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EDINBURGH. Festivals

Edinburgh abounds with a variety of festivals throughout the year. You are sure to find one to suit you what ever your age or interests. August, home to the world famous Military Tattoo, is the busiest month.

March Ceilidh Culture

A celebration of Scottish Culture in music, song and words performed by world-renowned artistes.

The festival showcases the best in Scottish entertainment and traditions.


The Edinburgh International Science Festival is the world’s first, and Europe’s largest, public celebration of science and technology, where hundreds of scientists and technologists share their passion with the public. The Science Festival explores the wonder of the universe and each year its diverse programme, of more than 140 events, delights and expands the minds of young and old during the Easter holidays.


Beltane Fire Festival

Calton Hill is the venue for this spectacular possession. Inspired by the ancient Celtic Festival of Beltane it is a mix of drums, firs, theatre and pagan ritual. This is the annual celebration of the arrival of summer.


Childrens International Theatre Festival

In approx 5 venues across the city this is a chance to see award winning production from all over the world. There are performances at even the youngest 1 year old with gestures, movement and melodies.


Leith Festival

This is more of a local community festival with arts, tours, music and food. The programme is home grown and much is free.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The festival where the films are the stars, films from every corner of the globe. Talks by directors and advanced screenings jostle for position with some serious star spotting.


Blues and Jazz Festival

Cool jazz or contemporary blues. The concerts take place in parks, theatres and bars throughout the city. A celebration of all things Jazz and brings some of the biggest names to the city.


Edinburgh Tattoo

The most popular show of all the festivals with tickets selling out by early January. Performers from the Far East, Canada, Australia etc along with the Massed Pipes and Drums make the an unforgettable evening.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Here new and well known faces bring their shows of comedy, music and drama to some of the smallest venues. The Fringe has been a stepping stone for many, now famous artistes.

Edinburgh International Festival

A feast of classical music, opera, theatre and dance. World famous dance companies and musicians bring a multitude of new and classic performances.

Edinburgh Book Festival

Since its inception, the Book Festival's home has been the beautiful and historic Charlotte Square Gardens, centrally located in Edinburgh's world heritage listed Georgian New Town. Each year the gardens are transformed into a magical tented village, which welcome around 220,000 visitors.

Come along and meet your favourite authors.

Festival of Politics

The new kid on the block. Introduced in 2008 and taking place at the Scottish Parliament Building, here is an opportunity to broaden your views on politics. There are often talks by prominent politicians.

Edinburgh Mela Festival

An intercultural extravaganza with dance, food and theatre from around the world. Spread over 2 days, whatever your taste it is sure to be met here.

Edinburgh Art Festival

Picasso, Andy Warhol, Nathan Cole, Alex Hartley – just some of the names being shown at exhibitions. This festival bring together a season of wonderful visual arts to a wide public audience.


Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

The largest New Year event in the world and its celebrations are internationally renowned. The Festival is best known for it's unrivalled New Year's Eve street party which attracts up to 100,000 people every year.

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