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Southwest Destinations for August

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Find out about the most interesting places to visit and festivals to attend in the Southwestern United States in the month of August.

1. Santa Fe Indian Market

Each year the Santa Fe Indian Market includes 1,200 artists from about 100 tribes who show their work in over 600 booths. The event attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. Buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality is the hallmark of the Santa Fe Indian Market.

2. Hot August Nights - Reno and Sparks, Nevada

Shine your Chevy, detail your Deuce Coupe and hustle your hot rod over to Reno and Sparks' Hot August Nights for a celebration of America's love affair with cars and rock & roll. This "blast from the past" allows baby boomers to relive the "happy days" and it provides an opportunity for those who didn't experience the 50's and '60s firsthand to enjoy the era.

3. August in Colorado

Wine, jazz and art are just some of the offerings in Colorado in the month of August.

4. Texas International Fishing Tournament

For more than 68 years the Texas International Fishing Tournament has taken pride in creating an atmosphere of friendly fishing competition and wholesome family fun. A five day event, scheduled each August offers fishing divisions that include bay, offshore and tarpon. TIFT is open to anglers of all ages and is the largest saltwater fishing tournament in Texas.

5. Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, Nevada

What is Burning Man? Writer Molly Steenson explains, "You're here to create. Since nobody at Burning Man is a spectator, you're here to build your own new world. You've built an egg for shelter, a suit made of light sticks, a car that looks like a shark's fin." And after all this, they Burn the Man! Getting to Burning Man The nearest airport is Reno International, 127 miles away.

6. Great American Duck Races - Deming, New Mexico

This looks like fun! A carnival, duck races, outhouse races, and even hot air balloons. Head for Deming the end of August for some ducky doings!

7. Reno - Tahoe Blues Festival - Nevada

A two day festival featuring some of the top headliners in the music world, supported by nationally known touring acts while also presenting the best in hot up and coming blues and blues inspired artists. This is a total festival experience offering food, drink, merchandise and fun in a beautiful outdoor park setting.

8. Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival - Littleton, Colorado

Hot air balloon festival, with 2 colorful mass ascensions of the balloons, and a night illumination on Saturday. Daytime activities include vendors and exhibitors, food and drink, childrens activity area.

9. Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial

Every August Gallup plays host to Native Americans from across the United States in a massive Inter-tribal ceremonial. The Indoor and Outdoor Marketplace and the Ceremonial Showroom present the country's most complete and varied displays of genuine Indian fine arts, including Navajo rugs, katsinas, jewelry, pottery and basketry. There are socials, rodeos and parades.

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