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!

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Edinburgh Festivals in January

Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
Explore large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and all of Scotland thanks to Scotland's Gardens Scheme!
Burns Unbroke

Burns Unbroke

25 Jan 2018 - 10 Mar 2018
Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival offering diverse creative responses to Burns.
Red, Red Rose Street

Red, Red Rose Street

25 Jan 2018 - 27 Jan 2018
Red Red Rose Street returns for 2018 with a festival of Burns’ music and words running from 25th - 27th January.
manipulate Festival

manipulate Festival

26 Jan 2018 - 03 Feb 2018
manipulate, produced by Puppet Animation Scotland is Scotland's Festival of visual theatre, puppetry and animation.
Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival

Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival

27 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018
Come along to the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival for an inspirational weekend of yoga and fitness classes, guided meditations, talks and workshops.

Edinburgh Festivals in February

Winterplay

Winterplay

10 Feb 2018 - 11 Feb 2018
Winterplay is a weekend mini-festival of chamber music for all ages at The Queen's Hall 10th & 11th February.
Audacious Women Festival

Audacious Women Festival

22 Feb 2018 - 26 Feb 2018
Audacious Women Festival is a chance to break personal or institutional barriers, and to celebrate audacious women everywhere.
Holistic Ways Festival Edinburgh

Holistic Ways Festival Edinburgh

24 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Scotland's leading Mind Body Spirit event, Holistic Ways Festival, returns to Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 25th February.

Edinburgh Festivals in March

Edinburgh Festival of Sex

Edinburgh Festival of Sex

09 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
The Festival of Sex is proud to offer you a week-end of free shows and fun you won't forget from 9th to 11th March.
Meats & Beats Festival

Meats & Beats Festival

09 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018
After a sell-out inaugural festival last year, Meats & Beats Festival returns to Edinburgh on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March 2018.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

15 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018
The UK's Premier specialist Hand-Knitting Event 'Edinburgh Yarn Festival' returns to Edinburgh Corn Exchange from 15th to 17th March.
Edinburghs Festival of Ireland

Edinburghs Festival of Ireland

16 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland is a celebration of the city`s own Irish community around St Patrick's Day each year.
Rare Books Edinburgh 2018

Rare Books Edinburgh 2018

19 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
Rare Books Edinburgh is a festival dedicated to rare, collectable, & important books and the history of the book.
Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

25 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
The Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s oldest and largest performing arts festival for children!
Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival

31 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
Edinburgh International Science Festival is an educational charity that aims to inspire all ages and backgrounds.
St Patrick’s Festival - 2019

St Patrick’s Festival - 2019

14 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019
It's that time of year again and no one does a St Patrick's Festival quite like Edinburgh Cowgate.

Edinburgh Festivals in April

Terminal V

Terminal V

01 Apr 2018 - 01 Apr 2018
Nightvision, is proud to announce the return of – Terminal V to the Royal Highland Centre on Sunday 1st April.
IberoDocs Festival Edinburgh

IberoDocs Festival Edinburgh

04 Apr 2018 - 08 Apr 2018
IberoDocs is the first showcase for Ibero-American culture in Scotland, focussed on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American filmmakers.
TradFest

TradFest

26 Apr 2018 - 06 May 2018
Tradition goes live in Edinburgh, with an annual showcase of Traditional Arts and Culture in Scotland’s capital.
The Great British Gin Festival - Edinburgh

The Great British Gin Festival - Edinburgh

28 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised when The UK's biggest Gin Festival tour comes to Edinburgh this April!
Watsonian Ladies Cricket Festival

Watsonian Ladies Cricket Festival

29 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018
Watsonian Ladies are hosting their annual Cricket Festival for the second year running on Sunday 29th April.
Beltane Fire Festival

Beltane Fire Festival

30 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
Join us at the 2018 Beltane Fire Festival taking place on 30th April and celebrate the first signs of summer!

