Edinburgh's Festivals

Edinburgh is the world's Festival City

Edinburgh is the place where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. This welcoming, inspiring and open-minded atmosphere is heightened by the stunning beauty of this breathtaking city. With major festivals throughout the year, there’s an endless array of events, performances and spectacles to enjoy.

For more information on all of Edinburgh's Festivals, news, event listings and ticket offers:


Edinburgh International Children's Festival
The world's best theatre for children and young people with a broad range of shows which captivate, entertain and inspire.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The world's largest arts festival with over 32,000 performances and more than 2,000 shows packed into 250 venues across the city. The fringe is open to all: anyone can perform and everyone does - from students to superstars.

Edinburgh International Film Festival
A mix of red carpet glamour, innovative and exciting cinematic discoveries and massive audience appeal makes this one of the world's most popular film festivals.

Edinburgh International Festival
The world-renowned Festival brings the very best in classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art from across the globe to Edinburgh for three exhilarating weeks.

Edinburgh Art Festival
The city's galleries, museums and visual art spaces present the most exciting and intriguing of the modern and contemporary visual arts world. See prize winners, agent provocateurs, world premiers, old masters and the next big thing.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
Spanning the earliest jazz forms to thriving contemporary creativity of today, this highlight of the jazz calendar features a line-up of international stars and the best of Scottish jazz and blues.

Edinburgh Science Festival
The world's first science festival: a public celebration of all the wonders, inventions and innovations in the world of science and technology.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
A tremendous outdoor spectacle, the Tattoo presents a host of international performers, military and civilian, set against the incredible backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Scotland's vibrant and enduring annual celebration of traditional and contemporary storytelling from home and across the world.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay
The world's best New Year Party. Four incredible days of exciting cultural highlights and celebratory events: theatre, music, dance and street extravaganzas, attracting massive crowds from across the globe.