Festivals in Edinburgh

From music to film, comedy to books, family to the arts there's a wide range of cultural festivals being held through the year in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Festivals in January
Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Explore large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Scotland thanks to Scotland's Gardens!
Red, Red Rose Street

Red, Red Rose Street

21 Jan 2017 - 27 Jan 2017
Red Red Rose Street is a new festival of Burns’ music and words running from 21st - 27th January 2017.
Manipulate Festival

Manipulate Festival

27 Jan 2017 - 05 Feb 2017
Scotland's festival of visual theatre, puppetry and animation.
Edinburgh Festivals in February
Edinburgh Iranian Festival

Edinburgh Iranian Festival

09 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017
The Edinburgh Iranian Festival is a non-political showcase for world-class Iranian culture.
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

09 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival is Scotland’s first ever youth-led multi-arts festival!
Edinburgh Festivals in March
Gather Festival

Gather Festival

04 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017
Gather Festival, an annual festival which celebrates the diverse communities & culture of the University of Edinburgh.
Edinburghs Festival of Ireland

Edinburghs Festival of Ireland

17 Mar 2017 - 25 Mar 2017
Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland is a celebration of the city`s own Irish community around St Patrick's Day each year.
Rare Books Edinburgh 2017

Rare Books Edinburgh 2017

20 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival dedicated to rare, collectable, & important books and the history of the book.
Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

25 Mar 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
The Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s oldest and largest performing arts festival for children!
Edinburgh Festivals in April
Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival

01 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
Our Connected World is the theme for Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017!
TradFest

TradFest

26 Apr 2017 - 07 May 2017
Tradition goes live in Edinburgh, with an annual showcase of Traditional Arts and Culture in Scotland’s capital.
Edinburgh Festivals in May
Festival of Museums: Edinburgh & Lothians

Festival of Museums: Edinburgh & Lothians

19 May 2017 - 21 May 2017
Festival of Museums is a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums & galleries with events during the day & night!
Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

27 May 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
Edinburgh International Children's Festival of performing arts for children and young people.
Edinburgh Festivals in June
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

08 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is a real showcase for all aspects of cycle culture and the City of Edinburgh.
Leith Festival

Leith Festival

10 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Leith Festival is an array of colour, sound, culture and pageantry that takes place over nine days in June.
Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

21 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017
Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned for discovering & promoting the very best in international cinema.
Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

30 Jun 2017 - 08 Jul 2017
Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival and is the UK’s largest magic event.
RebusFest

RebusFest

30 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017
REBUSFEST is a weekend of literature, art, film, music and more to celebrate 30 years of the iconic detective.
Edinburgh Festivals in July
Architecture Fringe: Edinburgh

Architecture Fringe: Edinburgh

01 Jul 2016 - 24 Jul 2016
The Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts.
Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

21 Jul 2016 - 24 Jul 2016
Presenting exhibits, shows, workshops and symposiums in the most beautiful and unique venues of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

14 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
Set up in 1978, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival now presents high quality musicians from all over the world.
Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival

27 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art.
Edinburgh Festivals in August
Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

04 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016
Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival brings together the worlds of arts, entertainment and technology.
Festival of Politics

Festival of Politics

18 Aug 2016 - 20 Aug 2016
This year’s festival is themed around The Architecture of Democracy.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

04 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks.
Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

04 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
The Edinburgh International Festival presents 3 weeks of the finest creators & performers from the worlds of the arts.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

12 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season.
Edinburgh Festivals in September
Edinburgh Doors Open Days

Edinburgh Doors Open Days

24 Sep 2016 - 25 Sep 2016
Explore Edinburgh and get behind the scenes at Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event.
Edinburgh Festivals in October
Africa in Motion Film Festival: Edinburgh

Africa in Motion Film Festival: Edinburgh

28 Oct 2016 - 06 Nov 2016
The 10 day long Africa in Motion Film Festival introduces Scottish audiences to the brilliance of African cinema!
Edinburgh Horror Festival

Edinburgh Horror Festival

28 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
The Edinburgh Horror Festival is one of the first of its kind in the UK.
Luminate Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Luminate Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

