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Events in Edinburgh in May 2024

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Events in Edinburgh

Eala Shàilein / The Swan of Salen

20th April 2023 - 20th April 2029
Broxburn

Swan of Salen is A Multimedia Folk Ballet inspired by Tchaikovsky’s iconic Swan Lake and the parallel Gaelic legend, Eala Shàilein. Catch it at Ecclesmachan & Threemiletown Village Hall in April!

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Drama Classes for Children and Young People in Central Edinburgh

14th August 2023 - 23rd June 2024
Various Locations Edinburgh

Parents, do you want to help your child grow their confidence and make new friends in a fun and creative way? The Blossom Theatre Project drama classes are the perfect way to do this.

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Personal PhotoShoot Experience

1st November 2023 - 1st November 2024
Edinburgh Old Town

Join professional local photographer Simon Messer in Edinburgh's Old Town for your Personal PhotoShoot Experience! It's a fun outdoor experience perfect for couples, families and solo travelers alike.

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Photography Tuition in Edinburgh’s Old Town

1st November 2023 - 1st November 2024
Edinburgh Old Town

Learn to use your camera in one of the most beautiful cities in the world from a working photographer and film maker! Perfect for solo travellers, couples and families.

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Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Antiquaries Exhibition

9th November 2023 - 1st October 2024

Historic Environment Scotland Archives acquired the Rosslyn Album in 2021 and this exhibition presents images from the archive collections relating to Rosslyn Chapel and the contents of the album.

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Edinburgh Opera Company Seeking New Singers For Carmen

20th November 2023 - 18th August 2024

Aria Alba is looking for new members to join our exciting production of Georges Bizet's Carmen at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2024.

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Live music at Bar 13

30th November 2023 - 30th November 2024

Join us early evening at Bar 13 for live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Rory & The Island!

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Daily Tours at St Giles’ Cathedral

10th December 2023 - 1st December 2024

Join a volunteer guide for a 45 min to 1 hour glimpse into the history, heraldry and life of our historic Cathedral and Thistle Chapel!

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Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt

1st January 2024 - 31st August 2024

Looking to entertain the kids? Come and spot our cuddly corgis hiding around Britannia’s tour route.

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Curious About Edinburgh - Quirky Heritage Walks for the Curious!

1st January 2024 - 31st December 2024
Various Locations Edinburgh

Have fun discovering Edinburgh on this award-winning, quirky, self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!

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Escape the Past: The Anatomist

1st January 2024 - 31st December 2024

Descend into a world of grave robbery, mystery and malpractice as you embark on a thrilling adventure into Edinburgh’s dark past.

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Live Music

7th January 2024 - 31st July 2024

Come and enjoy all your favourite singalongs and some of Scotland's best musical talents at The Three Sisters Edinburgh!

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Edinburgh ‘Open House’ Ceilidhs

19th January 2024 - 20th December 2024

Join Edinburgh ‘Open House’ Ceilidhs for their Friday Ceilidhs held in the Royal British Legion Hall! If you love to dance or want to learn this event is for you.

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Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: Shepherd House

6th February 2024 - 25th July 2024
Musselburgh

Visit Shepherd House, a constantly evolving artist’s garden that never stands still, with lots of surprises including a shell house built in 2014, lavender parterres, a rill and fountains!

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Edinburgh Folk Club

7th February 2024 - 3rd July 2024

We've been the home of regular folk nights in the capital for 50 years. Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm. All welcome!

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Coding After-School Club at The Pavilion, Myreside

29th February 2024 - 27th June 2024
Edinburgh South

Code Cadets are looking for young tech minds to join their after-school coding club on Thursdays at The Pavilion, Myreside!

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Pauline Caulfield Textiles

8th March 2024 - 20th July 2024

This exhibition features over 20 large pieces ranging from fans, chasubles and fabric panels, illuminating Pauline Caulfield’s versatile yet distinctive work!

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Treasures of the National Library of Scotland

30th March 2024 - 30th April 2025

The National Library of Scotland's permanent exhibition provides a unique insight into Scotland’s history, culture and people and its place in the world.

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Castle Street Market

1st April 2024 - 13th October 2024
Edinburgh New Town

Held in brightly coloured gazebos in the heart of central Edinburgh, Castle Street Market is filled with top quality products and has something to satisfy every taste!

