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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

2 - 26 August 2019

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:

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LA Phil at the Edinburgh Festival

The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents classical music from the Golden Age of Hollywood by Herrmann, Korngold and best-loved film composer, John Williams. Held at Tynecastle Park stadium, this free event marks the start of the International Festival and features a selection of music from classic films Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, E.T. and many more.

West Side Story
West Side Story at the Edinburgh Festival

Watch the Scottish Chamber Orchestra bring a timeless love story to life in an electrifying performance of Leonard Bernstein's cultural phenomenon, West Side Story. Enjoy a sensational score of music featuring class songs such as ‘America’, ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’ and ‘Somewhere’.

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.

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! 

2 - 26 August 2019

Edinburgh Art Festival

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. 

25 July - 25 August 2019

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.

2 - 24 August 2019

Edinburgh Book Festival

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.

10 - 26 August 2019


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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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