Edinburgh's Festivals



Edinburgh is the world's Festival City

It’s where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. This welcoming, inspiring and open-minded atmosphere is heightened by the beauty of this breathtaking historical city.

With 12 Festivals throughout the year, there’s an endless array of events, performances and spectacles to enjoy. 

Edinburgh International Film Festival

JUNE 18-29, 2014

A home of innovative and exciting cinema, the Festival has presented cinema's most important moments and hosted to the world's greatest filmmakers.

Edinburgh Art Festival

JUL 31-AUG 31 2014

The city's galleries, museums and visual art spaces combine to present the most exciting and intriguing of the modern and contemporary visual arts world.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

JULY 18-27, 2014

Featuring international stars, exciting newcomers and the hottest local talent spanning the earliest jazz forms to the thriving contemporary creativity of today.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

AUG 1 - 25

The largest arts Festival in the world transforms Edinburgh with live theatre and comedy performances in the streets and across over 250 venues around the city.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

AUG 1-23, 2014

A unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre set against magnificent Edinburgh Castle combines to create one of the world’s greatest shows.

Edinburgh International Festival

AUG 8-31, 2014

The finest in classical music, theatre, opera and dance gather to present one of the most innovative and accessible Festivals of the performing arts.

Edinburgh Mela Festival

AUG 29-31, 2014

An exciting celebration and exploration of the people, places and identities that reflect the diverse communities of the world.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

AUG 9-25, 2014

The largest Book Festival of its kind, with over 700 world-class writers and thinkers taking part in more than 800 events.

International Storytelling Festival

OCT 24-NOV 2, 2014

Scotland’s inspirational annual celebration of traditional and contemporary storytelling.

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay

DEC 30, 2014–JAN 1, 2015

The largest New Year event in the world with three days of celebrations culminating with a massive New Year's Eve street party.

Imaginate Festival

MAY 5-12, 2014

Scotland's international festival of performing arts for childrden and young people.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

APR 5-20, 2014

Fun and inspiration for all ages featuring the inventions and innovations of the world of science and technology.

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