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Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: Hunter’s Tryst

1st April 2024 - 30th September 2024
Edinburgh South

Hunter’s Tryst is a well-stocked and beautifully designed, mature, medium-sized, wildlife-friendly town garden.

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Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: Stobshiel House

3rd April 2024 - 25th September 2024
Various Locations East Lothian

The garden at Stobshiel House is effectively split into four main parts and The extensive collection of shrubs and mature trees offer a fantastic backdrop during all seasons.

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Arthur’s Secrets

16th April 2024 - 26th September 2024

Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice!

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Seinnidh Sinn

16th April 2024 - 25th June 2024

Air Dimàirtean bho seo a mach bhith seisean ‘Seinnidh Sinn’ a’ tòiseachadh aig Leith Depot bho 5-6 uairean feasgar. (Seinnidh Sinn is a Gaelic Singing Circle)

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Pedal Power: Cycling and Activism in Edinburgh

27th April 2024 - 22nd September 2024

This exhibition at Museum of Edinburgh has been created by groups in Edinburgh who are campaigning to make our city a safe place for cycling.

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Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: 101 Greenbank Crescent

28th April 2024 - 31st July 2024
Various Locations Edinburgh

101 Greenbank Crescent hides a fascinating garden on a steeply sloped site, with views over Braidburn Valley Park to the Pentland hills.

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Cab-arette Showtour

1st May 2024 - 31st December 2024
Various Locations Edinburgh

Enjoy a unique comedy musical Showtour in a taxi... be driven around Edinburgh, whilst entertained by Lola and her variety of characters!

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David Lemm | Fixings

2nd May 2024 - 15th June 2024

Fixings is an exhibition of recent work by David Lemm taking place in Detail Framing & Gallery from 2nd May.

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Edinburgh Rising from the Ashes: 200 Years of the Scottish Fire Service

3rd May 2024 - 22nd September 2024

Journey through two centuries of firefighting legacy with our special exhibition created in partnership with the Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage.

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FISHING: An Exhibition by Stephanïe Vandëm

3rd May 2024 - 15th June 2024

FISHING is a modern exploration of contemporary identities and heritage from artist Stephanïe Vandëm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 3rd May!

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Flowers from Jericho Exhibition

4th May 2024 - 30th June 2024

Flowers from Jericho is a new exhibition of riso prints created by Matilda Bull during her residency at Out of the Blueprint in the Spring of 2024.

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Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path

11th May 2024 - 6th October 2024

The forthcoming exhibition Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path aims to bring this talented artist back to public attention.

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Edinburgh Food Tour

11th May 2024 - 29th November 2024
Edinburgh Old Town

Eat and drink your way through Scotland’s history and culture on a carefully curated wander through the cobbled streets and historic alleys of Edinburgh.

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Art Classes for Adults and Kids

13th May 2024 - 20th December 2024

Join Livia for these fun, informal, chilled and small painting classes for adult and kids at Cramond Kirk Hall.

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BRICKLIVE Zoo Safari

24th May 2024 - 31st July 2024

Experience Edinburgh Zoo's Brick Safari! Explore the trail and come face-to-face with over 25 impressive life-sized animal models!

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Paul Kenny - Seaworks, Cameraless Photography

25th May 2024 - 15th June 2024

Paul Kenny developed a unique take on photography whilst at Art School. Is it photography? You need to decide for yourself at this exhibition on now at Gallery Close!

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Sponsored Links

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Hilton Glasgow
Paisley First
The Straits
Makers Market The Lothians
Renfrewshire Council

Events in East Renfrewshire

Here's a selection of events you can find over on our sister site, What's On East Renfrewshire:

East Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

East Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

8th January 2024 - 21st December 2024

Free, fun and fantastic! East Renfrewshire Libraries run several interactive song, rhyme and story Bookbug sessions!

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Events in Fife

Here's a selection of events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Fife:

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: Willowhill

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: Willowhill

27th April 2024 - 31st August 2024

Willowhill is an evolving three-acre garden with a series of mixed borders designed with different vibrant colour combinations for effect all season.

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Exhibition – Lauren Morsley

Exhibition – Lauren Morsley

17th April 2024 - 30th July 2024

Lauren Morsley is an Illustrator, Muralist and Printmaker based in Fife. She specialises in bold and colourful designs which create other worlds to explore.

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Gathering Surface – Dan Drage

Gathering Surface – Dan Drage

4th April 2024 - 30th June 2024

We’re delighted to host Gathering Surface, a series of art pieces shaped and installed by local artist Dan Drage.

