* The Age Melbourne Writers' Festival
* Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival
Held mid-August
* Christchurch Arts Festival
Held every two years. Next festival 2013.
* Edinburgh Fringe
It's one of the biggest arts festivals in the world, with something for everyone: theatre, comedy, music, dance, exhibitions and much, much more.
* Edinburgh International Book Festival
An energising and inspiring literary festival, right in the heart of Edinburgh: hundreds of author interviews, debates and workshops for all ages. Held each August.
* Edinburgh International Festival
Held in August and September each year. Opera, dance, theatre, music and workshops by artists from around the world.
* Glyndebourne
Opera festival held in Sussex between May and August.
* Going West Books and Writers Festival
The Going West Books and Writers Festival comprises an exciting range of word-based events including the theatre season, poetry slam, rare and second-hand book market, writers in schools programme, the literary weekend - bringing together writers and performers from around the country. The Festival runs from mid-August to mid-September.
* International Languages Week
Annual celebration in mid-August which has been running in schools around New Zealand for several years now. Schools and regions are encouraged to showcase and promote their language and culture of their communities.
* Maths Week
Maths Week is a time to highlight the usefulness and importance of learning maths. This site contains free resources for teachers, along with activities and competitions for students.
* Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne
Melbourne Art Fair is the premier fair and public exposition of contemporary visual art in the Asia Pacific region. Established in 1988, the Melbourne Art Fair is held biennially at the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. The next Fair will take place in 2014.
* Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney
Held in August each year to showcase Australian fashion.
* National Poetry Day
National day celebrating poetry with events, readings and competitions. Usually on a Friday in August.
* New Zealand International Film Festival: Christchurch
Annual festival of international films, screens early August.
* Rally of Finland
The World Rally Championship reaches Finland.
* Rally of Germany Rallye Deutschland
The World Rally Championship reaches Germany.
* Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators
The Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators has been a highlight of many family calendars since 1993. 10 to 18 August 2013. Christchurch Free Family Day 11 August at South Christchurch Library.
* The US Open
Grand Slam Tennis from Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre, New York. Player information, draws and results. Held end August to mid-September annually. From the United States Tennis Association
* World Rowing Championships
Annual event. 2013 event will take place in Chungju, Korea.