No matter what time of year you visit Edinburgh, you’re guaranteed to find a great event or world-class festival to enjoy. Over the summer, the Edinburgh Festivals bring a wave of colour and amplify the cities atmosphere drawing attendees from across the globe. Seven spectacular festivals, fill up the city’s performance venues and event spaces in late June, July, and August hosting some of the world’s most renowned festivals.
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 advice, any large events are subject to cancellation. If you are planning to visit in 2021, please check the event website for the latest information.
What’s on this Summer?
What’s on in Edinburgh this Summer
National Whisky Festival 5th June
The National Whisky Festival of Scotland offers the ideal event for whisky lovers with sessions of unique whisky tastings, incredible live music, and whisky-related crafts, with plenty of delicious and hearty local scran to see you right. Featuring over 30 exhibitors from some of the most exciting names in whisky and with over 100 different whiskies to try. Click here to learn more.
Royal Highland Show 14th -20th June
The Royal Highland Show annually showcases the best food, farming, and rural life. With the latest technology and the best production team in the country, the festival will be streaming a thrilling showcase of LIVE show jumping, sheep shearing, livestock judging, cooking demonstrations, dairy championships, and lots, lots more from our showground in Ingliston. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh Science Festival 26th June – 11th July
This year’s festival will explore the theme One World. In a year that sees us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first draft of the human genome, the 50th year since the invention of email and the floppy disc, the inception of the World food program, and the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s ground-breaking trip into space, we explore how we are all connected… to each other, to Planet Earth and to the wider Universe. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 16th – 25th July
Edinburgh Jazz Festival was set up in 1978 by banjo-player and guitarist, Mike Hart. Mike’s initial focus was on traditional jazz and a host of events taking place for free admission in pubs. By the mid-’80s the Festival had added ticketed events and had broadened its musical policy to encompass swing and mainstream jazz and occasionally some more modern groups. Click here to learn more
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival 16th -17th July
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival is a celebration of craft beer, food, and music. Each year the festival offers you the chance to try over 100 delicious beers from 30 world-class breweries all while enjoying great local food accompanied by headliner music acts spinning the decks, previous festivals saw the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Young Fathers, and Mogwai. Click here to learn more.
Scotland Festival of motoring 18th July
This car show and motorcycle event promises to be exciting and entertaining with a variety of displays including Club Cars/Groups, Modified Cars, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Motorhomes, and much much more. In addition, there will also be Daring Stunts, Demos, along with Activities for Kids, making it the must-go car show and motorcycle event for all the family. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh Art Festival 29th-29th July
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the platform for the visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s August festivals, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums, and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art. Each year, the Festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a special programme of newly commissioned artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 6th – 30th August
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Artists and performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters to everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions, and events. Click here to learn more.
Royal Military Tattoo 6th-28th August
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, and artistic performance teams on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the capital of Scotland. The event is held each August as one of the Edinburgh Festivals. Click here to learn more.
Out East Festival 6th-7th August
This year’s Out East festival is landing in a socially distanced East Lothian this summer, for the carefree the intrepid, and the brave. A glorious blend of music arts & culture well-being incredible food and open-air dancing. Pack your rucksacks it’s time to head OUT EAST. Click here to learn more.
Foodies Festival 6th-8th August
Foodies Festival was born in 2006 in Edinburgh, founder Sue Hitchen’s home city. Sue wanted to start a fun, family festival that celebrated local food & drinks produce. This year we are delighted to be working with our charity partners Musicians Against Homelessness and Crisis. Each three-day event will celebrate live music into the night on the newly launched stage with performances from much-loved headliner Toploader, power pop rock group Dodgy and hugely admired band The Hoosiers. Click here to learn more.
Summer Sessions – 6th-15th August
The star-studded event is expected to return to Scotland’s capital in August with Simple Minds, Michael Kiwanuka, Travis, Tom Jones, and DMA’S already on the line-up. Click here to learn more.
Edinburgh International Festival 7th – 29th August
For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. The International Festival presents a programme featuring the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music, and theatre. Click here to learn more.
International Film Festival
Inaugurated in 1947, the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually running film festival. The Festival has been a champion of emerging British talent throughout its history, presenting world premieres of formative films by Bill Forsyth, Danny Boyle, and Stephen Frears, among many others. Click here to learn more.
International Book Festival 14th – 30th August
It began in 1983 and has since become a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland’s capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997. Since its beginnings, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and popularity. Today it produces and stages over 900 author events, covering a huge range of topics, offering thought-provoking entertainment and inspiration for adults, children, schools, and communities. Click here to learn more.
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