From musical shows and breath-taking festivals to fascinating exhibitions and virtual debates and readings, there is always lots to do in Edinburgh. Browse through our list of events below and plan your weekend, week, or month ahead.
Due to Covid-19, some events and festivals have gone virtual so you can be entertained from the safety and comfort of your own home.
There is light, however, as we are discovering more physical events returning to Edinburgh with new safety measures. Please keep an eye on each of the event’s official websites to get the most up-to-date news and information about purchasing tickets.
What’s on this Spring?
Edinburgh Science Festival
Be wowed by the Edinburgh Science Festival – one of Europe’s largest Science Festivals. This festival delivers a unique mix of innovative and inspiring discussions, performances, exhibitions, and events. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
The Edinburgh Science Festival is a place of fun learning for all ages and even has a programme for primary school education that tours around Scotland. Click here to learn more.
Showcasing the very best traditional music from Scotland and around the world, Edinburgh Tradfest goes digital for 2021. Showcasing a wealth of talented home-grown and international traditional artists, this year’s programme will feature recorded and live-streamed music concerts, folk films, and daily podcasts. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Join Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival for an online weekend of music dedicated to some of the all-time musical greats. The cream of Scottish jazz and blues will pay tribute to their musical heroes in five unmissable gigs, each costing just £10, or you can purchase a Festival Pass and watch all five for just £20 – but be quick – these are only available until 17:00 on Monday 19 April. Click here to learn more.
Witness the spirit of Beltane brought to life in the virtual realm with an evening of poetry, art, and song.
The modern Beltane Fire Festival is inspired by the ancient Gaelic festival of Beltane which began on the evening before 1 May and marked the beginning of summer. Having been resurrected and reinterpreted as a practice in 1988, it has become a central focus for the Edinburgh community, bringing people together to acknowledge and revel in the birth of the summer and the ferility of the land. Click here to learn more.
Pint of Science Festival
While previous festivals have taken place in local pubs/cafes/spaces, 2021’s festival is going online, with nearly 70 free live online shows aired straight to YouTube and a virtual sci-art exhibition.
The grassroots festival involves more than 1000 volunteer researchers and scientists across 40 UK universities and institutions, including Edinburgh, who are excited to share their latest findings with you!
Each night will provide a unique lineup of talks and demonstrations showcasing the latest discoveries from the world of science and an opportunity for you to ask questions and get involved. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
Since the International Children’s Festival began in 1990, it has grown to attract over 10,000 individuals, schools and families. The festival features the world’s very best theatre and dance for young audiences and is sure to excite and inspire young minds.
As usual, the Festival will showcase great theatre and dance created especially for children and young people. However, with Covid restrictions likely to be still in place, the Festival’s 2021 programme will focus primarily on Scottish and UK artists, with a combination of outdoor and digital performances. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge
Since it began in 2003, Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners have raised tens of millions of pounds for charities and great causes. Every penny you can fundraise for a charity of your choice will make a huge difference, especially this year.
With multiple distances to choose from, from 5K to a full marathon, as well as junior events and team relay, you can choose to complete your challenge in one day or over multiple days. Click here to learn more.
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