Edinburgh Events & Festivals

Listings of all the festival events taking place in Edinburgh throughout the year. 

Edinburgh Art Festival

The Edinburgh Art Festival is Scotland’s largest visual arts festival,which includes various events and exhibitions throughout the city.

Festival of the Erotic Arts

A sex-positive celebration of the multi-disciplinary Erotic Arts in Edinburgh its second year. A new festival for Scotland, specialising in all things naughty and arty.

Scottish Bird Fair

The Scottish Birdfair has something for everyone – from the most dedicated birders, to garden birdwatchers and those with a more general interest in wildlife.

Arran Folk Festival

The 20th Arran Folk Festival will be held  on the Isle of Arran, in Scotland.

Dundee WestFest

A Community arts festival held in the west end of Dundee,Dundee WestFest features various interesting programs like live music and entertainment, kids' activities, food stalls, literary events, music, dance, theatre, art and film.

Borders Book Festival

The Borders Book Festival to be held in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, will bring together many eminent literary figures, this year including Iain Banks, Kathy Lette, Hilary Mantel and Ian Rankin among others.

Leith Festival

A popular community arts festival featuring artists and performers mostly from Leith. Around 150 events hosted by around 50 venues within a one-mile radius in Edinburgh's port community.

Peebles Beltane Festival

15th century festival that continues to be celebrated in Peebles today with Beltane Queen, Local Ridings etc

Refugee Week Scotland

This week long festival of arts, cultural and educational events celebrated in various UK venues celebrates contributions refugees have made to the UK. Refugee Week Scotland conveys the message on why people seek sanctuary.

Forfar Gala Week

Forfar Gala Week that extends from Sunday 17 June to Sunday 24 June in various venues in and around Forfar ensures wholesome fun for the family. The event culminates with the gala at the Myre on the afternoon of Sunday 24 June.

The Royal Highland Show

The biggest event in the agricultural calendar with an array of unique Scottish produce to buy.

Edinburgh Charity Night Ride

To be held in Edinburgh, this charity night ride will take a 50 mile route around the streets of the city passing the Royal Mile, the Castle, the Scott Monument, Arthur's Seat, the Royal Observatory, the Scottish Parliament and finally Holyrood Palace.

Glasgow International Jazz Festival

One of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe, The Glasgow International Jazz Festival celebrates all genres of jazz from around the world.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival brings up the old world charm of live magic shows and stage events that are fast disappearing.The viewers get a rare chance to rediscover the seldom experienced states of wonder and surprise.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Now in its 36th year, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival offers a host of concerts, club gigs, jam sessions, street parties and events.

Foodies at the Festival

Foodies at the Festival is one of the main food events during the Edinburgh festival season, serving up popular food and drink master classes. Cooking and baking classes,cookery demonstrations by top Scottish chefs.

hot food stalls and cuisine from around the world will draw the food lovers from all over the country.

Edinburgh Arts Festival

Edinburgh arts festival that runs independently of but at the same time as the other Edinburgh festivals

Edinburgh Mela

Though it is a festival with South Asian roots, it’s a truly international celebration of cultures. World music, dance, fashion, food and fun spread over four areas of the Main Music Stage, the Mela World Dance Feste (newly established in 2012), the Mela Mix stage and the Mela Kidzone.

The Mela Global Food Village caters to your taste buds  after taking in all the sights and sounds.

Cumnock Music Festival

2013 marks ten years of this local multi-arts festival. Mixing music, art, comedy, poetry and a popular carnival, the bill includes Les Mc Ewan's Legendary Bay City Rollers, Talon: The Best of the Eagles, Phil Collins and Koda.

The Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival

The largest of its kind in Scotland with an extensive programme of performances, seminars and competitions, as well as a trade exhibition. The Performances will feature an international line-up of artists including Jan Akkerman, Peter Finger, John Doan, Anth Purdy and The Maria Camahort Quintet.