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 April

Edinburgh Science Festival CANCELLED

Edinburgh Science Festival CANCELLED

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

Edinburgh Festivals in May

TradFest CANCELLED

TradFest CANCELLED

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

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival has been CANCELLED

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

Edinburgh Festivals in June

Edinburgh International Film Festival POSTPONED

Edinburgh International Film Festival POSTPONED

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.
Scottish Festival of Motoring

Scottish Festival of Motoring

19 Jul 2020 - 19 Jul 2020
Brand new 'Scottish Festival of Motoring' is coming to the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh on Sunday 19th July, it's a must go event for all the family!
Edinburgh Food Festival

Edinburgh Food Festival

24 Jul 2020 - 02 Aug 2020
Celebrate all things great in food & drink when the Edinburgh Food Festival returns to George Square Gardens!
Edinburgh Art Festival CANCELLED

Edinburgh Art Festival CANCELLED

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 CANCELLED

Edinburgh Festival Fringe CANCELLED

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 CANCELLED

Edinburgh International Festival CANCELLED

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

Foodies Festival

07 Aug 2020 - 09 Aug 2020
Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, returns to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park 7th, 8th and 9th August!
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - CANCELLED

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - CANCELLED

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 Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

08 Aug 2020 - 20 Aug 2020
Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Michael Kiwanuka, The 1975, McFly, Simple Minds and Travis all set to headline at Edinburgh Summer Sessions across 8th - 20th August!
Edinburgh International Book Festival CANCELLED

Edinburgh International Book Festival CANCELLED

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 Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

05 Sep 2020 - 06 Sep 2020
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend takes place on 5th and 6th September 2020 and promises to be the best one yet!

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 Horror Festival

Edinburgh Horror Festival

22 Oct 2020 - 01 Nov 2020
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.

Edinburgh Festivals in November

Edinburgh Festivals in December

Edinburgh Festivals in January

Edinburgh Festivals in February

Edinburgh Festivals in March

Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians CANCELLED

Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians CANCELLED

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

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Edinburgh Summer Sessions
Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Michael Kiwanuka, The 1975, McFly, Simple Minds and Travis all set to headline at Edinburgh Summer Sessions across 8th - 20th August!
Joe Bonamassa - SUSPENDED
Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will return to the UK in April 2020 to perform at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show - CANCELLED
Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in April 2020, immersing you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance!
The Best Seat in the House
The Not Forgotten charity have launched a FREE weekly entertainment show, featuring artists such as The Osmonds, Elaine Paige, Aled Jones and Brian Conley to name a few!
Disney’s The Lion King - CANCELLED
The story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's epic adventures.

Popular Venues

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

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