Caledonian Sleeper’s Guide to Festival Season in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh’s festival season is almost upon us and with it the city welcomes thousands of visitors to enjoy an array of weird and wonderful events which feature music, literature, food & drink and comedy.

Helping Londoners make the most of the season, which takes place from the middle of July,  Caledonian Sleeper offers its guide to the best of the fest so visitors can take in everything the city has to offer. .

Board in London Euston and awake refreshed the next morning in the Scottish capital ready to start your festival adventure.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, 14 – 23 July

Taking place over ten days, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival hosts the finest talent from across the world.

From samba and swing to blues-rock and soul, there’s something to suit every mood and musical taste. And with events taking place in some of the city’s greatest venues, such as the medieval Grassmarket and West Princes Street Gardens at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, visitors can take in sights of the city as they go along. 

Edinburgh Art Festival, 27 July – 27 August

Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art.  Attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, the festival is hosted in the capital’s leading galleries and museums as well as boutique spaces to showcase both established and emerging artists.

With many events free to attend, visitors can enjoy a series of performances, screenings and guided tours in addition to 40 exhibitions featuring contemporary art and works from historical periods.  This year the event also includes an immersive sonic light sculpture, a series of after hour ‘Art Late’ events, and an ‘a-z’ exhibition of the city’s hidden gems. 

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 4 – 26 August

An iconic event which sells out year after year, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo boasts performances from military bands and cultural troupes against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

This year’s event embraces a colourful theme, ‘Splash of Tartan’, while playing host to an array of performers from across the world. The 220,000 annual visitors can expect demonstrations from Scotland’s global family both near and far. 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 4 – 28 August

Edinburgh Festival Fringe transforms the city into a stage of theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, music and physical theatre.  A magnet for creative producers, the event draws both the biggest names in the world of entertainment and unknown artists keen to launch their careers. Look out for the range of free events which take place throughout the month both day and night.

Performances with a twist this year include a child-friendly puppet show of illuminated characters and an interactive dance and theatre experience called Party Game. 

Edinburgh International Book Festival, 12 – 28 August

Offering over 800 events featuring the greatest writers, the Edinburgh International Book Festival gathers audiences and authors to enjoy the world of literature.  Hosted in Charlotte Square Gardens in the centre of the city, author events, workshops debates and book signings provide visitors with the chance to meet their favourite writers and hear about their latest work. There is also plenty for children to enjoy including readings which will make imaginations run wild. 

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