Edinburgh Festivals in May

SERET Film Festival

SERET Film Festival

06 May 2018 - 07 May 2018
SERET London, the Israeli Film & TV Festival, are thrilled to announce they will be making their Scotland debut in Edinburgh in May at the Cameo Cinema.
Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

11 May 2018 - 19 May 2018
Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival and is the UK’s largest magic event.
Edinburgh Yoga Festival

Edinburgh Yoga Festival

11 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
The Edinburgh Yoga Festival returns for a third year offering many fantastic workshops and classes around the city.
MayFest 2018

MayFest 2018

11 May 2018 - 12 May 2018
Stewart Brewing's spring-time beer festival is back for its fourth year running; so come along to MayFest 2018 on 11th and 12th May!
Scot Gin Fest - Edinburgh

Scot Gin Fest - Edinburgh

12 May 2018 - 12 May 2018
Scotland's biggest and best Gin Festival is back and this time with a Scottish Tour which comes to The Caves Edinburgh on May 12th 2018!
Pint of Science Edinburgh

Pint of Science Edinburgh

14 May 2018 - 16 May 2018
The Pint of Science festival in Edinburgh brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research!
Festival of Museums: Edinburgh & Lothians

Festival of Museums: Edinburgh & Lothians

18 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
Festival of Museums is a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums & galleries with events during the day & night!
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival

25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
The Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival returns from 25th-27th May with a world class line-up of breweries, headline music acts and Scotland’s finest street food.
Hidden Door Festival 2018

Hidden Door Festival 2018

25 May 2018 - 03 Jun 2018
Hidden Door returns to Leith, for 10 days and nights of live music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word, late-night DJs and special events.
Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

25 May 2019 - 02 Jun 2019
Edinburgh International Children's Festival of performing arts for children and young people.

Edinburgh Festivals in June

Edinburgh Juniper Festival 2018

Edinburgh Juniper Festival 2018

01 Jun 2018 - 03 Jun 2018
Scotland’s Best Gin Festival returns to Summerhall for its fifth consecutive year over the weekend of 1-3rd June.
LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Edinburgh & Lothians

LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Edinburgh & Lothians

01 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight returns packed with over 40 sporting, cultural, academic, social & recreational events!
The Meadows Festival

The Meadows Festival

02 Jun 2018 - 03 Jun 2018
Edinburgh's free volunteer-run music & community Meadows Festival returns on the 2nd and 3rd June.
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

07 Jun 2018 - 24 Jun 2018
The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is a real showcase for all aspects of cycle culture and the City of Edinburgh.
Architecture Fringe: Edinburgh

Architecture Fringe: Edinburgh

08 Jun 2018 - 24 Jun 2018
The Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts.
Leith Festival

Leith Festival

09 Jun 2018 - 17 Jun 2018
Leith Festival is an array of colour, sound, culture and pageantry that takes place over nine days in June.
Jan De Vries Health Festival

Jan De Vries Health Festival

14 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
Join us in store for the Jan De Vries Health Festival with three health-fuelled days of tastings, free samples and lots of friendly advice!
Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

20 Jun 2018 - 01 Jul 2018
Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned for discovering & promoting the very best in international cinema.
Sunday Sessions Scotland

Sunday Sessions Scotland

24 Jun 2018 - 24 Jun 2018
Sunday Sessions Scotland, a new one-day music festival, is coming to Dalkeith Country Park on Sunday 24th June and headlining it will be the Kaiser Chiefs.

