City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh's Festivals

Edinburgh is best-known for its August festival: a huge, month-long arts extravaganza that actually includes several festivals running at the same time. But there are festivals taking place in Edinburgh throughout the year - from the Edinburgh Science Festival in April to Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations at New Year's Eve, with its Hogamanay street party for 80,000. These are the major Edinburgh Festivals in the city's events calendar.

Edinburgh Festival Starts Ends About the Festival
Science Festival - Late Lab

Edinburgh International Science Festival

4 Apr 2015 - 10:00am 19 Apr 2015 - 11:00pm Founded in 1988, the Edinburgh Science Festival brings together a programme of educational and... Read more
Beltane Fire Festival procession

Beltane Fire Festival

30 Apr 2015 - 8:00pm 1 May 2015 - 1:00am On the last night of April and first day of May up to 12,000 people take to Calton Hill for a... Read more

Imaginate Festival

11 May 2015 - 10:30am 17 May 2015 - 6:00pm Touring children's theatre festival, taking place each summer, with around 15 or so productions in... Read more

Edinburgh International Film Festival

17 Jun 2015 - 9:30pm 28 Jun 2015 - 11:59pm The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continuously run film festival in the world... Read more
Horn at Jazz Fest

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

17 Jul 2015 - 10:00am 26 Jul 2015 - 11:59pm The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more... Read more
Whitworth Tapestry, 1967

Edinburgh Art Festival

30 Jul 2015 - 12:00pm 30 Aug 2015 - 11:59pm Established in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival is the newest major addition to Edinburgh's... Read more
Virgin arches on the Royal Mile

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

7 Aug 2015 (All day) 31 Aug 2015 (All day) The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that... Read more

Edinburgh International Festival

7 Aug 2015 - 6:00pm 31 Aug 2015 - 10:45pm The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), a high-brow assembly of some of the world's... Read more
Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015

7 Aug 2015 - 9:00pm 29 Aug 2015 - 10:30pm For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds... Read more
Book Festival in Charlotte Square

Edinburgh International Book Festival

15 Aug 2015 (All day) 31 Aug 2015 (All day) The temporary, tented village at Charlotte Square's Georgian garden, in the heart of Edinburgh's... Read more
Cat Deely in Edinburgh

MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival

26 Aug 2015 - 9:00am 28 Aug 2015 - 5:00pm The London media's mover-and-shakers descend on Edinburgh for three days for this annual get-... Read more
Mela Puppets

Edinburgh Mela

29 Aug 2015 - 12:00pm 29 Aug 2015 - 9:00pm As the names suggests, the annual "Mela" is a "festival" or "fair"... Read more
Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day 2010

St. Andrew's Day

30 Nov 2015 (All day) 30 Nov 2015 (All day) St. Andrew's Day commemorates Scotland's patron saint and is a Scottish Bank Holiday, although... Read more
Hogmanay Street Party fireworks

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

30 Dec 2015 - 7:00pm 1 Jan 2016 - 9:00pm Traditionally, Hogmanay is marked in Scotland with friends and first footing at the strike of... Read more
Robert Burns (cutout)

Burns Night in Edinburgh

25 Jan 2016 - 6:00pm 25 Jan 2016 - 11:59pm Various Burns Suppers, ceilidhs and similar celebrations take place around the city to celebrate... Read more