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 October

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

01 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival returns in 2021 with a Hybrid Programme starting on October 1st, with both In person and Online events!
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Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

11 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021

Edinburgh Cocktail Week is returning in October 2021 and has been extended to two full weeks, Monday 11th - Sunday 24th October!
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Push the Boat Out: Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival

Push the Boat Out: Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival

15 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

Push The Boat Out (PTBO) is Scotland's newest poetry festival. Experience a bold new way of presenting poetry this October 15th - 17th at Summerhall Edinburgh!
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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

15 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, returns in October 2021 and will be centered around our changing environment and different world.
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Edinburgh Green Film Festival

Edinburgh Green Film Festival

21 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

The Edinburgh Green Film Festival is a volunteer-led initiative to engage Edinburgh in the climate conversation in the run-up to COP26 and will present both a short film and feature film programme.
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Edinburgh Horror Festival

Edinburgh Horror Festival

22 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

The Edinburgh Horror Festival, or EHF as all the cool kids call it, is a multi-art-form event and one of the most popular Hallowe'en events in Edinburgh.
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Festival of Science, Wisdom & Faith

Festival of Science, Wisdom & Faith

22 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021

Join Greyfriars Kirk and other guests, for a weekend of events that celebrate what happens when experts and those interested in a variety of fields seek knowledge and truth together!
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Terminal V Festival - Halloween 2021 - POSTPONED

Terminal V Festival - Halloween 2021 - POSTPONED

30 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

Terminal V returns to The Royal Highland Centre for two days, taking place over Halloween weekend 30th + 31st October!
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Samhuinn Fire Festival 2021

Samhuinn Fire Festival 2021

31 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

Edinburgh's spectacular Winter festival returns once more to Calton Hill this October!
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Edinburgh Festivals in November

French Film Festival UK

French Film Festival UK

03 Nov 2021 - 12 Dec 2021

The 29th edition of the French Film Festival UK, in cinemas and online, and runs from 3rd November to 12th December.
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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

05 Nov 2021 - 21 Nov 2021

The 2021 edition of the Edinburgh Short Film Festival runs Fri 5th to Sun 21st November at Summerhall and also Online!
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Terminal V | Distrikt 14

Terminal V | Distrikt 14

12 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021

Distrikt 14 is a weekend of events running across two-days on 12th & 13th November at the O2 Academy Edinburgh.
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Stag & Dagger Edinburgh

Stag & Dagger Edinburgh

14 Nov 2021 - 14 Nov 2021

Stag & Dagger, Scotland's original multi-venue event and biggest new music showcase returns to Edinburgh on Sunday 14th November!
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Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland

15 Nov 2021 - 21 Nov 2021

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country. Book Week Scotland 2021 will take place between the 15th and 21st November.
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The National Whisky Festival

The National Whisky Festival

20 Nov 2021 - 20 Nov 2021

Following popular previous editions, The National Whisky Festival will be making its way back to Edinburgh in November.
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Edinburgh Diwali 2021

Edinburgh Diwali 2021

21 Nov 2021 - 21 Nov 2021

The South Asian festival of Diwali, which is celebrated by different cultures and religions all over the world, comes to Edinburgh with a multi-cultural feast of light, music, dance and food.
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EH6 Festival

EH6 Festival

26 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021

The EH6 Festival returns to Leith from 26th - 28th November with some of the best upcoming artists and bands from across the country.
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Edinburgh Gin Festival 2021

Edinburgh Gin Festival 2021

27 Nov 2021 - 27 Nov 2021

The Edinburgh Gin Festival is coming to the Assembly Rooms on Saturday 27th November! Come along and meet the distillers, chat, sample and even buy a bottle to take home!
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Edinburgh Vegan Festival

Edinburgh Vegan Festival

28 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021

Don't miss the Edinburgh Vegan Festival, taking place on Sunday 28th November 2021 at Out of the Blue Drill Hall!
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Edinburgh Festivals in December

Beecraigs Festive Forest

Beecraigs Festive Forest

03 Dec 2021 - 24 Dec 2021

Beecraigs Festive Forest is back for 2021. Even bigger, brighter, longer and more spectacular!
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Edinburgh Festivals in August

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival

05 Aug 2022 - 07 Aug 2022

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, returns to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park 5th, 6th and 7th August 2022!
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

05 Aug 2022 - 27 Aug 2022

It is with deep regret that we announced the cancellation of the 2021 Tattoo but we will return from 5th to 27th August 2022.
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Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2022

Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2022

07 Aug 2022 - 14 Aug 2022

Taking place in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, the third edition of Edinburgh Summer Sessions pops up against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle!
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Edinburgh Festivals in September

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Cook it Up, Eat it Up
Tasting Change and Whale Arts are running a set of family workshops 'Cook it Up, Eat it Up'. Learn to cook delicious seasonal teas and enjoy a sit down meal with other families.
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!
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 Cocktail Week
Edinburgh Cocktail Week is returning in October 2021 and has been extended to two full weeks, Monday 11th - Sunday 24th October!
Samhuinn Fire Festival 2021
Edinburgh's spectacular Winter festival returns once more to Calton Hill this October!

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