Edinburgh Summer Festivals

Edinburgh summer festivals to see

Edinburgh summer festivals to see

The European summer is here, and nothing beats enjoying the hot, sunny days at one of the amazing summer festivals that lights up Edinburgh at this time of year. These fantastic festivals take place all over the city, whether on the street, in churches, theatres, concert halls or parks and attract visitors from across Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world.

Edinburgh has so much to offer with its historic charm and array of all year-round attractions. Whatever you enjoy you will find it in Edinburgh and visiting during the summer will allow you to experience one or these world-famous festivals:

Jazz and Blues Festival

Since 1978, the Jazz and Blues Festival has brought high quality musicians from around the world to Edinburgh. The shows are held in various locations throughout the city from July 12 to July 21.

Edinburgh Art Festival

This festival, which runs from July 25 to August 25 and features exhibitions in the city’s main galleries and museums. The exhibits are almost always free, and sculptures can also be seen in public spaces around the city.

Fringe Festival

With many street performances, the world’s largest performing arts festival, with theatre, comedy, dance and music for adults and children takes place from August 2 to August 26.

Edinburgh summer festivals

Tickets vary in price, but some have discounted rates or are often free. The Fringe promotes free shows in bars and restaurants, with the request for a voluntary donation at the end, making this festival accessible to so many people.

Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival takes place at the same time as the Fringe Festival from August 2 to August 26 and brings together classical music, theatre, dance and opera.

The festival finishes on a high with a spectacular firework show at Edinburgh Castle, accompanied by a Scottish chamber orchestra show.

Tickets usually run out in a few days so book as early as possible.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This is one of the biggest shows in the UK, with military bands from other countries joining the Scottish military band in a spectacular show, which brilliantly showcases Scottish culture, traditional dance and the famous bagpipes. This festival runs from August 2 to August 24.

Edinburgh summer festivals

Edinburgh International Book Festival

In 2004, Edinburgh received the title of the City of Literature from Unesco. The Edinburgh International Book Festival celebrates this love of literature and takes place from August 10 to August 26. With more than 750 events and some of the most famous authors in the world, this festival is considered the largest festival of its kind in the world.

The best way to experience these festivals and learn English at the same time is to study at Basil Paterson.  The school offers a wide range of English language courses for adults, including their unique festival course, which runs for two weeks per year and includes a colourful social programme including events in The Edinburgh summer festivals programme.

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