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 Startssort icon Ends About the Festival
Beltane Fire Festival procession

Beltane Fire Festival

30 Apr 2018 - 8:00pm 1 May 2018 - 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
Robert Burns (cutout)

Burns Night in Edinburgh

25 Jan 2018 - 6:00pm 25 Jan 2018 - 11:59pm Various Burns Suppers, ceilidhs and similar celebrations take place around the city to celebrate... Read more
Hogmanay Street Party fireworks

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

30 Dec 2017 - 7:00pm 1 Jan 2018 - 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 2017 (All day) 30 Nov 2017 (All day) St. Andrew's Day commemorates Scotland's patron saint and is a Scottish Bank Holiday, although... Read more
Big wheel on Princes Street

Edinburgh's Christmas

17 Nov 2017 - 10:00am 6 Jan 2018 - 11:59pm Christmas, or Xmas for non-believers, used to be a quiet period in Edinburgh. It's less so now,... Read more
Scene from Bollywood Love Story

Edinburgh Mela

2 Sep 2017 - 12:00pm 2 Sep 2017 - 9:00pm As the names suggests, the annual "Mela" is a "festival" or "fair"... Read more
Book Festival in Charlotte Square

Edinburgh International Book Festival

12 Aug 2017 (All day) 28 Aug 2017 (All day) The temporary, tented village at Charlotte Square's Georgian garden, in the heart of Edinburgh's... Read more
Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017

4 Aug 2017 - 9:00pm 26 Aug 2017 - 10:30pm For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds... Read more
Macbeth - Teatro Regio Torino

Edinburgh International Festival

4 Aug 2017 - 6:00pm 28 Aug 2017 - 10:45pm The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 70th anniversary in 2017. A high-brow... Read more
Virgin arches on the Royal Mile

Edinburgh Fringe 2017

4 Aug 2017 (All day) 28 Aug 2017 (All day) The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that... Read more
Richard Wright Stairwell

Edinburgh Art Festival

27 Jul 2017 - 12:00pm 27 Aug 2017 - 11:59pm Established in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival is the newest major addition to Edinburgh's... Read more
Horn at Jazz Fest

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

14 Jul 2017 - 10:00am 23 Jul 2017 - 11:59pm The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more... Read more
EIFF logo

Edinburgh International Film Festival

21 Jun 2017 - 9:00pm 2 Jul 2017 - 11:59pm The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continuously run film festival in the world... 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
Scottish Storytelling Centre on the High Street

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

21 Oct 2016 - 7:30pm 31 Oct 2016 - 7:30pm A festival that celebrates the art of yarn-spinning and tale-telling held at the award-winning... 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