The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
4th-26th August 2023. An annual event in Edinburgh that celebrates entertainment, music, ceremony, theatre and dance. A truly unforgettable experience.
Edinburgh International Festival
4th-27th August 2023. The Edinburgh International Festival brings audiences and artists together from all over the world, 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. Every year, the International Festival present a programme featuring finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
4th-27th August 2023. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a large celebration of arts and culture, each August for three weeks, Edinburgh welcomes thousands of performers and entertainers from around the globe. With performances available in over 300 local venues every night, be sure to catch a show if you are planning a visit in August.
31st December. Bring in the bells at one of the world’s largest outdoor parties, with live music, DJ’s, street entertainment and the ultimate fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle. Each Hogmanay, locals and visitors come together on Princes Street to bring in the New Year.
Edinburgh Christmas Markets
November - December. Commencing in mid-November each year, the Edinburgh Christmas markets offer a range of festive entertainment in the heart of the city. With fun for the family, you will find a range of rides throughout the markets, an ice rink and a wide range of food and gift stalls.
February - March. The Six Nations championship takes place between February and March each year, with rugby teams from Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, France and Italy, competing to win the title. Each year sees at least two home matches for Scotland at BT Murrayfield, these are generally on a Saturday in February or March, however dates can change each year.
28th May 2023. The UK’s second largest marathon, behind only London. Edinburgh Marathon Festival takes place every year on the last Saturday & Sunday of May, dates may vary each year.
The Royal Highland Show
22nd-25th June 2023. The Royal Highland Show is held at the Royal Highland Centre. The Royal Highland show is one of Scotland’s most iconic events showcasing the very best of farming and rural life.
Leith Festival occurs each year in June. The festival is a community-based festival featuring and showcasing local arts. The Edinburgh short film festival and Leith Jazz and blues festival run alongside Leith Festival each year.
Edinburgh Whisky festival
10th June 2023. Sample the best home-grown whiskies from Scotland, as well as all corners of the globe. The Edinburgh Whisky Festival attracts the finest distillers from as far afield as India, Japan, the USA and even England!
The Gin to my Tonic Show
Winner of Best Gin Event, The Gin To My Tonic Show: The Ultimate Gin Festival returns to in Edinburgh on 9th-10th June 2023, which also happens to be World Gin Day weekend!
Edinburgh Cocktail Week
6th-15th October 2023. Enjoy £5 cocktails over 100 of Edinburgh’s finest cocktail bars and the flagship Cocktail Village.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
12th-28th August 2023. The largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Every August around 700 writers and thinkers from across the planet are brought together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.
Edinburgh Farmers’ Market – Saturdays 9am-2pm
Stockbridge Market – Sundays 10am-4pm
Greater Grassmarket Market – Saturdays 10am-5pm
Leith Market – Saturdays 10am-4pm
Edinburgh Castle Concerts
Every Summer, Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade is transformed into a unique concert venue, featuring the stunning backdrop of the castle. Artists who have used the stunning backdrop of the castle include, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Runrig, Simply Red, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Deacon Blue, Arcade Fire, Westlife, Olly Murs, The Proclaimers, Bryan Ferry and Boyzone.