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What's on in Edinburgh

Welcome to What's on Edinburgh, we pride ourselves on keeping you up to date on events in Edinburgh taking place throughout the year. From the latest theatre events and live music performances to local activities and fantastic attractions, we keep you up to date daily!

Popular events in Edinburgh

You'll find the most popular Edinburgh events on the website right now, right here!

Castle of Light
Castle of Light
14th Nov 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens
Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens
16th Nov 2019 - 4th Jan 2020
The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
Light Night
Light Night
17th November 2019
Light Night is a free event for all to enjoy. The finale will be a spectacular pyrotechnics display marking the official switch on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights with Santa’s “flying” visit.

Featured events in Edinburgh

There are thousands of events in Edinburgh every month, here we've hand-picked a few you should definitely pay attention to!

Light Night
Light Night
17th November 2019
NA, Edinburgh Old Town
Light Night is a free event for all to enjoy. The finale will be a spectacular pyrotechnics display marking the official switch on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights with Santa’s “flying” visit.
Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour
Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour
17th November 2019
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
Direct from the USA, the world's biggest, best and most successful Elvis Tribute show returns to the UK by popluar demand and stops off at Edinburgh Playhouse on 17th November!
Phil Kay Live in the Afternoon!
Phil Kay Live in the Afternoon!
17th November 2019
Dalriada, Portobello
Don't miss Phil Kay at Dalriada on Sunday 17th November for an hour of the finest stand up comedy gold!

Hottest Tickets in Town

From theatre shows to gigs, snap up tickets to the most popular events in town, here's a small selection of what's trending this week!

Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
22nd Nov 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Stockbridge and Canonmills
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!
Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
7th Dec 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
Scottish Ballet’s 50th year will come to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen this Christmas at the Festival Theatre!
Five Sisters Zoo Illuminations
Five Sisters Zoo Illuminations
15th Nov 2019 - 23rd Dec 2019
Five Sisters Zoo, West Calder
Five Sisters Zoo will once again illuminate the zoo for another year and there is plenty of new surprises in store with our new enchanted riverside walk, stunning lit up water fountains and much more!

Festivals in Edinburgh

From music to film, comedy to books, family to the arts there's a wide range of cultural festivals being held throughout the year in Edinburgh!

Edinburghs Christmas
Edinburghs Christmas
16th Nov 2019 - 4th Jan 2020
A spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city!
Book Week Scotland: Edinburgh & Lothians
Book Week Scotland: Edinburgh & Lothians
18th Nov 2019 - 24th Nov 2019
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November!
Foodies Festival Christmas
Foodies Festival Christmas
22nd Nov 2019 - 24th Nov 2019
Foodies Festival Christmas, Edinburgh’s favourite food festival, kicks off the festive season at the EICC on 22, 23 & 24th November 2019.
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Upcoming Theatre Events in Edinburgh

Whether you prefer comedy or musicals, ballet or opera, our Edinburgh theatre listings will have something to suit everyone!

Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour
Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour
17th November 2019
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
Direct from the USA, the world's biggest, best and most successful Elvis Tribute show returns to the UK by popluar demand and stops off at Edinburgh Playhouse on 17th November!
Scottish Opera: Tosca
Scottish Opera: Tosca
17th Nov 2019 - 23rd Nov 2019
Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
This superb production is beloved the world over – don’t miss it as it comes home to the Scottish Opera stage.
Tim Minchin - Back 2019
Tim Minchin - Back 2019
19th November 2019
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
Tim Minchin, award-winning comedian, actor and composer, will return to the stage for his first UK tour dates since 2011 and you can catch him at Edinburgh Playhouse on 19th November 2019.
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Upcoming Family & Kids Events in Edinburgh

Don't be stuck for things to do with the kids in Edinburgh! We have something for everyone and every pocket...

Light Night
Light Night
17th November 2019
NA, Edinburgh Old Town
Light Night is a free event for all to enjoy. The finale will be a spectacular pyrotechnics display marking the official switch on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights with Santa’s “flying” visit.
Kilts and Captivity
Kilts and Captivity
17th November 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History
Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History
17th November 2019
NA, Various Locations Edinburgh
Join the Surgeons Hall Museums on their walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment.
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Upcoming Music Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is renowned for it's live music scene, with a variety of venues catering for small intimate gigs to huge arenas hosting the biggest names!

