Edinburgh Festivals & The Fringe

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Back for another spectacle in 2024, the Edinburgh Festivals are set to bring a wave of colour and soaring excitement to the city. The Edinburgh International Festival is renowned world-wide and sees thousands of tourists and locals alike come together to enjoy a month of art shows and performances across Scotland’s capital.

Performer on The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Edinburgh Festivals 2023/24 Dates

Performers at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Eight spectacular Edinburgh events proudly serve up the most incredible smorgasbord of culture you could ever imagine, filling the city’s performance venues, event spaces, and now the online world in late June, July and August.

Edinburgh Science Festival – 30 March – 14 April 2024

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival – 12 – 21 July 2024

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – 2 – 24 August 2024

Edinburgh International Festival – 2 – 25 August 2024

Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 2 – 26 August 2024

Edinburgh Art Festival – August 2024

Edinburgh International Book Festival – 10 – 25 August 2024

Edinburgh International Film Festival – August 2024

Artwork sculpture from Christian Newby at the Edinburgh Art Festival© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

What are the Edinburgh Festivals like?

Listen to top class live music when incredible musicians from all over the world roll into town for the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.

There’ll barely be time to catch your breath before Edinburgh Art Festival launches, an unmissable opportunity to see awesome and thought-provoking visual works created by talented Scottish and international artists.

There’s plenty more to get excited about come August. The Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe mean that visitors and locals alike are well and truly spoilt for choice. Choose from the incredible array of music, theatre, comedy, opera, dance, circus, cabaret, musicals, spoken word, exhibitions, children’s shows and physical theatre.

Let’s not forget about the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where you can join author readings, Q&As and talks covering all types of literature.

Edinburgh Festivals Tips

The Hub during the Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub during the Edinburgh International Festival© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

To help you make the most of visiting the festivals we’ve rounded up some handy tips:

Charge your phone (and bring a portable charger if you have one) so that you can check out the online programmes and digital flyers.

Wear comfy shoes – a day at the festivals can mean lots of walking.

Check the weather forecast – Edinburgh often experiences four seasons in one day! Make sure to pack a light rain jacket in case of a sudden downpour.

Bring water.

Start your day early so you can secure the best festival tickets and see the most popular visitor attractions before they get too busy.

Head to the Edinburgh VisitScotland iCentre on the Royal Mile and pick up a map to get your bearings.

Go for a mixture of performances to get a feel for everything that is going on.

Don’t be late for your show – some venues may not allow latecomers in, so be sure to arrive before the listed start time!

Download the Bounce app. Find locations nearby top Edinburgh attractions to drop off your luggage and enjoy exploring with complete peace of mind.

This article first appeared in VisitScotland.com