind. It’s a celebration that takes place all across the globe as impersonators and die-hard fans take to their own cities to truly honour one of the greatest musicians of all time, but it’s in Tennessee where the ultimate events take place. Elvis Week always includes traditional events like the Elvis Fan Club President’s Event, Graceland Insiders’ Event, candlelight vigils, and special concerts. In the heart of his home and his music, you can’t help falling in love all over again.
Not quite the Heartbreak Hotel, but still something to keep you in the Elvis spirit is the lovely Sewanee Inn. Featuring over 40 charming guest rooms and suites is an inn that offers some of the best views of beautiful Tennessee paired with a ballroom, convenience to tourist attractions and picturesque experiences. For something a little more high-rise have a look at the Hampton Suites in Knoxville. With contemporary accommodation, central location and comfort the hotel is perfect for honeymooners.
Image via Sewanee Inn
Put on your blue suede shoes, pack away the wooden heart and be prepared to embrace Elvis’ most romantic songs all over again. Stroll along the streets of his hometown, visit Graceland and the King himself, and enjoy the feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself – and of course, there’s the impersonators, celebrities, and general cheer that comes with the entire festival.
Ms Polka Dot says: Something for everyone in all corners of the globe!