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. Below are the major Edinburgh Festivals in the city's events calendar.

Edinburgh Festival Starts Ends About the Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

15 Jun 2016 - 9:00pm 26 Jun 2016 - 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

15 Jul 2016 - 10:00am 24 Jul 2016 - 11:59pm The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more... Read more
Pablo Picasso and Lee Miller after the Liberation of Paris (1944) - Copyright Lee Miller Archives

Edinburgh Art Festival

28 Jul 2016 - 12:00pm 28 Aug 2016 - 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 2016

5 Aug 2016 (All day) 29 Aug 2016 (All day) The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that... Read more
The Harmonium Project

Edinburgh International Festival

5 Aug 2016 - 6:00pm 29 Aug 2016 - 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 2016

5 Aug 2016 - 9:00pm 27 Aug 2016 - 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

13 Aug 2016 (All day) 29 Aug 2016 (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

24 Aug 2016 - 9:00am 26 Aug 2016 - 5:00pm The London media's mover-and-shakers descend on Edinburgh for three days for this annual get-... Read more
Scene from Bollywood Love Story

Edinburgh Mela

27 Aug 2016 - 12:00pm 27 Aug 2016 - 9:00pm As the names suggests, the annual "Mela" is a "festival" or "fair"... Read more
Big wheel on Princes Street

Edinburgh's Christmas

20 Nov 2016 - 10:00am 4 Jan 2017 - 11:59pm Christmas, or Xmas for non-believers, used to be a quiet period in Edinburgh. It's less so now,... Read more
Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day 2010

St. Andrew's Day

30 Nov 2016 (All day) 30 Nov 2016 (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 2016 - 7:00pm 1 Jan 2017 - 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 2017 - 6:00pm 25 Jan 2017 - 11:59pm Various Burns Suppers, ceilidhs and similar celebrations take place around the city to celebrate... Read more
Cuddly robot at Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival

1 Apr 2017 - 10:00am 16 Apr 2017 - 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 2017 - 8:00pm 1 May 2017 - 1:30am On the last night of April and first day of May up to 12,000 people take to Calton Hill for a... Read more