Summer is finally at an end and Autumn has arrived. No matter what time of year you visit Edinburgh, you’re guaranteed to be spoilt rotten for things to do and see. As the summer comes to an end the city becomes somewhat quieter after the past couple of months when the festivals are at their peak, although this year is definitely different from the usual. Autumn still holds some great events and is the ideal time to visit our stunning city and explore at a slower pace.
Events & Festivals
Doors Open Days
11 Sep 2021 – 12 Sep 2021
Scotland’s annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across West Lothian.
07 Sep 2021 – 20 Sep 2021
Lammermuir Festival is East Lothian’s celebration of Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places.
Hidden Door Festival 2021
15 Sep 2021 – 19 Sep 2021
The Hidden Door festival returns in September 2021 for an outdoor festival of music, visual art, theatre, dance and spoken word.
18 Sep 2021 – 19 Sep 2021
Scotland’s biggest and best truck show returns to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on the 18th and 19th September, it’s a great day out for the family.
Take One Action Film Festival
22 Sep 2021 – 26 Sep 2021
The UK’s leading global change film festival, Take One Action, returns for its first-ever hybrid edition, taking place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and online from 22nd – 26th September.
The Rum Festival Edinburgh
24 Sep 2021 – 25 Sep 2021
It’s back! The UK’s first traveling Rum Festival is back in Edinburgh for the fourth year! Catch it on the 24th & 25th of September.
Edinburgh Juniper Festival
01 Oct 2021 – 03 Oct 2021
The Juniper Festival, ‘Scotland’s Best Gin Fest’, returns to Summerhall in October 2021.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week
11 Oct 2021 – 24 Oct 2021
Edinburgh Cocktail Week is returning in October 2021 and has been extended to two full weeks, Monday 11th – Sunday 24th October.
Edinburgh Horror Festival
21 Oct 2021 – 31 Oct 2021
The Edinburgh Horror Festival, or EHF as all the cool kids call it, is a multi-art-form event and one of the most popular Hallowe’en events in Edinburgh.
Terminal V Festival – Halloween 2021
30 Oct 2021 – 31 Oct 2021
Terminal V returns to The Royal Highland Centre for two days, taking place over Halloween weekend 30th + 31st October.
Samhuinn Fire Festival 2021
31 Oct 2021 – 31 Oct 2021
Edinburgh’s spectacular Winter festival returns once more to Calton Hill this October.
Stag & Dagger Edinburgh
14 Nov 2021 – 14 Nov 2021
Stag & Dagger, Scotland’s original multi-venue event and biggest new music showcase returns to Edinburgh on Sunday 14th November.
The National Whisky Festival
20 Nov 2021 – 20 Nov 2021
Following popular previous editions, The National Whisky Festival will be making its way back to Edinburgh in November.
Edinburgh Diwali 2021
21 Nov 2021 – 21 Nov 2021
The South Asian festival of Diwali, which is celebrated by different cultures and religions all over the world, comes to Edinburgh with a multi-cultural feast of light, music, dance and food.
26 Nov 2021 – 28 Nov 2021
The EH6 Festival returns to Leith from 26th – 28th November with some of the best upcoming artists and bands from across the country.
Edinburgh Gin Festival 2021
27 Nov 2021 – 27 Nov 2021
The Edinburgh Gin Festival is coming to the Assembly Rooms on Saturday 27th November! Come along and meet the distillers, chat, sample, and even buy a bottle to take home.
Activities & Attractions
Our Dynamic Earth
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
National Museum of Scotland
Museum of Childhood
Scottish National Gallery
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Yacht Britannia
Alien Rock Climbing Centre
LOVE Gorgie Farm (formerly known as Gorgie City Farm)
Gravity Trampoline Centre
Looking for free things to do with your kids?
As you’ll no doubt know, your wallet can take a serious hit when visiting a city and a trip to Edinburgh is no exception. So if you’re on a tight budget, we’ve got lots of ideas to share with you that won’t cost you a penny. Save your pounds for a visit to the castle and mix it up with plenty of other free activities. Here are our top five free Family-Friendly Things to do in Edinburgh this Summer.
National Museum of Scotland
Gorgie City Farm
Climb Calton Hill
Walk the Water of Leith
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