Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a festival lover's dream. Every summer the city puts on one of the biggest events in the world, the Edinburgh Festival. It is actually a collective term that is used to signify several separate art and performance festivals that occur simultaneously during the summer season. These include:

The Edinburgh International Festival is the original and "official" summer festival of the city. It brings the best of the best of classical music, theater, opera and dance from across the globe.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, established as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, is the world's largest and most popular performance arts festival.Venues throughout the Old Town and New Town feature hilarious stand-up comedians, absurd puppet theatre, innovative dance and acrobatic creations and outlandish musical theater productions.

Spectacular to see, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a series of military drum performances by the British Armed Forces and other international military bands. It is performed throughout the festival month on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and features bands, drill teams and gymnasts.

The Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert is the grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival (and really the summer festival season in general).You can get an up close view of the fireworks while listening to a live concert by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Princes Street Gardens. Although you must purchase a ticket to access the gardens for the finale show, the fireworks are nevertheless visible for free from various points in the city and you can listen to the concert on ForthFm as well.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

180 High Street

The world's largest and most popular performance/art festival, which runs from August 6-30th... read more

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Edinburgh International Festival

The Hub/348-350 Castlehill

The original Edinburgh festival that really marks the start of summer festival season. A must do event - experience the best the world has to offer in opera, theater, dance and music... read more

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

32 Market St
The Tattoo Office

A SPECTACULAR series of military drum performances by the British Armed Forces and other international military bands... read more

Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert

Princes Street

A colorful fireworks display to conclude the city's summer festival season... read more

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

89 Giles Street

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival features some of the hottest and freshest musicians of this decade... read more

Edinburgh International Book Festival

5 Charlotte Square

A great choice for all us nerdy book worms out there, the festival offers more than 700 workshops, panel discussions, and talks and performances with acclaimed authors from around the world... read more

Edinburgh Mela

Leith Links

The Edinburgh Mela Festival is a multi-art celebration of the city's cultural diversity. Started in 1995, the festival features spectacular outdoor performances involving dance, theater, circus acts and more... read more

Edinburgh Art Festival

The Art Festival is an annual visual arts festival that this year will run from July 29-September 5th. It was established in 2004 and receives public funding from the Scottish Arts Council; it works in partnership with the city's artists, galleries, museums and visual art spaces to present the best, exciting and most intriguing in modern and contemporary visual art... read more

Beltane Fire Festival

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Calton Hill

An amazing Gaelic, neo-pagan fertility festival...
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Samhuinn Festival

4B Gayfield Place
(Royal Mile) St. Giles Cathedral

Scotish Halloween Tradition... read more
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