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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Cuddly robot at Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival

31 Mar 2018 - 10:00am 15 Apr 2018 - 11:00pm Founded in 1988, the Edinburgh Science Festival brings together a programme of around 270... Read more
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
EIFF logo

Edinburgh International Film Festival

20 Jun 2018 - 9:00pm 1 Jul 2018 - 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

13 Jul 2018 - 10:00am 22 Jul 2018 - 11:59pm The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more... Read more
Cat Deely in Edinburgh

MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival

22 Aug 2018 - 9:00am 24 Aug 2018 - 5:00pm The London media's mover-and-shakers descend on Edinburgh for three days for this annual get-... Read more
Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018

3 Aug 2018 - 9:00pm 25 Aug 2018 - 10:30pm For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds... Read more
Richard Wright Stairwell

Edinburgh Art Festival

26 Jul 2018 - 12:00pm 26 Aug 2018 - 11:59pm Established in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival is the newest major addition to Edinburgh's... Read more
Five Telegrams

Edinburgh International Festival

3 Aug 2018 - 6:00pm 27 Aug 2018 - 10:45pm The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 71st anniversary in 2018. A high-brow... Read more
Virgin arches on the Royal Mile

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

3 Aug 2018 (All day) 27 Aug 2018 (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

11 Aug 2018 (All day) 27 Aug 2018 (All day) The temporary, tented village at Charlotte Square's Georgian garden, in the heart of Edinburgh's... Read more
Scene from Bollywood Love Story

Edinburgh Mela

1 Sep 2018 - 12:00pm 1 Sep 2018 - 9:00pm 2018 dates and times to be confirmed. As the names suggests, the annual "Mela" is a... Read more
Scottish Storytelling Centre on the High Street

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

19 Oct 2018 - 7:30pm 31 Oct 2018 - 7:30pm A festival that celebrates the art of yarn-spinning and tale-telling held at the award-winning... Read more
Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day 2010

St. Andrew's Day

30 Nov 2018 (All day) 30 Nov 2018 (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 2018 - 7:00pm 1 Jan 2019 - 9:00pm Traditionally, Hogmanay is marked in Scotland with friends and first footing at the strike of... Read more
Big wheel on Princes Street

Edinburgh's Christmas

16 Nov 2018 - 10:00am 5 Jan 2019 - 11:59pm Dates and times to be confirmed Christmas, or Xmas for non-believers, used to be a quiet period in... Read more
Robert Burns (cutout)

Burns Night in Edinburgh

25 Jan 2019 - 6:00pm 25 Jan 2019 - 11:59pm Various Burns Suppers, ceilidhs and similar celebrations take place around the city to celebrate... Read more