01 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing festival celebrating creativity as we age.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

20 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 10-day celebration of live storytelling and imagination.
Edinburgh Festivals in November
Edinburghs Christmas

Edinburghs Christmas

18 Nov 2016 - 08 Jan 2017
The dates for this year’s Edinburgh’s Christmas will be from 18 November 2016 to 7 January 2017.
Book Week Scotland: Edinburgh & Lothians

Book Week Scotland: Edinburgh & Lothians

27 Nov 2017 - 03 Dec 2017
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November!
Edinburgh Festivals in December
Edinburghs Hogmanay

Edinburghs Hogmanay

30 Dec 2017 - 01 Jan 2018
Three DAYS of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.

Festivals in Glasgow

Africa in Motion Film Festival: Glasgow

Africa in Motion Film Festival: Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
Welcome to the 11th edition of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival! We are back and ready to present a packed programme of screenings, discussions...
BBC Music at the Quay

BBC Music at the Quay

Glasgow South Side
3rd June 2015 - 7th June 2015BBC Music at the Quay is a five day pop-up festival in Glasgow - a nationwide music celebration with BBC Music Day at its...
Biggar Little Festival

Biggar Little Festival

Biggar
Biggar Little Festival 2017 will run between the 19th to the 29th October!A family-friendly festival in the historic market town of Biggar - a small town...
Book Week Scotland: East Renfrewshire

Book Week Scotland: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2015 will take place from Monday...
Book Week Scotland: Lanarkshire

Book Week Scotland: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2015 will take place from Monday...
Book Week Scotland: Renfrewshire

Book Week Scotland: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2015 will take place from Monday...
Clyde and Avon Valley Heritage Festival

Clyde and Avon Valley Heritage Festival

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Explore the treasure trove of hidden history and beautiful landscapes bursting from the gorges of the Clyde and Avon valley with the inaugural Heritage...
Encounters

Encounters

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Encounters is North Lanarkshire’s cultural festival. The North Lanarkshire Encounters Festival, running throughout October, offers the chance to experience...
European Championships Glasgow 2018

European Championships Glasgow 2018

Various Locations Glasgow
Being held between the 1st and 12th August, the Glasgow 2018 European Championships are the new multi-sport event where unforgettable moments will celebrate...
Festival of Architechture: Glasgow

Festival of Architechture: Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
The Festival of Architecture in 2016 is a Scotland-wide celebration of one of the country's most creative industries.Discover hidden treasures, old classics...
Festival of Museums: Lanarkshire

Festival of Museums: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
Festival of Museums: Renfrewshire

Festival of Museums: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art

Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art

Glasgow City Centre
Visual art happens all year round in Glasgow but for two weeks every two years, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art puts it firmly in the spotlight...
Glasgow Youth Arts Festival

Glasgow Youth Arts Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
Monday 30th March - Sunday 19th April 2015Welcome to Glasgow Youth Arts Hub’s first Youth Arts Festival;A series of FREE events and performances for...
Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Glasgow City Centre
GYFF15 will be held on 6th-8th February 2015Glasgow Youth Film Festival is Scotland’s most innovative film festival for young adult audiences. GYFF...
Govan Loves Christmas

Govan Loves Christmas

Glasgow South Side
Govan Loves Christmas will run from Monday 1st December to Friday 12th December 2014Welcome to Govan Loves Christmas event 2014. This year’s event is...
HaHa Hamilton Comedy Festival

HaHa Hamilton Comedy Festival

Hamilton
This year's nine day Ha Ha Hamilton Comedy Festival kicks off with a Comedy Gala in aid of STV’s Children's Appeal 2016 at the Hamilton Townhouse on...
Imaginate Festival: Renfrewshire

Imaginate Festival: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Imaginate is a unique organisation in Scotland, promoting, developing and celebrating the performing arts for children and young people.It is our goal...
Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

Lochwinnoch
Lochwinnoch Arts Festival 2017, the 16th annual Festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative & Visual Arts will be held from 15th March - 26th March...
ParkLives Glasgow

