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What's on in Edinburgh

Welcome to What's on Edinburgh, we pride ourselves on keeping you up to date on events in Edinburgh taking place throughout the year, from the latest theatre events and live music performances to local activities and fantastic attractions!

Popular events in Edinburgh

You'll find the most popular Edinburgh events on the website right now, right here!

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

21st September 2021 - 9th October 2021

A popular feature of the Traverse programme, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór returns with three plays. Ticket includes a pie and a drink.

Castle Of Light

Castle Of Light

19th November 2021 - 9th January 2022

Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’ once again!

Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular

Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular

9th October 2021 - 31st October 2021

This Halloween, Edinburgh Zoo is opening its gates after dark to invite you on a family friendly spooktacular trail through the zoo!

Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights

Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights

19th November 2021 - 2nd January 2022

Make your evenings merry and bright this festive season with a magical journey through Edinburgh Zoo!

Featured events in Edinburgh

There are thousands of events in Edinburgh every month, here we've hand-picked a few you should definitely pay attention to!

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

28th September 2021

The Manic Street Preachers are on tour in 2021 following the release of their 14th studio album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ and play the Usher Hall on 28th September!

Virginia Wing

Virginia Wing

28th September 2021

Alice Merida Richards and Sam Pillay aka Virginia Wing are heading out on tour in support of their new album 'private LIFE', catch them live at Sneaky Pete's on the 28th September!

Tez Ilyas - Populist

Tez Ilyas - Populist

28th September 2021

Join Tez Ilyas at the Stand Edinburgh as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive approach to pit ordinary people against the establishment.

Groan Ups

Groan Ups

28th September 2021 - 2nd October 2021

Multi award-winning Mischief Theatre return to Edinburgh with their brand-new comedy all about growing up.

Hottest Tickets in Town

From theatre shows to gigs, snap up tickets to the most popular events in town, here's a small selection of what's trending this week!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

21st October 2021 - 27th November 2021

Disney proudly invites you to ‘Be Our Guest’ as the most enchanted musical of all time, Beauty and the Beast, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in 2021!
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Christmas at the Botanics

Christmas at the Botanics

25th November 2021 - 2nd January 2022

Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience when it returns to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh!
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CHICAGO

CHICAGO

27th September 2021 - 2nd October 2021

CHICAGO returns to razzle dazzle theatres across the country in 2021, don't miss your chance to see it when it comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in September and October!
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New Events in Edinburgh

You'll find all the latest Edinburgh events that have been added to the website right here!

Carmen

Carmen

17th Dec 2021 - 18th Dec 2021

This Christmas, Bird&Carrot and the Pleasance are delighted to present 'Carmen', one of the most popular operas ever written.
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John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

30th Oct 2021 - 31st Oct 2021

Join Richard Medrington and Rick Conte from 'The Man Who Planted Trees' and storyteller Andy Cannon, on the trail of the legendary John Muir.
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Cottongrass

Cottongrass

28th October 2021

Harriet Grindley and Maria MacDonell, with musician Kai Dudley use words, music, image and physicality to conjure a constellation of dreams from a momentous journey of life.
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Latest Edinburgh News

St James Quarter gives viewers a sneak peek into life Behind the Quarter

St James Quarter gives viewers a sneak peek into life Behind the Quarter

As the buzz of the official opening of St James Quarter continues, St James Quarter has provided a rare insight into life behind the scenes.
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Scottish artist Steven Brown to paint new artwork in support of RZSS

Scottish artist Steven Brown to paint new artwork in support of RZSS

The Scottish artist will paint two new works celebrating iconic species from Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park to raise money for the wildlife conservation charity.
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The Say Award 72 hour public vote is now open

The Say Award 72 hour public vote is now open

From today until midnight on Wednesday 29th September, music fans can vote for their favourite Scottish album on this year’s Longlist at The SAY Award.
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St James Quarter announces partnership with two Edinburgh charities

St James Quarter announces partnership with two Edinburgh charities

Today, 24th September, St James Quarter is proud to announce its partnership with two Edinburgh charities, Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids and Deaf Action.
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Festivals in Edinburgh

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

Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days

1st Sep 2021 - 30th Sep 2021
Nationwide

Doors Open Days, Scotland's largest festival of places, history and culture, will return for its 32nd year in September!
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Edinburgh Juniper Festival

Edinburgh Juniper Festival

1st Oct 2021 - 3rd Oct 2021
Edinburgh South

The Juniper Festival, 'Scotland’s Best Gin Fest', returns to Summerhall in October 2021.
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Edinburgh Multicultural Festival

Edinburgh Multicultural Festival

1st Oct 2021 - 3rd Oct 2021
Edinburgh North

Edinburgh Multicultural Festival 2021 is back and LIVE! this autumn. On 1, 2, and 3 October 2021 we will be hosting events across venues and locations in the north of Edinburgh!
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Upcoming Theatre Events in Edinburgh

Whether you prefer comedy or musicals, ballet or opera, our Edinburgh theatre listings will have something to suit everyone!

