Festivals

With 12 different festivals offering over 2,500 separate events throughout the year, Edinburgh justifiably deserves its title as the world’s No. 1 Festival City.

A crammed calendar of festival gets off to an impressive start in March with the International Science Festival – the first and still the most visited public event celebrating the fascinating world of science and technology in Europe.

The next major highlight comes in June when the Film Festival rolls out the red carpet to welcome the biggest names in international cinema and showcase the most exciting and innovative new film making talent from around the world.

Festival fever really gets underway in July with the Jazz and Blues Festival, setting the mood for all the summer fun to be enjoyed exploring the myriad of events that now make up the world renowned Edinburgh International Festival – from the International Book Festival to the famous Fringe and stirring Military Tattoo.

A frenetic year of festival activity to appeal to every taste and age group reaches a fitting climax with the city’s Hogmanay celebrations, culminating in 80,000 revellers packing Princes Street on New Year’s eve for the biggest and best street party in the world!