The Edinburgh Festival season – your biggest questions answered!

What are the dates of Edinburgh Festival?

This one’s simple to answer, both the Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival run throughout the month of August from Friday 5th August to Monday 29th August. 

What should I wear?

Edinburgh is famous for its extremely changeable weather so make sure to take a range of clothes with you. Don’t let the fact that it’s August fool you; rain and wind are quite likely to make an appearance. You’ll also no doubt be in and out of venues often and these can sometimes get quite warm so wearing layers is key. 

Can I do Edinburgh Festival with my family?

Yes, both Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe are very family-friendly with plenty of shows, events and performances suitable for all ages. On the Fringe’s website you can filter by ‘Children’s Shows’ on their listing pages to find the best shows for you and your family.  

Where’s best to eat?

There is a huge choice of places to eat in Edinburgh with a range of cuisines on offer for every budget across the city. The Spoon Café Bistro is in the heart of the action and serves delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. For something a little heartier, Mums on Forest Road offers traditional comfort food that will help to keep your energy up throughout the festival. If you have a sweet-tooth, Mary’s Milk Bar is a must-visit with their ice-cream float hot chocolates and impressive choice of gelato. 

Can I do the Edinburgh Festival for free?

Both the Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival have a number of free shows that often feature up-and-coming acts so they’re a great opportunity to see artists before they’ve made it big. You can also see some great performances for free just by walking the streets of Edinburgh. The Royal Mail and the Mound Precinct are perfect for seeing buskers, bagpipers, circus performances and comedy. 

How old is Edinburgh Festival?

Both the Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have been running for 69 years. The Fringe started when a bunch of theatre companies turned up to the first Edinburgh International Festival and put on impromptu performances in the smaller, alternative venues in the city. The Fringe has now grown to be the largest arts festival in the world. 

Where to watch Edinburgh Festival fireworks?

The last day of the festival sees a spectacular display of fireworks to celebrate the end of the month-long event. The event is ticketed so you’ll need to pre-book if you want to be at the heart of the show at Princes Street Gardens. However, if you miss out on a ticket and still want to take in the show, then make your way to Calton Hill, Bruntsfield Links or Inverleith Park which all offer fabulous views.