Mobilization and Events

Amazing Outdoor Events in August

Beat the dog day’s of summer this August by spicing things up a bit. Participate in a 6 day trail race, watch dueling dragon boats, or try a fried Twinkie (on a stick of course). Here to help you along is a list of 10 amazing outdoor events in August:


TransRockies Run 20121. 2013 TransRockies Run 

Not for your faint of heart; this 6-day, 120 mile team run has you running across the Rocky Mountains from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek. Filled with spectacular views, perfect trails, and 20,000 feet of elevation gain; this race will have you sucking in fresh air and smiling the whole way. The event kicks off August 13, so you better start training yesterday!


2 summer2. Virginia’s “The Great Bull Run”

This event encourages you to “grab life by the horns,” and they mean it. Sign up for this event and come August 24th you could be running down a quarter mile track with 24 half-ton bulls at your footsteps. Not up for a good goring? Afterwards is a traditional tomato fight. Spectators and participants all welcome.


3 summer3. Psicobloc 

 You may have missed this Park City event this year, but make sure to scour the internet for all the highlights to come and mark your calender for next year. 50 foot vertical walls, deep-water free-soloing, and enough professional climbers to scale Everest; what else could you ask for?


4 summer4. Outside Lands Music Festival – San Francisco

Check out this summer music festival August 9 through the 11th and get your groove on! Located in the heart of San Fran; this year’s lineup includes Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Vampire Weekend. Also for an added twist, green initiatives are being implemented throughout the festival; refillable water bottles, a stage powered by alternative energy, and a massive bike valet. Rocking out never felt so right.


5 summer5. Iowa State Fair

 Going for over 150+ years now, the Iowa State Fair is not only a fair, it is The Fair. Pick any date (or all) between August 8th and August 18th, and be prepared to witness the world’s largest pig, a butter cow, and enough fried food to make you feel guilty for the rest of the year. Not into the agriculture or over-indulgence? The Fair also offers a variety of shows, learning opportunities, and of course, people watching galore.


6 summer6. Outdoor Retailer 

The event may have come and passed, but what happens in Salt Lake doesn’t stay in Salt Lake. Check the web and witness all the new gear innovations, new products, and outdoor messages. Start your planning early next year and get geared up to go to Outdoor Retailer 2014.


7 summer7. Vancouver, Washington BrewFest

 What could be better then fresh Northwest Beer, live music, and great local food? How about if all the proceeds go towards charities such as the Disabled American Veterans or Humane Society? Win-Win! Meet and socialize with local brewers August 9-11 while supporting good causes. Can’t be much more fun than that.


8 summer copy8. USA Pro Challenge

 If you want to participate in this event, and you haven’t heard of this event, chances are you are not going to be participating this year. But with over 1,000,000 attendees this “toughest professional cycling race” is one of the US’s biggest and baddest. Check online for tickets to this Colorado event of the year.


9 summer9. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Come to the Big Apple August 10 or 11 to witness fiery fitness on the water. This celebration of Hong Kong culture includes boat races, good food, and endless entertainment. Bring your friends, family, even complete strangers; this event has free admission.


10 summer10. Washington Park Summer Festival

What screams summertime more then plopping down a lawn chair and enjoying the evening breeze accompanied with some live music? Portland seems to agree, that’s why for 10 consecutive days starting August 1st, the Washington Park Rose  Amphitheater is hosting one music act after another. So what are you waiting for? Grab your most comfortable backyard chair and settle in.