Edinburgh is very proud to be the world’s leading city of festivals.
This is great news for you, as a guest to the city, you can enjoy culture and festivities all year round. Read on to find out how to make the most of your visit.
Last year across our annual calendar of festivals we had a whopping 3,000+ events, 25,000+ performers, 4.5 million global attendees visiting from 70 countries. There’s never a dull day!
Start your year with a BANG at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay:
(30th of December to the 1st of January)
Hogmanay is a celebration loved and celebrated wildly. The traditions come from far and wide and range from Street Parties, Torchlight Processions, Live music and Ceilidhs. Each of the traditions are designed to wave goodbye to one year and start a new one fresh faced, on the right foot (and most likely hungover).
Top up your dopamine levels at the Edinburgh Science Festival:
(4th of April to the 19th of April)
Taking place at museums, galleries and public spaces, the Science Festival offers an exciting array of activities and exhibitions on all things science. Much of the festivals programming caters for all ages of fascinated minds. This festival is rich with experiences which vary from being hands-on and interactive to discussions which broaden outlook and spark debate.
Unlock your inner child at the International Children’s Festival:
(20th of May to the 31st of May)
This festival is annually-anticipated by locals and is made up of world-class theatre, specially selected for families to enjoy. The International Children’s Festival programme is vibrant, energic, and a great way for children to stretch their imagination.
Appreciate the silver screen at the International Film Festival:
(17th of June to the 28th of June)
Starting in 1947, the film festival is the world’s longest running film festival. Fuelled by passion for all things cinema the festival is world-renowned for discovering new talent and heralding changes in the cinema scene. The festival often draws in big names from on screen and behind the camera alike.
Keep it Jazzy at the Jazz & Blues Festival:
(10th of July to the 19th of July)
This festival offers a fantastic opportunity for music-lovers to enjoy all things jazz and blues. The diversity of this music scene is shown and celebrated throughout a variety of venues which host both local and established musicians. The festival also features a colourful New Orleans Mardi Gras, this open-air event draws in large crowds gathered in unison to watch the parade.
Have an art attack at Edinburgh’s Art Festival:
(25th of July to the 25th of August)
This festival celebrates art in all its forms and flavours. With 50 Exhibitions around the city displaying the works of over 300 artists this event represents the very best of visual art. If the idea of discovering the newest talent side-by-side alongside some of the most prominent works of known artists, then this is one for you.
Take a leap off the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe:
(2nd of August to the 26th of August)
Diversity. Creative Freedom. Inclusivity. Three fundamental philosophies that are echoed throughout the Fringe Fest. It’s fair to say that the fringe offers something for everyone and plenty that can be enjoyed by all. Our capital boasts the title and reputation as the Worlds biggest celebration of the arts and thousands of performers flock to the city to put on a show. The Fringe offers a wave of dance, comedy, theatre, events, opera, music and thought-provoking poetry. The city is never more alive than it is when the Fringe madness kicks in.
Be a citizen of the world at the International Festival:
(2nd of August to the 26th of August)
This is the festival which originally founded the annual calendar of festivals which Edinburgh celebrates. Come to the International Festival to experience the height of artistic expression.
Enrich yourself in Scottish Culture and Pride at the Royal Military Tattoo:
(2nd of August to the 24th of August)
An unmissable world showcase of military performances, which has strong Scottish roots. It is no surprise that the event has been running for 7 Decades as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, as audiences gather in their thousands to Edinburgh Castle to celebrate global traditions, pride, unity and belonging.
Book yourself off from work to attend the International Book Festival:
(10th of August to the 26th of August)
If you relish a good book then you’ll want to attend the largest public celebration of the written word, right? Every August Edinburgh welcomes a 1000 writers to gather with their audiences over a common love of books and stories. This festival is well suited for all ages and welcomes families.
Be immersed in the narrative at the Scottish International Story Telling Festival:
(18th of October to the 31st of October)
This festival was originally inspired by a traditional Scottish ceilidh and how it can bring a sense of unity amongst a crowd of strangers. Now in the present day the festival brings a mixture of Scots and their international counterparts to celebrate the diversity of story telling, in all its mediums. All events seek to engage the audience in in the magic of live story telling and transport the audience between worlds using the art of spoken word.
Enjoy the festive festivities at Edinburgh’s Christmas:
(16th of November to the 4th of January)
Enjoy the festive festivities at the Christmas Market in Edinburgh. Each year Edinburgh pulls out all the stops to create a winter wonderland of ice skating, streets filled with bright lights, street food, amusements and (my personal favourite) mulled wine.
Whatever you get up to in #Edinburgh during your stay in our apartments, make sure to have a fantastic time and don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram.
Furthermore, if you would like any further information on any of the festivals, we have attached a link to each heading.