Many people visit Edinburgh because it is ‘the’ destination for festivals, with visitors and residents spoilt for choice. The festivals listed below are just some of exciting events, which take place throughout the year. For a thorough walk through of all the Edinburgh Festivals, go to the Official Festivals Edinburgh site for up to the minute news, videos and the chance to win terrific prizes.
Edinburgh Art Festival (2 August - 2 September 2012)
A new event celebrating the exciting mix of visual arts across Edinburgh every summer.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe (3 - 27 August 2012)
The mother of all fringes around the globe, open to any artist or performing company who wishes to participate, and in itself the largest arts festival on the planet.
Edinburgh International Book Festival (11 - 27 August 2012)
The biggest annual celebration of the written word in the world.
Edinburgh International Festival (9 August - 2 September 2012)
Widely regarded as the most innovative and exciting festival of the performing arts in the world.
Edinburgh International Science Festival (23 March - 7 April 2013)
The world’s first and Europe’s largest public celebration of science and technology. Scientists share their passion and knowledge.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (20 - 29 July 2012)
Britain's biggest and most vibrant Jazz Festival embracing early ragtime to cutting edge rhythm and blues.
Edinburgh Mela Festival (31 August - 2 September 2012)
Scotland’s largest intercultural festival has been going for over a decade. Events include classical dance, acrobats, craft workshops and Bhangra DJs.
Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (25 - 28 October 2012)
An annual event dedicated to the promotion of adventure through films, lectures and exhibitions.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2 - 25 August 2012)
The military’s contribution to Edinburgh’s international festivals, featuring a unique blend of music, ceremony and theatre, set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Leith Festival (9 - 17 June 2012)
For nine days in June, Leith buzzes as the festival capital of Edinburgh City Region.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival (19 - 28 October 2012)
Brings together artists and audiences from Scotland and beyond in entertaining and inspiring live storytelling performances, talks, workshops and discussions.