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

Burns&Beyond

Burns&Beyond

21 Jan 2020 - 09 Feb 2020
Edinburgh’s Burns&Beyond and Chinese New Year Festivals are joining forces for a very special programme of events in 2020.
manipulate Festival

manipulate Festival

31 Jan 2020 - 08 Feb 2020
Manipulate, produced by Puppet Animation Scotland is Scotland's Festival of visual theatre, puppetry and animation.

Edinburgh Festivals in February

Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival

Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival

01 Feb 2020 - 02 Feb 2020
Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival comes to the Assembly Rooms on 1st & 2nd February, bringing a weekend of talks, classes and workshops to help us lead healthier and happier lives.
UK Seasonal Short Film Festival: Winter 2020

UK Seasonal Short Film Festival: Winter 2020

01 Feb 2020 - 01 Feb 2020
The UK Seasonal Short Film Festival screens fantastic films in various cities around the UK and this season it will be held in Edinburgh on 1st February.
Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival

15 Feb 2020 - 16 Feb 2020
Feel more inspired than ever when the 16th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF) returns on 15th & 16th February to the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre!
Edinburgh International Improv Festival

Edinburgh International Improv Festival

27 Feb 2020 - 01 Mar 2020
The Edinburgh International Improv Festival returns to Edinburgh from 27th February to 1st March.

Edinburgh Festivals in March

Holistic Ways Festival Edinburgh

Holistic Ways Festival Edinburgh

01 Mar 2020 - 01 Mar 2020
Scotland's leading Mind Body Spirit event, Holistic Ways Festival, returns to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 1st March.
Cowgate St Patrick’s Festival - 2020

Cowgate St Patrick’s Festival - 2020

14 Mar 2020 - 17 Mar 2020
It's that time of year again and no one does a St Patrick's Festival quite like Edinburgh Cowgate, with four days of festival extravaganza!
Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

28 Mar 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
The Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s oldest and largest performing arts festival for children!

Edinburgh Festivals in April

Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh Science Festival

04 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
Edinburgh Science Festival is an educational charity that aims to inspire all ages and backgrounds.
Big Big Gin Festival

Big Big Gin Festival

25 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020
The Big Big Gin Festival is back at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 25th and 26th of April 2020. Let your experience be-gin!

Edinburgh Festivals in May

TradFest

TradFest

01 May 2020 - 11 May 2020
Enjoy eleven days of great music as Tradfest returns to Edinburgh in 2020!
Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

20 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
Edinburgh International Children's Festival of performing arts for children and young people.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

23 May 2020 - 24 May 2020
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend takes place on 23/24 May 2020 and promises to be the best one yet!

Edinburgh Festivals in June

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

17 Jun 2020 - 28 Jun 2020
Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned for discovering & promoting the very best in international cinema.

Edinburgh Festivals in July

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

17 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
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

30 Jul 2020 - 30 Aug 2020
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art.

Edinburgh Festivals in August

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

07 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
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

07 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
The Edinburgh International Festival presents three weeks of the finest creators & performers from the worlds of the arts.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

07 Aug 2020 - 29 Aug 2020
With the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, 2020 sees The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrate its 70th anniversary with ‘The Platinum Edition’.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

15 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season.

Edinburgh Festivals in September

Edinburgh Festivals in October

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

16 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is an annual celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity.

Edinburgh Festivals in November

Edinburgh Festivals in December

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