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Events in Glasgow

Here's a selection of events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Glasgow:

The Dark Side Of Glasgow

The Dark Side Of Glasgow

1st May 2024 - 30th August 2024

Want to know about Bible John? The Human Crocodile? The Gorbals Vampire? Arthur Thompson and his kin? Look no further! take a trip through Glasgow's macabre past with The Dark Side Tours!

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Gin Tour and Tastings

Gin Tour and Tastings

6th January 2024 - 29th December 2024

Isle of Cumbrae Distillers' Gin Tour and Tastings highlight the important role women played in the history of gin and showcase the colourful smuggling history of the Clyde and the history of Millport!

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Loch Lomond Faerie Trail

Loch Lomond Faerie Trail

28th March 2024 - 31st August 2024

Located in one of Scotland's most charming villages, join Loch Lomond Faerie Trail for a delightful adventure through our enchanting woodlands!

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Events in Lanarkshire

Here's a selection of events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Lanarkshire:

Glitz and Glamour The Golden Age of Cinema in Scotland

Glitz and Glamour The Golden Age of Cinema in Scotland

25th May 2024 - 17th August 2024

This colourful exhibition at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre showcases artefacts from Scotland's largest cinema collection!

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Get Walking Lanarkshire Health Walks

Get Walking Lanarkshire Health Walks

1st January 2024 - 31st December 2024

Join Get Walking Lanarkshire on one of their regular health walks! Enjoy the fresh air, meet new people and have a good blether!

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Events in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Here's a selection of events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Renfrewshire:

The Teardrop Explodes - A Paisley Pattern Exhibition

The Teardrop Explodes - A Paisley Pattern Exhibition

1st May 2024 - 28th June 2024

The Teardrop Explodes, an exciting new exhibition for 2024 at The Art Department, explores all things Paisley Pattern!

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Kilmacolm Farm Tours

Kilmacolm Farm Tours

1st May 2024 - 30th September 2024

Experience a fantastic farm animal safari from a purpose built 14 seater all weather trailer where you can enjoy the panoramic 360 degree views of this working farm in Kilmacolm!

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Events in Stirling

Here's a selection of events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Stirling:

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: Kilbryde Castle

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Garden: Kilbryde Castle

1st February 2024 - 30th September 2024

Come and explore Kilbride Castle gardens! They cover some 12 acres and are situated above the Ardoch Burn and below the castle.

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Yoga Classes in Stirling

Yoga Classes in Stirling

18th April 2024 - 23rd December 2024

Join Roz Yoga Lifestyle for these weekly mat and chair yoga classes at The Dunblane Centre!

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Preschool Activities With Active Stirling

Preschool Activities With Active Stirling

29th January 2024 - 20th December 2024

Come along to The PEAK, Stirling for three very different, but fun, weekly preschool sports activities!

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Events in Other Areas

History of Prestwick Airport Walking Tour

History of Prestwick Airport Walking Tour

28th December 2023 - 31st October 2024

Prestwick Airport, just 30 miles south west of Glasgow has had a colourful history since aviation activity was first recorded over 110 years ago in 1913, find out more on one of these walking tours!

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Sponsored Links

Clann An Drumma
Renfrewshire Council
Escape The Past
Open Pass Scotland
Edinburgh Dungeons
ATG

Sponsored Links

Fayre Play
Hilton Glasgow
Paisley First
The Straits
Makers Market The Lothians
Renfrewshire Council
Clann An Drumma
Renfrewshire Council
Escape The Past
Open Pass Scotland
Edinburgh Dungeons
ATG

Popular Events

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
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.
Castle Street Market
Held in brightly coloured gazebos in the heart of central Edinburgh, Castle Street Market is filled with top quality products and has something to satisfy every taste!
Game On
Get set for Game On - the largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games.
The Hidden Garden
Award-winning multidisciplinary dance artist Jill Crovisier makes her UK debut with The Hidden Garden at Summerhall as part of the Fringe.
8-Week Mindfulness Based Living Course including Salt Therapy
This 8-Week course will be facilitated by Gary Young from The Mindful Enterprise and is based on the work of international mindfulness teacher Rob Nairn.

Popular Listings

Corn Exchange Haddington Edinburgh Playhouse Festival Theatre Edinburgh Howden Park Centre Livingston Kings Theatre Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland O2 Academy Edinburgh The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh Traverse Theatre Usher Hall