Edinburgh Festivals in July

Scottish Real Ale Festival 2018

Scottish Real Ale Festival 2018

05 Jul 2018 - 07 Jul 2018
The 2018 Scottish Real Ale Festival returns to The Edinburgh Corn Exchange from 5th - 7th July.
ScotFest Music Festival

ScotFest Music Festival

06 Jul 2018 - 07 Jul 2018
SCOTFEST - the family friendly music festival, makes its debut at the Royal Highland Centre on 6th & 7th July!
Formation Festival

Formation Festival

07 Jul 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
Formation is a new festival showcasing the talents of the Annexe Repertory Theatre Company and it's all happening at Assembly Roxy this July.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

13 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Set up in 1978, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival now presents high quality musicians from all over the world.
Edinburgh Rum and Reggae Festival

Edinburgh Rum and Reggae Festival

21 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Take a rum journey around the world, tasting rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, Cuba, South America & the USA at the Edinburgh Rum and Reggae Festival!
MCN Scottish Festival

MCN Scottish Festival

21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
The all-new MCN Scottish Festival is coming to the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on 21st and 22nd July 2018.
Edinburgh Food Festival

Edinburgh Food Festival

25 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Celebrate all things great in food & drink when the Edinburgh Food Festival returns to George Square Gardens!
Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival

26 Jul 2018 - 26 Aug 2018
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art.

Edinburgh Festivals in August

Chinese Youth Arts Festival 2018

Chinese Youth Arts Festival 2018

03 Aug 2018 - 03 Aug 2018
Organised by Scotland-China Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Youth Arts Festival 2018 will be held in EICC on 3rd August.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

03 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks.
Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

03 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
The Edinburgh International Festival presents three weeks of the finest creators & performers from the worlds of the arts.
Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival

03 Aug 2018 - 05 Aug 2018
Edinburgh Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink, returns to Inverleith Park 3rd- 5th August.
2018 Chinese Arts and Culture Festival

2018 Chinese Arts and Culture Festival

04 Aug 2018 - 05 Aug 2018
Organised by Scotland-China Chamber of Commerce, the 4th Chinese Arts and Culture Festival will be held in EICC on 4th & 5th August.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

06 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

11 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season.
ScotlandsFest 2018

ScotlandsFest 2018

20 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Enjoy varied afternoon sessions of stimulating conversation, readings and debate with writers, artists and thinkers.
Pizza and Prosecco Festival Edinburgh

Pizza and Prosecco Festival Edinburgh

25 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Get a slice of the action from an array of pop ups and bars when the Pizza & Prosecco Festival comes to Edinburgh in August!

Edinburgh Festivals in September

Doors Open Days West Lothian

Doors Open Days West Lothian

01 Sep 2018 - 02 Sep 2018
Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across West Lothian! This year's event will be held on 1st & 2nd September!
Edinburgh Mela

Edinburgh Mela

01 Sep 2018 - 02 Sep 2018
Edinburgh Mela, a multi-cultural festival of music, dance and arts, returns in September to Leith Links.
Doors Open Days Midlothian

Doors Open Days Midlothian

08 Sep 2018 - 09 Sep 2018
Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Midlothian! This year's event will be held 8th & 9th September!
Take One Action Film Festival Edinburgh

Take One Action Film Festival Edinburgh

12 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
Take One Action Film festival returns to Edinburgh 12-23 September, to celebrate the people and the films that are changing the world!
Ocean Film Festival

Ocean Film Festival

15 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
The Ocean Film Festival returns to the Festival Theatre with a brand new selection of the most amazing ocean films.
Edinburgh Blues N Rock Festival

Edinburgh Blues N Rock Festival

22 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
Come along to the annual Edinburgh Blues ‘N’ Rock Festival happening at The Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 22nd September!
Balerno Music Festival

Balerno Music Festival

26 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
The Pentland Hills come alive with the sound of music when the eleventh Balerno Music Festival returns on 26th September.
The Rum Festival Edinburgh

The Rum Festival Edinburgh

28 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
It's back! The UK's first travelling Rum Festival is back in Edinburgh for year 2! Catch it at The Biscuit Factory on 28th & 29th September!
Doors Open Days Edinburgh

Doors Open Days Edinburgh

29 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Edinburgh! This year's event will be held on September 29th & 30th!
Queensferry’s 2nd Annual Folk Festival

Queensferry’s 2nd Annual Folk Festival

29 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Queensferry’s 2nd Annual Folk Festival is taking place on Saturday 29th September with a hugh variety of acts. Don't miss it!

