Edinburgh Festivals

A number of festivals take place each summer in Edinburgh. The busiest month is August when Edinburgh becomes host to The Fringe, the biggest annual arts and comedy festival in the world, with people coming from all over the globe to participate in and visit the large number of shows on offer.

During August the population of Edinburgh doubles and all those people need somewhere to stay! It is therefore advisable to book your accommodation early. Please have a look at our properties page for Edinburgh Festival flats and Edinburgh Fringe accommodation.

Festival programs are not released until very close to the start of the festivals but with so much going on, you will not struggle to find something to see.

August in Edinburgh can only be matched by the Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations that take place in December. At Christmas Edinburgh becomes a winter wonderland with a fun fair, ice-skating rink and German market. The New Year is celebrated in style with a large street party, concert in Princes Street gardens and an impressive firework display.

Edinburgh's Christmas 2017 Image
Edinburgh's Christmas 2017 (17 Nov 2017-7 Jan 2018)
Edinburgh's Hogmanay Image
Edinburgh's Hogmanay (30 Dec 2017-1 Jan 2018)
Edinburgh International Science Festival Image
Edinburgh International Science Festival (2018 Dates TBC)
Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival Image
Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival (30 April 2018)
Imaginate Festival Image
Imaginate Festival (2018 Dates TBC)
Leith Festival Image
Leith Festival (2018 Dates TBC)
Edinburgh International Film Festival Image
Edinburgh International Film Festival (21 June - 2 July 2017)
Edinburgh International Magic Festival Image
Edinburgh International Magic Festival (30 June - 8 July 2017)
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Image
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (14 - 23 July 2017)
Edinburgh Art Festival Image
Edinburgh Art Festival (27 July – 27 August 2017)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Image
Edinburgh Festival Fringe (4 – 28 August 2017)
Edinburgh International Festival Image
Edinburgh International Festival (4 – 28 August 2017)
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Image
Edinburgh Military Tattoo (4 – 26 August 2017)
Edinburgh Book Festival Image
Edinburgh Book Festival (12 – 28 August 2017)
Edinburgh Mela Image
Edinburgh Mela (26 – 27 August 2017)
Scottish International Storytelling Festival Image
Scottish International Storytelling Festival (21 – 31 Oct 2017)