The beat goes on, as the sounds of summer reverberate far and wide — old-time acoustic music in Iowa, calypso in London and punk rock in Hungary. Meanwhile, it's time to cast off those look-good-in-a-swimsuit resolutions and dig into the foods of the season, from deep-fried state-fair treats in Minnesota to gourmet tidbits in Denver.
Aug. 1-2: Sitka Seafood Festival, Sitka, Alaska, sitkaseafoodfestival.org. Where crab is king and salmon sovereign.
Aug. 1-3: Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman, Mont.; 406-586-4003; sweetpeafestival.org. Festivities in Lindley Park, starting with Shakespeare.
Aug. 1-3: Pickathon, Happy Valley, Ore.; pickathon.com. Independent music festival in the woods, very near to Portlandia.
Aug. 1-3: Twins Day Festival, Twinsburg, Ohio, 330-425-3652; twinsdays.org. This year's theme is "Twinstock — Groovy in Twinsburg," a double take on the 1960s.
Aug. 4-10: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, S.D.; 605-720-0800; sturgismotorcyclerally.com. Main Street fills up with five blocks of bikes.
Aug. 7-10: Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, Richmond; 800-635-3037; minnesotabluegrass.org. Round-the-clock jam at El Rancho Manana campground.
Aug. 8-10: Kingston Sheepdog Trials, Kingston, Ontario; kingstonsheepdogtrials.com. Shear delights, from sheep to shawl.
Aug. 8-10: Shoshone-Bannock Festival, Fort Hall, Idaho; sbtribes.com/festival. Traditional dancing, singing and drumming, capped by the National Indian Relay Races.
Aug. 8-31: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland; eif.co.uk. Top-flight dance, theater, music and performances, including the opera "William Tell."
Aug. 9-24: Moritzburg Festival, Moritzburg, Germany, 212-661-7200; moritzburgfestival.de. Concerts in castles, churches, parks and factories.
Aug. 11-18: Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary, sziget.hu/festival. Metal band Korn and punk-rocking NOFX keep the streets hopping.
Aug. 14-17: Brussels' Flower Carpet, 212-758-8130, flowercarpet.be. Biennial begonia bash carpets the Grand-Place.
Aug. 14-16: Route 66 International Festival, Kingman, Ariz.; kingman66fest.com. Sock hop, VW Bug Fest and travel trailer show highlight annual highway hoedown.
Aug. 15-31: Wellington on a Plate, Wellington, New Zealand; 310-395-7480; wellingtononaplate.com. From pretzel-making to blind dining, a celebration of all things food and beverage.
Aug. 21-Sept. 1: Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul; mnstatefair.org. Full-fare fair includes 28 new foods, from beer gelato to chocolate dessert salami.
Aug. 24-25: Notting Hill Carnival, London, thenottinghillcarnival.com. Steel bands and calypsonians claim the streets of West London.
Aug. 25-31: National Old-Time Music Contests, LeMars, Iowa; ntcma.net. Nine stages with 650 performers, plus a 10th stage for competitions.
Aug. 29-31: Gulf Coast Jam, Panama City Beach, Fla.; 850-233-5070; gulfcoastjam.com. Country music on the beach, with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and more.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: A Taste of Colorado, Denver; 303-295-6330; atasteofcolorado.com. Labor Day food with a side of music serves half a million.
Aug. 30: Boomsday, Knoxville, Tenn.; 800-727-8045; boomsdayknoxville.com. Holiday blast features fireworks synchronized to music.
Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Bumbershoot, Seattle; bumbershoot.org. A roster of 225 performers spreads out at Seattle Center, including the Wu-Tang Clan and Elvis Costello.
Dates may change; always check in advance to confirm.