What's on in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a great place to visit any time of year. With 12 festivals taking place throughout the year- with July, August and September being the busiest periods- there is always something to see and do in Edinburgh.
The full list of our year round festivals is below:
2014 Edinburgh Festival Dates:
Festivals in the Spring:
Edinburgh International Science Festival: 5 - 20 April
Imaginate Festival: 5 - 12 May
Festivals in the Summer:
Edinburgh International Film Festival: 18 - 29 June
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: 18 - 27 July
Edinburgh Art Festival: 31 July - 31 August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 1 - 25 August
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 1 - 23 August
Edinburgh International Festival: 8 - 31 August
Edinburgh International Book Festival: 9 - 25 August
Edinburgh Mela: 29 - 31 August
Festivals in the Autumn/Winter:
Scottish International Storytelling Festival: 24 October - 2 November
Edinburgh's Hogmanay: 30 December 2014 - 1 January 2015
The Spring festivals are focused around the theme of re-growth and re-birth. The Science Festival has a very strong children’s programme as well as an adults programme that has featured the likes of Richard Dawkins and ASIMO, the world’s first humanoid robot, in the past. The Imaginate festival is the world’s premiere festival for children and young people- and has a programme that will delight both young people and the older people who accompany them.
The Summer festival season is the ubiquitous ‘festival’ time that has made Edinburgh famous. Streets, church halls and thousand-seater venues all throng with the joy of art and culture. From the grand opera and theatre of the Edinburgh International Festival to the Fringe’s groundbreaking plays and the Jazz festival’s unique never-to-be-seen again collaborations to the grand masters and emerging talent of the Art festival, there is more to see than can possibly be imagined.
In the Winter, Edinburgh sparkles with light and sound. Following the changing of the clocks the Storytelling Festival springs into action with talent around the world engaging in the ancient art of Storytelling. In the build up to Hogmanay you can enjoy a mug of gluwein and a turn on the famous Ferris wheel in Princes Street Gardens, before joining the famous Torchlight Procession winding through the city or partying until midnight before joining the world record number of people singing Old Lang Syne.