79 August Captions & Quotes to Savor the End of Summer

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Lauren Nowack
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Updated Mar 20, 2024

If you're here, you've hopefully squeezed every last ounce of goodness out of summer and want to share that with the world through the perfect August caption and post. The photos you snapped might showcase your recent beach vacation, your garden at its peak bloom or simply whatever fun you got up to the last few truly hot days of the year before school starts again.

For many, these end-of-summer photos will be from bachelorette parties and bridal showers, which obviously deserve their own post and spunky caption. Others may have attended a few spectacular summer weddings or are knee-deep in planning their own summertime nuptials. Whatever your excursion was, picking the right August Instagram captions will give your followers a better taste of precisely what you experienced lately.

The Best August Captions for Instagram in This Story: Quotes | Funny | Short | Cute | Clever | Editor's Favorites

Plus: How to Do an August Dump on Instagram

August Quotes

Quotes about August range from happy August quotes about sunshine and ice cream to more thought-provoking takes on the final sultry days of summer. From modern artists like T-Swift and Kenny Chesney to classic American authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sylvia Plath, there are plenty of tried-and-true summer thoughts here to pick from.

  • "August of another summer, and once again, I am drinking the sun, and the lilies again are spread across the water." – "The Pond" by Mary Oliver
  • "It's a cruel summer with you." — "Cruel Summer" by Taylor Swift
  • "The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled." – The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • "Summer has filled her veins with light, and her heart is washed with noon." – Cecil Day-Lewis
  • "Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August." – Denise Levertov
  • "I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this." – Susan Branch
  • "The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer… like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning." – Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • "It's a smile, it's a kiss, It's a sip of wine, it's summertime." – "Summertime" by Kenny Chesney
  • "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" – William Shakespeare
  • "But I can see us lost in the memory, August slipped away into a moment in time…" – "August" by Taylor Swift
  • "This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realize that it is August: the summer's last stand." — "A Line Made by Walking" by Sara Baume
  • "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time." – The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  • "When summer opens, I see how fast it matures and fears it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Funny August Captions

When brainstorming captions for an August photo dump, you'll definitely want to include some funny August quotes on your list. Both snarky and silly, please enjoy these hilarious August caption ideas.

  • Summer, your August is showing.
  • 🌇Watching more sunsets than Netflix these days🌇
  • *Beep Beep* Photo Dump 🚛 🗑️
  • Too much iced coffee? No such thing.
  • If you're not barefoot in a bikini, you're overdressed.
  • June and July were just practice.
  • PTO balance: 0️⃣ days

Short August Captions

Most of the time, if someone is scrolling social media, they don't want to read too much. So, picking from some of our short August quotes for Instagram will ensure your friends get just the right balance of words and images. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

  • August slipped away
  • Chapter 8: August
  • Bye, Summer.
  • summer sizzle ☀️💦
  • The life 😎
  • Rise then shine
  • Manifesting August
  • Bikini szn👙
  • August_24.jpg
  • Summer lovin' 🌞
  • ✈️ Mode
  • Summer slays
  • 🌟Golden view🌟
  • Summer scrapbooks
  • Cruel summer
  • In my sunshine era ☀️
  • Hello, August
  • Summer recap
  • I sea you 🌊🌊🌊
  • Summer's last stand
  • Midsummer Madness
  • Endless summer
  • August mems
  • 🕶️ No shade here 🕶️
  • Summer flex
  • Welcome, August

Cute August Captions

The cutest August IG captions will grasp the joy of summer and make whoever is scrolling want to get back outside and enjoy the weather for just a little more. Some might even give a nod to your upcoming wedding, which may also need a wedding countdown quote to go alongside it. Either way, we included plenty of August captions for Instagram that will both entice and inspire.

  • Sippin' on August sunshine
  • On a balcony in summer air
  • New month, same summer
  • Summer ain't over yet.
  • Based on a true story.
  • No one does August like we do.
  • The summer I turned pretty
  • Nice dreams and ice creams 🍦🌃
  • Not ready to say goodbye to summer
  • Long days, longer nights
  • "Kiss me hard before you go. Summertime sadness." — "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey
  • Grab your passport and my hand ✈️
  • Summer glow-up: complete
  • Lazy, hazy, crazy august days
  • Until next time, summer.

Clever August Captions

Sometimes simple, "Hello, August" quotes are not enough, especially if your followers have come to expect a little spice in your posts. If so, these August dump captions bring just a little more sass and spirit to your feed.

  • August is calling, and I must go.
  • Happiness comes in waves 🌊🌊🌊
  • August vibes only
  • Hot girl summer? More like hot mess August.
  • Summer days, summer daze
  • August: the Sunday of summer
  • Just shootin' the breeze
  • 90% sunshine, 10% burnt, 💯 happy
  • Slow down summer, you're giving August already.
  • Not sure if I collected more seashells or memories this year 🐚🩷🐚
  • Awe-gust
  • Summer: 93% Loading Complete

Editor's Favorite August Photo Dump Captions

It's not hard for us to admit that we love using the words of Taylor Swift for August captions. Her incredible storytelling lends itself to seemingly endless Taylor-inspired Instagram captions. We included a few here alongside other favorite August recap captions to ensure your final summer post gets all the love it deserves.

  • "August slipped away like a bottle of wine." — Taylor Swift, "August"
  • Same time next summer?
  • Summer's last scraps
  • August: she was good to us.
  • "And all at once, summer collapsed into fall." — Oscar Wilde

How to Do an August Dump on Instagram

After collecting photos and videos that best summarize your August adventures best, you'll need to find some end of August captions to compliment them. The best words will capture the joy summer usually gives alongside the bittersweet feelings of this season coming to a close. Oftentimes, this will include a final vacation with beach-themed colors like blues and browns.

As some people may be sad about the impending transition into fall, consider including some inspiration or motivational August quotes to encourage your friends and family. The most important part of all, though, is that your post is authentic to you and how you live your life. If that means your entire post is Taylor Swift quotes from a Swiftie-themed bachelorette, we're here for it.

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