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Edinburgh is home to some of the world’s most renowned festivals.

Each year the city brings a range of annual events and world-leading celebrations, bringing the best talent from across the globe to Edinburgh’s streets and stages. Annually the city brings over 3,000 events, 25,000+ performers, with over 4.5 million attendances from over the globe.

Here is a list of some of our favourite events and festivals that are being hosted in Edinburgh this summer. There is something for everyone from art, music, food & science you won’t want to be anywhere else this summer.

 

Edinburgh Science Festival 1-16 April

The festival embraces the concepts of experimentation, innovation, creativity, curiosity and invention.

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Edinburgh International Children’s Festival – 27 May – 04 June 2023

The festival presents world-class theatre, specially selected for little ones.

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Hidden Door Festival 31 May – 4 June

The festival opens up forgotten urban spaces for the public to explore and discover incredible music, art, theatre, film, dance, spoken word and more.

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Edinburgh’s Jazz & Blues Festival 14 – 23 July

It is one of the largest and most respected jazz and blues festivals in Europe. Providing a programme that spans the entire history of the music from ragtime to modern jazz to Chicago blues and beyond.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 04 – 26 August

Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s imposing castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most special events in Edinburgh’s calendar.

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The Edinburgh Fringe 04 – 28 August

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest performance arts festival, featuring more than 59 thousand performances of 3 thousand different shows in 322 venues.

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The Edinburgh International Festival 04 – 27

A festival celebrating a collective mix of arts with notable figures from the international world of music (especially classical music) and the performing arts as well as visual art exhibitions, talks and workshops.

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Edinburgh Art Festival 11 – 27 August

Explore events, exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks and guided tours at Edinburgh Art Festival, the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival 12 – 28 August

Enjoy a journey of discovery through fact, fiction, poetry, personal stories and world affairs at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival 8 – 23 August

The world’s oldest continually running film festival. EIFF presents both UK and international films, in all genres and lengths. It also presents themed retrospectives and other specialised programming strands.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival 17 – 29 October

Bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets

 

Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay – Late December

When it comes to Hogmanay, Edinburgh certainly knows how to put on a show whether it’s the enchanting torchlight procession, the famous Hogmanay street party, and spectacular firework display, or a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens.

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