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Edinburgh Festivals

Every August, a vibrant mix of street performers, musicians, artists, writers and comedians descend upon Edinburgh's performance venues and event spaces, bringing the city alive with an exhilarating programme of cultural delights. 

International Festival

3 - 27 August 2018

For three weeks every August, Edinburgh's major theatres and concert halls come alive with critically acclaimed music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe. 

Through innovative programming and a commitment to new work, the Edinburgh International Festival brings together world premiers, new takes on classical works and unique artistic collaborations which attract and thrill visitors to the city. 

Not to be missed:

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Crafted by Scottish composer Anna Meredith, this spectacular free outdoor event marks the start of the International Festival. The performance reflects on the end of the centenary of the Great War and is produced in collaboration with 59 Productions, the award-winning design company whose work includes the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. 

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Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Light on the Shore brings together some of Scotland's most seminal popular musicians including Mogwai, King Creosote, Julie Fowlis and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Celebrate the creativity, originality and international impact of Scottish pop music at the art deco Leith Theatre, recently described by The List as, ‘the best live music venue in Scotland’. 

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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the International Festival to a resplendent close. Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this audio and visual feast boasts stirring music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a pyrotechic extravaganza choreographed by international fireworks artists, Pyrovision.

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At a glance


Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival is home to thousands of live shows and performances including theatre, dance, cabaret, comedy, exhibitions, events, musicals, opera, children’s shows, music and more! 

3 - 27 August 2018

Art Festival

Scotlands leading annual visual arts festival presents thought-provoking work by talented Scottish and international artists within the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces. 

26 July - 26 August 2018

Military Tattoo

One of the most iconic events on the festival calendar, the Tattoo celebrates the talents of military bands from the British Armed Forces, the Commonwealth and military teams across the globe.

3 - 25 August 2018

Book Festival

Over 800 writers from all over the world gather at the Book Festival in leafy Charlotte Square for readings and Q&A sessions with audiences of all age groups including children, teens and adults.

11 - 27 August 2018


Booked your accommodation yet?

Edinburgh's population more than doubles during festival season, so if you're planning a visit this year, we recommend you book your accommodation early.

The Bruntsfield Hotel is easy to access from the Edinburgh's main train stations and airport, and is only a 25 minute walk from the city centre.  

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