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Festival City

Edinburgh is the world's leading festival city. In 2017, Edinburgh celebrated the 70th anniversary of its world-famous festivals, with a year filled with celebrations and special events. In 2018 many of the Festivals celebrated the Year of Young People with brand new engagements. 

The other major festivals (in addition to Edinburgh International Science Festival) are listed below.

Visit for news from Edinburgh’s major festivals, plus festival history, information about the city and tips on planning your visit.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

3 – 25 August 2018

The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, and a sellout year after year after year. 

Edinburgh Art Festival

26 July – 26 August 2018

Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual celebration of visual art, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year.

Edinburgh International Festival

3 – 27 August 2018

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival presents three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

11 – 27 August 2018

The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme offers over 750 events featuring the greatest writers and thinkers in the world.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

3 – 27 August 2018

The world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland’s capital every August with hundreds of shows all over the city.  

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

19 – 31 October 2018

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 10 day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

30 December 2018 – 1 January 2019

Edinburgh's Hogmanay brings together spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.

Imaginate Festival

25 May – 2 June 2019

The Imaginate Festival is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

12 – 21 July 2019

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival plays host to the finest jazz and blues talent from all corners of the globe. 

Edinburgh International Film Festival

19 June – 30 July 2019

Established in 1947, EIFF is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema.