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Visiting Edinburgh

Your Festival Guide

Everything you need to know for your visit to the Festival City

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital and the world’s Festival City. With its incredible history and outstanding beauty, Edinburgh is a constant source of inspiration for what we do at the International Festival.

During August, when the International Festival is joined by five other official festivals, the population more than doubles as it plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors and performers from all over the world.

“For the three weeks of the Festival, Edinburgh will be wholly given up to Festival affairs - she will surrender herself to the visitors, and hopes that they will find in all the performances a sense of peace and inspiration with which to refresh their souls and reaffirm their belief in things other than the material.”

Sir John Falconer, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 1947

The Festival City

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Edinburgh is known throughout the world as the Festival City. 

There is much more than just one 'Edinburgh Festival' making up the Festival City. In August alone, there are six different festivals running at the same time, including the International Festival. 

Visitors come to Edinburgh every year to experience the many different festivals which all present a diverse variety of artists and events throughout the year.

Edinburgh Festival City The umbrella website for all of the city's official festivals. Find competitions, news, video and sign up for emails to keep your finger on the Festival City's pulse.

Edinburgh's Festivals

Edinburgh International Festival 
2-26 August 2019  
+44 (0)131 473 2000 (this website) 

Edinburgh International Science Festival    
6-21 April 2019
+44 (0)131 553 0320

Edinburgh International Children's Festival    
25 May - 1 June 2019
+44 (0)131 225 8050

Edinburgh International Film Festival
19-30 June 2019
+44 (0)131 228 4051

Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 
12-21 July 2019
+44 (0)131 467 5200

Edinburgh Art Festival
25 July - 25 August 2019  
+44 (0)131 226 6558

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
2-24 August 2019
+44 (0)131 225 1188

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2-26 August 2019
Admin: +44 (0)131 226 0026 
Box office: +44 (0)131 226 0000 (from June)

Edinburgh International Book Festival
10-26 August 2019  
+44 (0)131 718 5666

Scottish International Storytelling Festival   
18 - 31 October 2019
+44 (0)131 556 9579

Edinburgh's Hogmanay   
30 December 2019 - 1 January 2020    
+44 (0)844 573 8455

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