Edinburgh is an amazing city and my favorite city in Britain so far. Between its history, the enthusiasm of the Scottish people, the magnificent architecture and the growing creative scene, it is the place that can really compare with London in the UK trip.
Although most people know the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there are actually 11 unique festivals throughout the year, so if you plan to travel to Edinburgh, try to arrange your trip to catch up with one of them.
1. Edinburgh International Science Festival
April 1 – April 16, 2023
The annual Science Festival kicked off with one of the largest science festivals in Europe. It has seminars, performances, screenings and exhibitions suitable for all ages. Whether you want to make children happy, or technology lovers, or just want to learn about cutting-edge technology, this two-week activity is a good place.
This year, they will also hold GastroFest, a food festival focusing on the connection between food and science, including cocktail making courses and some unique dining experiences.
2. Edinburgh International Children’s Day
May 27-June 4, 2023
The biggest feature of Edinburgh International Children’s Day is that it really meets all ages and interests in art. In particular, the activities prepared for children and young people show talents from all over the world. Drama, dance and music are all representative, so if you have a child who is interested in art, this is a must.
3. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
July 14-23, 2023
If you are interested in the smooth sound of jazz, you should hurry to buy tickets to participate in this July event. From rock music to samba and soul music, there are many free outdoor concerts (weather permitting). You can hear old and respected talents and newcomers in more than 150 different performances throughout the city.
4. Edinburgh Art Festival
July 27th to August 27th, 2023
August is the beginning of the Edinburgh Art Festival. The four art festivals are held at the same time. The Edinburgh Art Festival is not only limited to the classic works in the gallery, but also covers the whole city, even some rural towns.
The modern art in the underground passage, the devices for walking and visiting, and the space operated by some exclusive artists provide a brilliant platform for the display of various arts. When I walked through the city, I was surprised at how many things were dotted around for anyone to watch for free.
5. Edinburgh Fringe Festival
August 4-28, 2023
Edinburgh Fringe Festival may be the festival you have heard of. It occupies the basement of the underground tavern, the theater site, the Royal Mile and almost all the places that can be called performance space.
Although some performances are free, the donation at the end of the performance is always appreciated. The scale and number of performances each year expose new talents, which makes this festival so unique. Whether you like magic, comedy, interactive drama or more traditional performances, you will find something suitable for you in the guide of Big Fat Man, and then be present 30 minutes before the performance begins.