City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe 2017


By edg - Posted on 02 February 2017

Virgin arches on the Royal Mile
Event details
Time: 
Friday, August 4, 2017 (All day) - Monday, August 28, 2017 (All day)
Telephone (info): 
0131 226 0026
Telephone (box office): 
0131 226 0000 / 0131 226 0036 (Friends of the Fringe)

The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth".

The stats bear that out: 2016 saw 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across Scotland’s capital city. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There are 643 free shows and 164 pay what you want shows at the 2016 Fringe.

Each year, EG's Fringe team follows the drama, on stage and behind the scenes at the Fringe.

Fringe Festival Coverage

Fringe Tickets

The first batch of Fringe tickets go on sale on 2nd February, with a fresh batch of tickets released each month up until the 7th June when the full 2017 programme comes out.

  • Tickets went on sale on 7 June with the Fringe programme launch

The 2017 Fringe Programme is free from outlets around town and in digital form on the Fringe web site. Tickets can be bought over the phone and in person at the Fringe Box Office and at 20 outlets around Edinburgh (see the Fringe tickets web site details).

Tickets can also be bought by card from the Edinburgh Airport kiosk from the first week of the Fringe (24hrs).

Booking online incurs a 90p booking fee up to a maximum of £5.40. Discounts are available for students, over-60s, unemployed, etc. There's often a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.

Fringe Ticket deals

Tickets for shows generally tend to be cheaper at the start of the Fringe festival, with special deals at most venues and ticket giveaways, to get bums on seats during the crucial first week when the press are in. Many shows also offer concessions for children, families, students, registered unemployed, customers with disabilities, and senior citizens. Groups of 10 can often get a discount of 10%.

Among the ticket deals you'll find a number of shows have two-for-one deals when buying a full price ticket on 8th and 9th August.

The Fringe half price hut has deals from 10-29 August (10am-9pm).

Tickets to BBC shows at George Heriot's school are free but due to popularity are distributed by a random draw. See tickets to BBC at Edinburgh's Festivals.

There's also a host of performers and free shows along the Royal Mile and outside the National Galleries at the foot of The Mound.

There are also many free and pay what you want shows throughout August, not just at the Fringe but at all the Edinburgh Festivals. See our Edinburgh Festival for free guide.

Edinburgh Fringe reviews archive:

Edinburgh Festival Free shows