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

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

03 May 2021 - 23 May 2021

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature.
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BAFTA Scotland: Guru Live Online

BAFTA Scotland: Guru Live Online

04 May 2021 - 07 May 2021

BAFTA Scotland will host its flagship festival for aspiring creatives, Guru Live, online for 2021 between the 4th & 7th May!
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Safe To Be Me Festival

Safe To Be Me Festival

10 May 2021 - 31 May 2021

Scottish Ballet presents the Safe to Be Me Festival, a digital festival of dance for young people to explore their identities through creative, interactive experiences and digital dance workshops!
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Pint of Science

Pint of Science

17 May 2021 - 20 May 2021

Quench your thirst for knowledge when the annual Pint of Science festival returns online between the 17th - 20th May 2021!
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Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

25 May 2021 - 06 Jun 2021

Edinburgh International Children's Festival of performing arts for children and young people.
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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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Marine Fest 2021

Marine Fest 2021

31 May 2021 - 13 Jun 2021

Explore the wonders of Scotland’s marine environment at the first ever Marine Fest hosted by the Scottish Seabird Centre!
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Edinburgh Festivals in June

The National Whisky Festival

The National Whisky Festival

05 Jun 2021 - 05 Jun 2021

Following popular previous editions, The National Whisky Festival will be making its way back to Edinburgh in June.
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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 Science Festival

Edinburgh Science Festival

26 Jun 2021 - 11 Jul 2021

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

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival

16 Jul 2021 - 17 Jul 2021

The Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival returns in 2021 with a world class line-up of breweries, headline music acts and Scotland’s finest street food!
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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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Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival

29 Jul 2021 - 29 Aug 2021

Due to COVID-19, Edinburgh Art Festival launch a series of artist responses to mark the intended dates of their 2020 edition.
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Edinburgh Gin Festival 2021

Edinburgh Gin Festival 2021

31 Jul 2021 - 31 Jul 2021

The Edinburgh Gin Festival is coming to Central Hall on Saturday 31st July! Come along and meet the distillers, chat, sample and even buy a bottle to take home!
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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

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

06 Aug 2021 - 30 Aug 2021

The Fringe will go ahead in 2021. However, a range of scenarios are being prepared for, from socially distanced live events to digital offerings.
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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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Fringe by the Sea

Fringe by the Sea

06 Aug 2021 - 15 Aug 2021

Fringe by the Sea returns in 2021 with a new outdoor format and socially-distanced audiences.
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Out East Festival

Out East Festival

06 Aug 2021 - 07 Aug 2021

Out East is a new family friendly festival landing in a socially distanced East Lothian this summer!
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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 International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

07 Aug 2021 - 29 Aug 2021

The Edinburgh International Festival returns from 7th to 29th August with live performance in temporary outdoor pavilions throughout the city.
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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 International Book Festival Online

Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

14 Aug 2021 - 30 Aug 2021

The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season and return in August 2021.
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Edinburgh Festivals in September

Ocean Film Festival

Ocean Film Festival

03 Sep 2021 - 03 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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Hidden Door Festival 2021

Hidden Door Festival 2021

15 Sep 2021 - 19 Sep 2021

The Hidden Door festival returns in September 2021 for an outdoor festival of music, visual art, theatre, dance and spoken word.
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The Rum Festival Edinburgh

The Rum Festival Edinburgh

24 Sep 2021 - 25 Sep 2021

It's back! The UK's first travelling Rum Festival is back in Edinburgh for a fourth year! Catch it on the 24th & 25th of September!
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Edinburgh Festivals in October

Edinburgh Juniper Festival

Edinburgh Juniper Festival

01 Oct 2021 - 03 Oct 2021

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

Edinburgh Horror Festival

21 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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Terminal V Festival - Halloween 2021

Terminal V Festival - Halloween 2021

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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Edinburgh Festivals in November

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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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

Edinburgh Festivals in January

Edinburgh Festivals in February

Edinburgh Festivals in March

Edinburgh Festivals in April

Edinburgh TradFest

Edinburgh TradFest

30 Apr 2021 - 10 May 2021

The very best traditional music from Scotland and around the world returns from 30th April to 10th May 2021.
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