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 November

Explorathon 2020

Explorathon 2020

23 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020

Join us for an online, physically-distanced programme of events, celebrating research from Scotland as part of European Researchers' Night!
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Fans Youth Film Festival

Fans Youth Film Festival

27 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020

FANS Youth Film Festival will take place in November, showcasing the work of young filmmakers across three days of screenings, workshops and talks.
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French Film Festival UK

French Film Festival UK

27 Nov 2020 - 04 Dec 2020

The French Film Festival UK is the only festival dedicated to French and Francophone cinema and is now in its 28th year!
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The Wee G

The Wee G

28 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020

The Wee G, the sister festival to Gig in the Goil, returns on Saturday 28th November with a virtual festival streamed live from the banks of Loch Goil!
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Frontline Festival Scotland

Frontline Festival Scotland

30 Nov 2020 - 30 Nov 2020

The Frontline Festival Scotland is a new virtual gig, supported by over 30 Scottish artists, which will be streamed over social media on St Andrews Day... and everyone is invited!
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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

Edinburghs Christmas

Edinburghs Christmas

01 Dec 2020 - 24 Dec 2020

Following the recent national restrictions, the focus will move to celebrating Edinburgh’s Christmas 2020 online this year.
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Beecraigs Festive Forest - CANCELLED

Beecraigs Festive Forest - CANCELLED

04 Dec 2020 - 24 Dec 2020

Following last year’s debut event, Beecraigs Festive Forest is back for 2020, bigger, brighter, longer and more spectacular!
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Edinburgh Christmas Gin Festival - To Be Rescheduled

Edinburgh Christmas Gin Festival - To Be Rescheduled

12 Dec 2020 - 12 Dec 2020

The Edinburgh Christmas Gin Festival is coming to Central Hall on Saturday 12th December! Come along and meet the distillers, chat, sample and even buy a bottle to take home!
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Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

16 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020

Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival and is the UK’s largest magic event.
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Edinburgh Festivals in January

Manipulate Festival

Manipulate Festival

21 Jan 2021 - 21 Feb 2021

Manipulate, produced by Puppet Animation Scotland is Scotland's Festival of visual theatre, puppetry and animation.
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Edinburgh Festivals in February

SCO Family Festival 2021 – Stan and Mabel - CANCELLED

SCO Family Festival 2021 – Stan and Mabel - CANCELLED

06 Feb 2021 - 06 Feb 2021

This highly interactive concert by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will captivate young children with its mix of music and audience participation.
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Edinburgh Festivals in March

Edinburgh Festivals in April

Terminal V

Terminal V

03 Apr 2021 - 04 Apr 2021

Terminal V returns to The Royal Highland Centre for the biggest event to date with a full weekend festival running over Saturday and Sunday 3rd & 4th April!
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Big Big Gin Festival

Big Big Gin Festival

23 Apr 2021 - 25 Apr 2021

The Big Big Gin Festival returns to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange in April 2021. Let your experience be-gin!
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Edinburgh Festivals in May

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

29 May 2021 - 30 May 2021

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend will take place on 29th and 30th May 2021 and promises to be the best one yet!
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Edinburgh Festivals in June

Let’s Rock Scotland

Let’s Rock Scotland

19 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021

Let's Rock Scotland, the Ultimate 80's Festival, returns to Dalkeith Country Park on Saturday 19th June 2021 with a fantastic lineup of artists bringing you the very best of the 80’s!
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Edinburgh Festivals in July

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

16 Jul 2021 - 25 Jul 2021

Set up in 1978, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival now presents high quality musicians from all over the world.
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Scottish Festival of Motoring

Scottish Festival of Motoring

18 Jul 2021 - 18 Jul 2021

Brand new 'Scottish Festival of Motoring' is coming to the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh on Sunday 18th July 2021, it's a must go event for all the family!
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Edinburgh Food Festival

Edinburgh Food Festival

23 Jul 2021 - 01 Aug 2021

Celebrate all things great in food & drink when the Edinburgh Food Festival returns to George Square Gardens IN 2021!
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Truckfest Scotland

Truckfest Scotland

31 Jul 2021 - 01 Aug 2021

Scotland’s biggest and best truck show returns to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on the 3rd & 4th August. A great day out for the family!
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Edinburgh Festivals in August

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival

06 Aug 2021 - 08 Aug 2021

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, returns to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park 6th, 7th and 8th August 2021!
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

06 Aug 2021 - 28 Aug 2021

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will return home to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade in 2021!
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Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

08 Aug 2021 - 15 Aug 2021

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

Ocean Film Festival

Ocean Film Festival

11 Sep 2021 - 11 Sep 2021

The Ocean Film Festival returns to the Festival Theatre with a brand new selection of the most amazing ocean films.
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Edinburgh Festivals in October

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Popular Events

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!
Royal Highland Show 2021
One of Scotland's most iconic events 'The Royal Highland Show' returns to the Royal Highland Centre from 17th June!
Santa’s Grotto at Dobbies Edinburgh
Bring your little ones along to Dobbies Edinburgh for an exciting festive experience at Santa's Grotto!
The Parking Lot Social Winter Festival Edinburgh
The magic of Christmas lives on at The Parking Lot Social Winter Festival... featuring pantomimes, huge Christmas parties, festive movie screenings, fireworks, comedy, food trucks & more!
Christmas at the Botanics
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience when it returns to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh!

Popular Venues

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