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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 through the year in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Festivals in May

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

25 May 2024 - 02 Jun 2024

Edinburgh International Children's Festival of performing arts for children and young people.

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Cymera Festival

31 May 2024 - 02 Jun 2024

Cymera is Scotland's Festival of Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing and it returns to Edinburgh from 31st May to 2nd June.

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Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

31 May 2024 - 09 Jun 2024

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling returns for 2024 with a wide range of sporting, cultural and fun events for all age groups, across the city!

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Edinburgh Festivals in June

Meadows Festival Edinburgh

01 Jun 2024 - 02 Jun 2024

Edinburgh's free volunteer-run music & community Meadows Festival returns on the 1st and 2nd June 2024.

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Spit It Out Festival

06 Jun 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

Spit it Out Festival is an immersive arts and community-driven festival focusing on creative ways to talk about mental health and heal from trauma.

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Leith Festival

08 Jun 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

Leith Festival is an array of colour, sound, culture and pageantry that takes place over nine days in June.

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Refugee Festival Scotland

14 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024

Refugee Festival Scotland is back with a packed programme of events showcasing refugee arts and culture!

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Edinburgh Canal Festival

15 Jun 2024 - 15 Jun 2024

Fountainbridge Canalside Community Trust once again will be bringing you the Edinburgh Canal Festival on Saturday 15th June!

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Great British Food Festival

15 Jun 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

The UK's favourite foodie day out is returning to Dalkeith Country Park over the weekend of 15th to 16th of June 2024.

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Edinburgh Festivals in July

Turing Fest

09 Jul 2024 - 10 Jul 2024

Turing Fest, the only cross-functional tech gathering, will return to the EICC Edinburgh on the 9th-10th July 2024 for its 9th edition.

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

12 Jul 2024 - 21 Jul 2024

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival returns from 12th to 21st July 2024, presenting a programme that spans the entire history of the music from ragtime to modern jazz to Chicago blues and beyond.

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Scottish Festival of Motoring

14 Jul 2024 - 14 Jul 2024

The Scottish Festival of Motoring returns to the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh on Sunday 14th July 2024, it's a must go event for all the family!

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TravFest 2024

25 Jul 2024 - 25 Aug 2024

TravFest 2024 sees the iconic festival and fringe venue showcase an incredible programme of brilliant and bold theatre.

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Moonwake Lunarpalooza Festival

26 Jul 2024 - 28 Jul 2024

Moonwake's Lunarpalooza is back for 2024 and it's bigger and better. Join us on the Leith Shore from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July!

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Edinburgh Festivals in August

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

02 Aug 2024 - 26 Aug 2024

The Edinburgh Fringe returns from 2nd to 26th August 2024 with artists and performers taking to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste.

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Edinburgh International Festival

02 Aug 2024 - 25 Aug 2024

The Edinburgh International Festival returns from 2nd to 25th August 2024 with live performance throughout the city.

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Foodies Festival Edinburgh

02 Aug 2024 - 04 Aug 2024

Foodies Festival, the UK's biggest celebration of food, drink and music, will return to Inverleith Park in Edinburgh between the 2nd and 4th August!

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Fringe by the Sea

02 Aug 2024 - 11 Aug 2024

Fringe by the Sea is back with a bang! With over 250 events between August 2nd and 11th in the beautiful seaside town of North Berwick, there's something to suit every taste!

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

02 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns from 2nd to 24th August 2024!

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Foxfest

03 Aug 2024 - 04 Aug 2024

Foxfest is back at Conifox Adventure Park for summer 2024, bringing kids and adults together for a weekend packed to the brim with fun and entertainment!

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Truckfest Scotland

03 Aug 2024 - 04 Aug 2024

Scotland's biggest and best truck show returns to Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre on the 3rd and 4th August, it's a great day out for the family!

