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Festivals - what Edinburgh does best. The Edinburgh Festival is a generic term used to describe the cultural explosion which takes place in the city in August each year. It is in fact made up of a variety of festivals and events including the International Festival, The Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Jazz Festival and Edinburgh Mela.

Later in the year, the city comes alive during the winter festivals which feature the month-long Edinburgh's Christmas and culminates with the world famous Hogmanay celebrations.

Spring time sees Ceilidh Culture, the Science Festival and the Edinburgh Film Festival providing the entertainment while the Children's Festival starts the summer with playful exuberance.

As home to the most vibrant calendar of international festivals and events, you can be sure that there's always something to tempt you during a stay in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Hogmanay

Edinburgh Hogmanay - Hogmanay is the largest New Year event in the world with four days of celebrations culminating with a massive New Year's Eve street party.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival, founded in 1989, is an educational charity that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the wonder of the world around them. It is the first science festival and Europe�s largest.

Imaginate Festival

The Imaginate Festival is the UK's largest performing arts festival for children and young people. The annual Festival presents some of the most exciting performances from around the world at venues in and around Edinburgh and on tour in Scotland.

The Edge Festival

The Edge Festival replaced T on the Fringe in Edinburgh. A dedicated popular music programme at the Edinburgh Festival, and takes place across various venues ranging from 250 - 2800 in capacity, from the 1st until 31st August

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is officially the biggest arts festival in the world, taking place for three weeks in August each year in Scotland's capital city.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, An inspiring literary festival, the world's largest public celebration of the written word, right in the heart of Edinburgh: hundreds of author events, debates and workshops packed into 17 extraordinary days each August.

The Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival, Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is an annual fortnight of cinema screenings and related events taking place each June. Established in 1947, it is the world's oldest continually running film festival.

The Edinburgh International Television Festival

The Edinburgh International Television Festival, founded in 1976, is held annually over the British August bank holiday weekend at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival,For ten days every summer, the sounds of the Jazz & Blues Festival resonate through the parks, churches, clubs, bars, concert halls and streets of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Mela

The Edinburgh Mela - The Edinburgh Mela was founded in 1995 by members of the city's minority ethnic communities.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Set against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this 90 minute performance is a unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre. Over 1,000 military and civilian performers gather for a breathtaking spectacle of music, history, dance and colour.