Best August Events a Train Ride Away

The dog days of summer are upon us, which means festivals across the country are really starting to heat up. Looking to make August a month to remember?  We’ve got a list of hot tickets items you don’t want to miss. So snag your seat, score a deal, and check out these five must-attend August events.

NYC Restaurant Week
Do you have champagne taste, but you’re operating on a beer budget? New York Restaurant Week, which stretches from July 21 to August 15, offers three-course dining deals at over 300 of NYC’s best restaurants for cheap, really cheap ($25 for lunch & $38 for dinner). Book your ticket on the Northeast Regional 14 days in advance and your looking at a low cost, high class day in the city!
RoutesAcelaNortheast Regional and 12 others!

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Coming into its 53rd year of celebrating all things folk, the Philadelphia Folk Festival is the longest-running festival of its kind in the country. The three-day festival, running August 14-17, has something for everybody including live music, hands-on crafts, family camping and goods for purchase from artisans from across the Northeast.
Routes: PennsylvanianCarolinian and 7 others!

This urban festival is more than just a music festival, it is a cultural experience that takes place in the heart of Chi-Town, Grant Park. Headliners include Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. All in all, more than 100 performers will hit the stage at this three-day, must-see, music festival happening July 31- August 2.
RoutesSouthwest Chief and 10 others

Burning Man
Taking place the week leading up to and including Labor Day, Burning Man is an annual event held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Tens of thousands of participants gather to create what is known as Black Rock City, dedicated to celebrating community, self-expression, art and self-reliance. Although, the Black Rock Desert isn’t  easily accessible by public transportation, participants can take the train to Reno and then hop The Burner Express for an easy ride to the festival.
Route: California Zephyr

Oregon State Fair
Rated one of the top 10 state fairs by the Huffington Post, the Oregon State Fair is an 11 day festival from August 22 to September 1 for all ages and a great way to end summer on a high note. Take a spin on the carousel, stroll down the artisan village and sip home brews and locally made wine before taking in a concert on the main stage. Book your ticket early aboard Amtrak Cascades and save 25% on travel!
Route: Amtrak Cascades 

What’s your favorite August hot spot? Tell us in the comments below!