Groan Ups

Groan Ups

28th Sep 2021 - 2nd Oct 2021

Multi award-winning Mischief Theatre return to Edinburgh with their brand-new comedy all about growing up.
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Grease

Grease

28th Sep 2021 - 2nd Oct 2021

Grease, the world’s best-loved musical is back, grittier and more glamorous than ever before. Catch it at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh!
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Steeleye Span: 50th Anniversary Tour

Steeleye Span: 50th Anniversary Tour

1st October 2021

Steeleye Span will embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour this autumn including a night at The Queen's Hall Edinburgh on Friday 1st October!
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Upcoming Family & Kids Events in Edinburgh

Don't be stuck for things to do with the kids in Edinburgh! We have something for everyone and every pocket...

Grease

Grease

28th Sep 2021 - 2nd Oct 2021

Grease, the world’s best-loved musical is back, grittier and more glamorous than ever before. Catch it at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh!
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Playtime with Tommy Smith

Playtime with Tommy Smith

1st October 2021
Edinburgh South

Saxophone master Tommy Smith joins the Playtime quartet at Pathhead Village Hall to play music from his albums with jazz greats Kenny Wheeler, Arild Andersen and John Scofield.
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Edinburgh Multicultural Festival

Edinburgh Multicultural Festival

1st Oct 2021 - 3rd Oct 2021
Edinburgh North

Edinburgh Multicultural Festival 2021 is back and LIVE! this autumn. On 1, 2, and 3 October 2021 we will be hosting events across venues and locations in the north of Edinburgh!
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Upcoming Music Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is renowned for it's live music scene, with a variety of venues catering for small intimate gigs to huge arenas hosting the biggest names!

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

28th September 2021

The Manic Street Preachers are on tour in 2021 following the release of their 14th studio album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ and play the Usher Hall on 28th September!
Read more

Virginia Wing

Virginia Wing

28th September 2021

Alice Merida Richards and Sam Pillay aka Virginia Wing are heading out on tour in support of their new album 'private LIFE', catch them live at Sneaky Pete's on the 28th September!
Read more

Bang Bang Romeo

Bang Bang Romeo

29th September 2021

Bang Bang Romeo will bring their Beautiful World tour to the Mash House, Edinburgh on Wednesday 29th September!
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Activities in Edinburgh

Step away from the TV remote, choose one or more from our activities selection, and get out of the house to discover new skills, sports and more!

Edinburgh Thistle Lacrosse Club

Edinburgh Thistle Lacrosse Club

Edinburgh Thistle is open to women and girls of all ages and abilities. At a typical training session we have everyone from complete beginners to national level players, and everything in between.

Lets Roam

Lets Roam

Walk from landmark to landmark to discover art, culture and history. Search plaques, statues and art to solve riddles that can only be found on location in this app-lead outdoor scavenger hunt.

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Attractions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have a great mix of sightseeing attractions. If you are looking for a fun family day out or a trip with friends, then look no further!

National War Museum

National War Museum

Discover the story of Scotland at war within the walls of Edinburgh Castle with a visit to the National War Musuem.

Traquair House

Traquair House

Traquair is a unique piece of living history welcoming visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the house, extensive grounds, maze, craft workshops, Garden Cafe and the famous Brewery!

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Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh

Eating out in Edinburgh is a joy, with a range of restaurants and cafes on offer and there's a wide selection of places to enjoy a quiet pint or a cheeky cocktail.

Quay Commons

Quay Commons

Quay Commons is casual and modern gathering space, bakery and licensed cafe, set in a former bonded warehouse in Leith

Greyfriars Bobbys Bar

Greyfriars Bobbys Bar

Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar is located in the heart of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh in Candlemaker Row. With the statue of loyal hound Bobby outside, the historic local serves cask ales and pub fare.

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Popular Events

A Play, A Pie and A Pint
A popular feature of the Traverse programme, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór returns with three plays. Ticket includes a pie and a drink.
Castle Of Light
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’ once again!
Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular
This Halloween, Edinburgh Zoo is opening its gates after dark to invite you on a family friendly spooktacular trail through the zoo!
Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights
Make your evenings merry and bright this festive season with a magical journey through Edinburgh Zoo!
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Disney proudly invites you to ‘Be Our Guest’ as the most enchanted musical of all time, Beauty and the Beast, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in 2021!

Popular Venues

Edinburgh Playhouse Festival Theatre Edinburgh Kings Theatre Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland Traverse Theatre