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Edinburgh Art Festival

09 Aug 2024 - 25 Aug 2024

The Edinburgh Art Festival, the UK's largest festival of visual arts, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and returns to the capital from August 9th to 25th.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival

15 Aug 2024 - 21 Aug 2024

The Edinburgh International Film Festival will return from 15th to 21st August 2024 at the very heart of Edinburgh's festival season.

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Edinburgh Summer Sessions

15 Aug 2024 - 25 Aug 2024

A staple of the music festival calendar in Edinburgh since 2018, Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place in the Royal Highland Showgrounds from 2024.

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Edinburgh Festivals in September

Edinburgh Psych Fest

01 Sep 2024 - 01 Sep 2024

Edinburgh Psych Fest returns to Scotland’s capital on Sunday 1st September after the sell-out success of its inaugural year!

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Doors Open Days

07 Sep 2024 - 28 Sep 2024

Doors Open Days, Scotland's largest festival of places, history and culture, will return for its 35th year in September 2024!

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Vogrie Pogrie

13 Sep 2024 - 15 Sep 2024

Join us for Vogrie Pogrie 2024 from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September. A celebration of innovation, creativity, and pure magic amidst the breathtaking scenery of Vogrie Country Park.

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Edinburgh Festivals in October

Gin & Rum Festival

12 Oct 2024 - 12 Oct 2024

The UK’s largest touring Gin & Rum Festival returns to Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms on 12th October!

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Ocean Film Festival

16 Oct 2024 - 16 Oct 2024

The Ocean Film Festival returns to the Festival Theatre with a brand new selection of the world’s most incredible ocean films!

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Scottish National Whisky Festival

26 Oct 2024 - 26 Oct 2024

Take a deep dive into the modern world of spirits and live music with the Scottish National Whisky Festival at The Biscuit Factory on 26th October!

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Edinburgh Festivals in November

Fizz Feast

16 Nov 2024 - 16 Nov 2024

It’s Scotland’s Sparkling Event of the Year! A time when we get the chance to try sparkling wines from around the world and feast on fabulous foods from artisan producers.

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Edinburgh Festivals in December

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

20 Dec 2024 - 31 Dec 2024

Edinburgh International Magic Festival is back this Christmas with a mind-blowing programme of shows, events and workshops!

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Edinburgh Festivals in January

Edinburgh Festivals in February

The Gin To My Tonic Show: Gin, Rum & Vodka Festival Edinburgh

28 Feb 2025 - 01 Mar 2025

The Gin To My Tonic Show, the ultimate Gin, Rum & Vodka Festival with unlimited tasting samples is coming to Central Hall Edinburgh in 2025!

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Edinburgh Festivals in March

Edinburgh Festivals in April

Edinburgh Science Festival

05 Apr 2025 - 20 Apr 2025

Edinburgh Science Festival is an educational charity that aims to inspire all ages and backgrounds.

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Terminal V Festival

19 Apr 2025 - 20 Apr 2025

Terminal V Festival returns in spring 2025 for the biggest one to date, marking the 11th ever edition of Terminal V in Edinburgh!

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Popular Events

Meadows Festival Edinburgh
Edinburgh's free volunteer-run music & community Meadows Festival returns on the 1st and 2nd June 2024.
(Nearly) Full Moon Herb Walk & Tea Tasting
Come and join Grass Roots Remedies Co-op on 18th July for the third in a new series of herbal workshops offered on and around the 100 acre Lauriston Agroecology Farm in North West Edinburgh.
Johnny Hates Jazz
For the first time in 36 years, Johnny Hates Jazz will be embarking on their first ever headline tour of the UK and overseas! Don't miss them live at the Voodoo Rooms on Wednesday 29th May!
Soundhouse: Modern Vikings
Modern Vikings play music with a strong emphasis on melody with the added grooves, urgency and colours of the American jazz tradition. Catch them at the Traverse Theatre on 23rd September!
The Great Big Charity Yard Sale
Come along and support great causes when The Salvation Army Donation Centre opens up the car park on Saturday 1st of June to host 'The Great Big Charity Yard Sale'!

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