Events

Festival in Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the biggest winter festival in Europe. Events run from 27 December to 1 January, and include a torchlight procession, huge street party and the famous 'Loony Dook', a chilly sea-swimming even…
Military in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August kicks off with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular display of military marching bands, massed pipes and drums, acrobats, cheerleaders and motorcycle display teams, all played out in front of the magn…
Performing Arts in Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Festival

First held in 1947 to mark a return to peace after the ordeal of WWII, the Edinburgh International Festival is festooned with superlatives – the oldest, the biggest, the most famous, the best in the world. The origi…
Performing Arts in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

When the first Edinburgh Festival was held in 1947, there were eight theatre companies who didn’t make it onto the main program. Undeterred, they grouped together and held their own mini-festival, on the fringe, and…
Cultural in Edinburgh

Beltane

Beltane is a pagan fire festival that marks the end of winter and the rebirth of spring. It was resurrected in modern form in 1988 and is now celebrated annually on the summit of Calton Hill. The spectacular rituals…
Literature in Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Held in a little village of marquees in the middle of Charlotte Sq, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is a fun fortnight of talks, readings, debates, lectures, book signings and meet-the-author events, with …
Film in Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Film Festival

One of the original Edinburgh Festival trinity, having first been staged in 1947 along with the International Festival and the Fringe, the two-week June film festival is a major international event, serving as a sho…
Agriculture in Edinburgh

Royal Highland Show

Scotland's hugely popular national agricultural show is a four-day feast of all things rural, with everything from show jumping and tractor driving to sheep shearing and falconry. Countless pens are filled with coif…
Festival in Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Science Festival

First held in 1987, it hosts a wide range of events, including talks, lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations, guided tours and interactive experiments designed to stimulate, inspire and challenge. From dinosaurs to g…
Art in Edinburgh

Imaginate Festival

This is Britain's biggest festival of performing arts for children, with events suitable for kids from three to 12. Groups from around the world perform classic tales like Hansel and Gretel, as well as new material …