Edinburgh | What's on

What's on

Edinburgh is known for some pretty special events, and each event alone is a reason to come to town. Here we give the lowdown on what’s happening through the year – from the hotly anticipated rugby, footy and golf to the festivals celebrating film, art and jazz to the world-famous Hogmanay, Fringe and Military Tattoo.

Events and festivals

From April until December, the ‘Festival City’ throngs with art, music, literature, science, dance, theatre, comedy, colour and creativity from around the world. But with so much stuff going on, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve summarised the main events to help you with your planning.

Near Edinburgh

Take a trip outside of Edinburgh and you’ll find romantic ruins, great golf courses, picture postcard coastal villages, colossal castles and a world of wildlife.

Here’s our guide to the best sights and attractions within easy reach of Edinburgh.

The Fringe

Every August, Edinburgh comes alive with art, music, theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance and pipes – along with a palpable hum and buzz – as thousands of performers descend on the city for the famous Edinburgh Fringe. It's an opportunity to see acts and enjoy a friendly carnival atmosphere, in the world’s biggest arts festival.


When it comes to sport, Edinburgh has some prestigious associations: it’s home to the national rugby union team and a top flight football club. Plus, it’s expansive green spaces have helped establish the city as a top golfing destination.


Looking for a hotel in Edinburgh?

Whether it's the city centre, next to Edinburgh Castle, or Princes Street, or on the outskirts of town, we have the right hotel for you. Flying in for a business trip and we've hotels next to Edinburgh Airport. And if you're looking for a family-friendly hotel for a weekend break we have those aswell.