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.

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Beltane Fire Festival 2018 by Gordon Veitch

Beltane Fire Festival

30 Apr 2020 - 8:00pm 1 May 2020 - 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
EISF: Generation Science

Edinburgh Science Festival

4 Apr 2020 - 10:00am 19 Apr 2020 - 11:00pm Founded in 1988, the Edinburgh Science Festival brings together a programme of around 270... Read more
Robert Burns (cutout)

Burns Night in Edinburgh

25 Jan 2020 - 6:00pm 25 Jan 2020 - 11:59pm Various Burns Suppers, ceilidhs and similar celebrations take place around the city to celebrate... Read more
Big wheel on Princes Street

Edinburgh's Christmas

15 Nov 2019 - 10:00am 4 Jan 2020 - 11:59pm Christmas, or Xmas for non-believers, used to be a quiet period in Edinburgh. It's less so now,... Read more
Hogmanay Street Party fireworks

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

30 Dec 2019 - 7:00pm 1 Jan 2020 - 9:00pm Traditionally, Hogmanay is marked in Scotland with friends and first footing at the strike of... Read more
Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day 2010

St. Andrew's Day

30 Nov 2019 (All day) 30 Nov 2019 (All day) St. Andrew's Day commemorates Scotland's patron saint and is a Scottish Bank Holiday, although... Read more
Scottish Storytelling Centre on the High Street

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

18 Oct 2019 - 7:30pm 31 Oct 2019 - 11:30pm As the nights draw in, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival celebrates the art of yarn-... Read more
Scene from Bollywood Love Story

Edinburgh Mela

31 Aug 2019 - 12:00pm 31 Aug 2019 - 9:00pm Edinburgh Mela 2019 dates and times to be confirmed. As the names suggests, the annual "Mela... Read more
Virgin arches on the Royal Mile

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

2 Aug 2019 (All day) 26 Aug 2019 (All day) The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that... Read more
Book Festival in Charlotte Square

Edinburgh International Book Festival

10 Aug 2019 (All day) 26 Aug 2019 (All day) The temporary, tented village at Charlotte Square's Georgian garden, in the heart of Edinburgh's... Read more
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Edinburgh International Festival

2 Aug 2019 - 6:00pm 26 Aug 2019 - 10:45pm The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 72nd anniversary in 2019. A high-brow... Read more
Richard Wright Stairwell

Edinburgh Art Festival

25 Jul 2019 - 12:00pm 25 Aug 2019 - 11:59pm Established in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival is the newest major addition to Edinburgh's... Read more
Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019

2 Aug 2019 - 9:00pm 24 Aug 2019 - 10:30pm For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds... Read more
Cat Deely in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Television Festival

21 Aug 2019 - 9:00am 23 Aug 2019 - 5:00pm The London media's mover-and-shakers descend on Edinburgh for three days for this annual get-... Read more
Horn at Jazz Fest

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

12 Jul 2019 - 10:00am 21 Jul 2019 - 11:59pm The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more... Read more
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Edinburgh International Film Festival

19 Jun 2019 - 8:45pm 30 Jun 2019 - 11:59pm The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continuously run film festival in the world... Read more