1968, Hair of the Dog and Chuli Devi
1968, Hair of the Dog and Chuli Devi
17th November 2019
Opium, Edinburgh Old Town
Cheshire-based riff monsters 1968 are pushing the older sound into modern ears and using volume to ensure that listeners or spectators are left with the feedback, for days.
Scottish Opera: Tosca
Scottish Opera: Tosca
17th Nov 2019 - 23rd Nov 2019
Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
This superb production is beloved the world over – don’t miss it as it comes home to the Scottish Opera stage.
Jazz Sundays
Jazz Sundays
17th November 2019
Soderberg Pavilion, Edinburgh South
Come along and enjoy Jazz Sundays at Soderberg Pavillion, Lister Square, with live music every Sunday from 5pm!
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New Events in Edinburgh

You'll find all the latest Edinburgh events that have been added to the website right here!

Footloose
Footloose
28th Jul 2020 - 1st Aug 2020
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever with the incredible Gareth Gates as loveable cowboy Willard!
Abba Party Night
Abba Party Night
6th June 2020
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
Dig out your 70s fashion, dust off your platform boots and get ready to sing and dance the night away at this fantastic show.
Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody
Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody
17th May 2020
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
Celebrate Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury at the smash hit film as you have never experienced it before!
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Latest Edinburgh News

Edinburgh care home chef turns up the heat in national awards
Edinburgh care home chef turns up the heat in national awards
Iain Young, head chef at Murrayside care home, at South Beechwood, has made it to the final stage in the ‘Nutrition and eating well’ category in the Scottish Care Home Awards 2019.
Cat Hepburn embarks on Scottish student tour as part of Book Week Scotland
Cat Hepburn embarks on Scottish student tour as part of Book Week Scotland
The Scottish Book Trust has announced that award winning scriptwriter and spoken word artist Cat Hepburn will embark on a tour for Scottish students as part of Book Week Scotland.

Activities in Edinburgh

Step away from the TV remote, choose one or more from our activities selection, and get out of the house to discover new skills, sports and more!

JC Fitness
JC Fitness
At JC Fitness, we have the amazing privilege of working with a wide variety of people...
Potter Around
Potter Around
A friendly and welcoming pottery painting and craft studio and shop in a courtyard steading...
Yoga Links
Yoga Links
Edinburgh based Kundalini Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Post Natal Yoga and Corporate Yoga classes...
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Attractions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have a great mix of sightseeing attractions. If you are looking for a fun family day out or a trip with friends, then look no further!

Natami
Natami
natami is Natalia's art gallery that opened in 2019. The gallery is at the centre of...
Birch Tree Gallery
Birch Tree Gallery
A venue for fine-crafts, prints and works on paper opened its doors in March 2017. The...
Tumbles at Portobello Gymnastics and Softplay Centre
Tumbles at Portobello Gymnastics and Softplay Centre
Tumbles on Portobello Promenade is a large, modern gymnastics facility and softplay venue...
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Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh

Eating out in Edinburgh is a joy, with a range of restaurants and cafes on offer and there's a wide selection of places to enjoy a quiet pint or a cheeky cocktail.

Akva
Akva
Akva is a social network in real life. Akva is were people meet, relax, work, eat and...
Candy Bar & Diner
Candy Bar & Diner
WELCOME TO CANDY BAR WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THE BEST FUN IN TOWN!Born and raised...
Montpeliers
Montpeliers
We work closely with local Edinburgh suppliers to ensure we get the best food and drink...
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Shopping in Edinburgh

If you've got a hankering for some retail therapy, Edinburgh with its diverse range of unique and independent shops is the place to be!

The Mart
The Mart
The (Old Auction) Mart was once the centre of East Linton - a bustling agricultural destination...
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops...
Oska Edinburgh
Oska Edinburgh
How an individual’s personality comes across and how clothes can help are the decisive...
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Popular Events

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’!
Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens
The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
Light Night
Light Night is a free event for all to enjoy. The finale will be a spectacular pyrotechnics display marking the official switch on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights with Santa’s “flying” visit.
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!
Night Walk for Edinburgh
Night Walk for Edinburgh, one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh international Festival 2019, returns as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.

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