ParkLives Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
Glasgow’s parks will host hundreds fun and free activity sessions this year as part of a scheme to get city residents up, active and socialising in...
Puppet Animation Festival: East Renfrewshire

Puppet Animation Festival: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Puppet Animation Festival: Lanarkshire

Puppet Animation Festival: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Puppet Animation Festival: Renfrewshire & Inverclyde

Puppet Animation Festival: Renfrewshire & Inverclyde

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Scotlands Gardens: East Renfrewshire

Scotlands Gardens: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Scotlands Gardens: Glasgow

Scotlands Gardens: Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Scotlands Gardens: Lanarkshire

Scotlands Gardens: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Scotlands Gardens: Renfrewshire

Scotlands Gardens: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: East Renfrewshire

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Glasgow

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Lanarkshire

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Renfrewshire

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
SURGE

SURGE

Glasgow City Centre
25th July – 2nd August 2015This summer the streets of Merchant City will once again be taken over by SURGE madness, bringing an extravaganza of outdoor...
The Cottier Chamber Project

The Cottier Chamber Project

Glasgow West End
What started life as a chamber music series that ran as part of the West End Festival is now a festival in its own right, with some of Scotland's top...
The Spree

The Spree

Paisley
The Spree, Paisley's music, arts and comedy festival will take place between 14 and 22 October this year as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for...
The Village Storytelling Festival

The Village Storytelling Festival

Glasgow City Centre
The Village Storytelling Festival is a celebration and exploration of the art and application of storytelling past, present and future. Marking the 15th...
Unlimited Festival

Unlimited Festival

Glasgow South Side
A showcase of exceptional new work from disabled artists will be presented at Tramway, Glasgow, this September.Tramway’s Unlimited Festival, which runs...
Young at Heart Festival

Young at Heart Festival

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 18 March 2017Especially aimed at the 50+ age group, the Young at Heart festival aims to celebrate the arts as engaging and accessible...
Southside Film Festival

Southside Film Festival

Glasgow South Side
Southside Film Festival is returning for the fifth film festival in the Southside with new festival dates of 8-11 October 2015. The festival will again...
Festival of Architechture: Lanarkshire

Festival of Architechture: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
The Festival of Architecture in 2016 is a Scotland-wide celebration of one of the country's most creative industries.Discover hidden treasures, old classics...
Glasgow Jazz Festival

Glasgow Jazz Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
The Glasgow Jazz Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B and world music, from Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin...
East Renfrewshire Early Years Festival

East Renfrewshire Early Years Festival

Giffnock
Eastwood Park Theatre's Early Years Festival runs from the 6th 10th July 2016.Ever fancy being a superhero? Or joining a pirate ship? Or researching your...
Merchant City Festival

Merchant City Festival

Glasgow City Centre
The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish and international art and entertainment with a programme of street arts, music, theatre...
Piping Live!

Piping Live!

Various Locations Glasgow
Piping Live! Glasgow's International Piping Festival is a week-long celebration which will see over 200 events with over 8,000 performers take place in...
Glasgow Wildfest 2016

Glasgow Wildfest 2016

Various Locations Glasgow
This year, the theme of the festival is ‘nature’s architects’ in honour of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. The full programme of...
Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
Explore Glasgow and get behind the scenes at this annual architecture and built heritage festival which will be taking place across Glasgow 12th – 18th...
The Mackintosh Festival

The Mackintosh Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
The Mackintosh Festival invites you to celebrate the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a series of exhibitions, events & tours. There will be...
Glasgow Loves Christmas

Glasgow Loves Christmas

Various Locations Glasgow
Glasgow Loves Christmas brings six weeks of magical events, shopping and festive fun to the heart of the city from November 20th to December 31st!Glasgow...
Book Week Scotland: Glasgow

Book Week Scotland: Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life...
Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections

Various Locations Glasgow
From Thursday 19 January to Sunday 5 February 2017, more than 2,000 musicians from around the world will gather in Glasgow for Celtic Connections.The...
Glasgow Film Festival

Glasgow Film Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
15th February - 26th February 2017Glasgow Film Festival will run from 15th February - 26th February 2016 with a packed programme including pop-up cinema...
Take Me Somewhere

Take Me Somewhere

Various Locations Glasgow
Take Me Somewhere will be a celebratory festival of contemporary performance, taking place in Spring 2017 in venues across Glasgow, which builds on the...
Aye Write!

