Edinburgh Festival Fringe


180 High Street
EH1 1QS Edinburgh, United Kingdom


44 (0)131 226 0000

NileGuide Expert tip:

Book your tickets early in June to see the best and most popular shows. And don't get upset if you wind up at a mediocre or freaky show - it's all part of the Fringe fun!


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest and most popular art festival. It runs from August 6-30th and features more than 2,000 shows each year. 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.

Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place in Scotland's capital during three weeks every August alongside several other arts and cultural festivals, collectively known as the Edinburgh Festival, of which the Fringe is by far the largest (Wikipedia).

August is certainly the best time of year to be in Edinburgh - spend your days watching wacky street artists attempt to swallow flaming swords or abysmal reenactments of Shakespeare's Othello. Amazing shows abound as well - famous actors and actresses often sign up to perform - from Alan Cumming to Emma Thompson. The festival offers something for everyone - don't miss this amazing event!

Also part of the Fringe, is the Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival On the Fringe.

The Free Edinburgh Fringe runs from August 5-29th and will offer more than 300 shows and 4300 performances, all for free of course! Learn what's on and how to get tickets here.

The Comedy Festival will take place from August 4-30th; it is a collection of comedy shows that perform at venues across the city including in the Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and the Underbelly. Featured shows this year include Lesbian Bathhouse, the always delectable Alan Cumming, a production of the Broadway musical Five Guys Named Moe, and the strangely intriguing comedy show Cactus - The Seduction. I promise you will rupture your spleen from laughter (if you don't wet your pants first)!


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