Edinburgh Festivals in October

Edinburgh Coffee Festival

Edinburgh Coffee Festival

06 Oct 2018 - 06 Oct 2018
The Edinburgh Coffee Festival, now in its forth year, returns to Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 6th October. A must-see occasion for coffee enthusiasts from across the country.
Festival of Politics

Festival of Politics

10 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
The Festival of Politics returns on Wednesday 10 October 2018 for more debate, music and film!
Big Big Gin Festival

Big Big Gin Festival

12 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
The Big Big Gin Festival is launching this October at Edinburgh Corn Exchange with over 100 different gins to choose from. Let your experience be-gin!
Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

15 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Edinburgh Cocktail Week is a week-long program of events & parties across the city, and over 80 of Edinburgh's favourite cocktail bars!
Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

19 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 10-day celebration of live storytelling and imagination.
Edinburgh Horror Festival

Edinburgh Horror Festival

25 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018
The Edinburgh Horror Festival, or EHF as all the cool kids call it, is a multi-art-form event running over the weekend before Hallowe'en each year in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2018

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2018

26 Oct 2018 - 10 Nov 2018
The Edinburgh Short Film Festival returns from 26th October bringing the best in contemporary short form cinema.
The Festival of Physics

The Festival of Physics

26 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
Join the Institute of Physics between 26 – 28 October at Dynamic Earth for a packed three-day programme of shows, talks and hands-on activites for all ages!
Samhuinn Fire Festival 2018

Samhuinn Fire Festival 2018

31 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
Edinburgh’s most unique Hallowe’en event returns to the capital this October with one of their biggest Winter festivals yet.

Edinburgh Festivals in November

Edinburgh Diwali - 2018

Edinburgh Diwali - 2018

03 Nov 2018 - 03 Nov 2018
The City of Edinburgh presents the 2018 Diwali on 3rd November with music, dances, food, drink and fireworks!
Edinburgh Festival of Wine 2018

Edinburgh Festival of Wine 2018

03 Nov 2018 - 03 Nov 2018
Calling all wine lovers... the Edinburgh Festival of Wine is coming to The Balmoral Hotel in November 2018.
Minted Comedy Festival

Minted Comedy Festival

04 Nov 2018 - 04 Nov 2018
Join Phill Jupitus, Gary Meikle, Rachel Jackson, Susan Riddell & Chrissy Ross for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions as they star in the inaugural Minted Comedy Festival on 4th November!
Edinburghs Christmas

Edinburghs Christmas

16 Nov 2018 - 05 Jan 2019
A spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city from 16th November - 5th January.
The Edinburgh Festival of Sound

The Edinburgh Festival of Sound

16 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018
Signum Audio has partnered up with Red Dog Music to create the first Edinburgh Festival of Sound which will take place on the 16th and 17th of November 2018 at Teviot Row House.
Cheese Fest Edinburgh

Cheese Fest Edinburgh

17 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
The UK's biggest touring cheese festival is returning to Edinburgh and will be at the Corn Exchange on 17th and 18th November.
EH6 Festival

EH6 Festival

23 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
The EH6 Festival is back bigger and better this year with an incredible line up of live music and over 100 acts in 3 days in 3 amazing historic Leith venues.
Foodies Festival Christmas

Foodies Festival Christmas

23 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
Foodies Festival Christmas, Edinburgh’s favourite food festival, kicks off the festive season at the EICC on 23, 24 & 25 November.

Edinburgh Festivals in December

Christmas Charity Festival

Christmas Charity Festival

01 Dec 2018 - 02 Dec 2018
This annual event is now in its eighth year with over 30 charity stalls to brows around within the comfort of a large marquee you can even stay awhile for a snack at the coffee / tea bar.
Edinburghs Hogmanay

Edinburghs Hogmanay

30 Dec 2018 - 01 Jan 2019
Three DAYS of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.

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Fireworks and Bonfire Night 2018
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Edinburgh Cocktail Week
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