Aye Write!

Glasgow City Centre
Aye Write! Glasgow's book festival takes place from 9th - 19th March 2017, presenting writers and speakers from across Britain and beyond.Aye Write! Glasgow...
Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
The Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the largest event of its kind in Europe, has become a renowned annual event in Glasgow's cultural calendar....
Glasgow St Patricks Festival

Glasgow St Patricks Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
The Glasgow St. Patricks Festival seeks to celebrate and promote Irish Heritage and Culture adding to the Irish cultural legacy and image of Scotland....
Puppet Animation Festival: Glasgow

Puppet Animation Festival: Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Scottish Elvis Festival

Scottish Elvis Festival

Glasgow City Centre
The Official Scottish Elvis Presley Festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of the king of rock and roll. At its core, it features a selection...
Dance International Glasgow

Dance International Glasgow

Glasgow South Side
A biennial dance event, produced and programmed by Tramway, DI​G is a growing collaboration between dance artists, promoters, venues and communities...
Tectonics Music Festival Glasgow

Tectonics Music Festival Glasgow

Glasgow City Centre
Here we go with the fifth Tectonics Glasgow. Although it’s the fifth Tectonics in Glasgow, it’s the 19th overall, and this summer Athens will be the...
Mayfesto

Mayfesto

Glasgow City Centre
Since its inception in 2010, Mayfesto has focused on presenting thematically linked, edgy new work, including seasons on women in theatre, colonialism...
Southside Fringe Festival

Southside Fringe Festival

Glasgow South Side
The Southside Fringe will run from the 12th - 28th May 2017! With 200 events in 50 venues, this is the biggest community organised event in Glasgow!The...
Festival of Museums: Glasgow

Festival of Museums: Glasgow

Various Locations Glasgow
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
West End Festival

West End Festival

Glasgow West End
The West End Festival is Glasgow's largest cultural event and every June takes over this popular area of Glasgow with a wide variety of events and performances...
Glasgow Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival

Various Locations Glasgow
The Glasgow Science Festival will return in Summer 2017 with the theme - Glasgow Explores!From the deep oceans to deep space and everywhere in between...
Glasgow Juniper Festival

Glasgow Juniper Festival

Glasgow West End
The Juniper Gin Festival is returning for its second year at SWG3 in Glasgow on the 9th and 10th June. Following success in both Edinburgh and Glasgow...
Clydebuilt Festival

Clydebuilt Festival

Glasgow South Side
From the 22nd to the 24th of September, Glasgow will play host to the first Clydebuilt Festival, a celebration of boats and the folk that use them for...

Festivals in Stirling

Puppet Animation Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Puppet Animation Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Off the Page Book Festival

Off the Page Book Festival

Stirling
The 12th Off the Page will once again bring an exciting programme of events in Stirling. Off the Page is one of the many cultural events that made Stirling...
Stirling Festival of Cycling

Stirling Festival of Cycling

Stirling
The Stirling Festival of Cycling is a celebration of cycling for everyone. The Stirling Festival of Cycling is happening on Sunday 7th August and we...
The Shindig

The Shindig

Stirling
In 2013 we launched the Stirling Fringe Festival - the city’s biggest and most successful arts festival.After three years we’ve re-launched as The...
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
‘Time’ is the theme for the 2016 Festival, the very special 10th year, which will take place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October.One...
Scotlands Gardens: Stirling & Falkirk

Scotlands Gardens: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Festival of Museums: Stirling & Falkirk

Festival of Museums: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland

Various Locations Stirling
Bloody Scotland celebrates the best Scottish and International crime fiction. The festival will return for 2017 on the 8th, 9th, & 10th of September.
Book Week Scotland: Stirling

Book Week Scotland: Stirling

Various Locations Stirling
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2017 will take place from Monday...