Edinburgh is a stunning city and is by far my favourite in the UK. Between its history, the warmth of the Scottish people, the grand architecture and the ever-increasing creative scene it’s a true rival to London for your UK visit.
Whilst most people know about Edinburgh Fringe Festival there are actually 11 unique festivals that take place throughout the year so, if you are planning a visit to Edinburgh try and time your trip to catch one.
1. Edinburgh International Science Festival
6TH APRIL – 21 APRIL 2019
The annual calendar kicks off with one of the largest Science Festivals in Europe , which has workshops, performances, screenings and exhibitions for all ages. Whether you want to keep the kids entertained, are a technical buff or just want to learn about cutting-edge technologies this two-week event is a great place to do so.
This year they will also be running GastroFest, a foodie festival which focuses on the link between food and science and includes cocktail making classes and some unique dining experiences.
2. Imaginate Festival
26 MAY – 2 JUNE 2019
The great thing about Edinburgh Festivals calendar is it really caters for all ages and interests in the arts. Geared up especially for children and young people this event showcases talent from around the world. Theatre, Dance and Music are all represented so if you have a child with an interest in the arts this is a must do
3. Edinburgh International Film Festival
19 JUNE – 39 JUNE 2019
Celebrating its 70th Birthday in 2017, the Film Festival is famous world round for its impact on filmmaking on a global scale. With some groundbreaking documentaries, short films and unique styles of cinema on offer this is an awesome event to see upcoming talent really taking the stage.
4. Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
12 – 21 JULY 2019
If you have an ear for those smooth sounds of Jazz then grab yourself a ticket to this July event. From rock through to Samba and soul and with many free open air concerts (weather allowing) you can hear both old and respected talent and newcomers at over 150 different gigs throughout the city.
5. Edinburgh Art Festival
August is when the magic really kicks off in Edinburgh with 4 festivals running alongside each other. The Edinburgh Art Festival isn’t just restricted to classics in galleries but takes over the whole city and even some of the country towns beyond.
With modern art in under ground passages, walking tours of installations and some exclusive artist run spaces this gives a brilliant platform for all kinds of art to be presented. When I was walking through the city I was amazed at how much had just been dotted around for anyone to see for free.
6. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
2 – 24 AUGUST 2019
This show blew my mind and if you splurge on one thing during your summer visit, make it this. With an impressive fireworks show, army bands from around the world and a great vibe this outdoors spectacle is set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Take a look at the video below for a few clips.
7. Edinburgh International Festiva l
The International Festival runs alongside the Fringe but many of the shows are ticketed and curated rather than free. This year it featured a star studded lineup including Alan Cummings. Each year the programme varies so check out their website in advance as it is advisable to book this tickets prior to arrival unlike the fringe.
8. Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is likely the one you have heard of. Taking over underground pub basements, theatre venues, the royal mile and pretty much anywhere some one can call a performance space.
Whilst some of these shows are free a donation at the end is always appreciated . The sheer scale and volume of performances that are put on each year allowing new talent to be exposed are what makes this festival so unique. Wherever you are into magic, comedy, interactive theatre or more traditional performances you will find something to enjoy in the big fat guidebook and then just rock up 30 minutes before the show starts.