City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

By edg - Posted on 04 June 2015

Virgin arches on the Royal Mile
Event details
Friday, August 5, 2016 (All day) - Monday, August 29, 2016 (All day)
Telephone (info): 
0131 226 0026
Telephone (box office): 
0131 226 0000 / 0131 226 0036 (Friends of the Fringe)

The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth".

The stats bear that out: 2015 saw the Fringe growing again with 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues across Scotland’s capital city. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There were slightly fewer free shows 807 (down from 825 free shows) at the 2015 Fringe.

Each year, EG's Fringe team follows the drama, on stage and behind the scenes at the Fringe.

Fringe Festival Coverage

Fringe Tickets

The 2015 Fringe Programme was launched on 4 June 2015 and is free from outlets around town and in digital form on the Fringe web site. Tickets can be bought over the phone and in person at the Fringe Box Office and at 20 outlets around Edinburgh (see the Fringe tickets web site details).

Tickets can also be bought by card from the Edinburgh Airport kiosk from 3rd - 31st August (24hrs).

Booking online incurs a 90p booking fee up to a maximum of £5.40. Discounts are available for students, over-60s, unemployed, etc. There's often a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.

Fringe Ticket deals

Tickets for shows generally tend to be cheaper at the start of the Fringe festival, with special deals at most venues and ticket giveaways, to get bums on seats during the crucial first week when the press are in.

Among the ticket deals you'll find a number of shows have two-for-one deals when buying full price tickets on 10th and 11th August.

The Fringe half price hut has deals from 12-31 August (10am-9pm).

Tickets to BBC shows at Potter Row are free but due to popularity are distributed by a random draw. See tickets to BBC at Edinburgh's Festivals.

There's also a host of performers and free shows along the Royal Mile and outside the National Galleries at the foot of The Mound.

Edinburgh Fringe reviews archive:

Edinburgh Festival Free shows