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What's on in Edinburgh this August?

By Megan 01 Aug 2019

Well it is officially festival season in Edinburgh and lots going on! Here is a quick guide to help you choose what to do and see…

Festivals and Events

  • Edinburgh Foodies Festival 
    2nd - 4th August
    Head to Inverleith Park to enjoy all things food and drink. The festival will celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder of quality produce to both locals and visitors.
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    2nd - 24th August
    Taking place on the esplanade of Edinburgh’s iconic castle, expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance.
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    2nd - 26th August
    The greatest show on earth with over 3,000 events. WTFringe!?
  • Edinburgh Art Festival
    All month until 25th August
    The UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, which brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events.
  • Edinburgh International Festival
    2nd - 26th August
    A celebrated arts festival, hosting three jam-packed weeks full of theatre, classical music, opera, dance and art.
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
    10th - 26th August 
    Bringing readers and writers together, from every age and interest, for inspiration, entertainment and discussion.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

  • Edinburgh Summer Sessions
    7th– 18th August 
    A series of gigs in Edinburgh this Summer including: Florence + the machine, the Courteeners, Primal Scream, Chvrches, Lewis Capaldi, James and Madness.
  • Forth on the Fringe
    9th - 10th August
    Boogie and Arlene will be there to host all three shows.. so what are you waiting for? Come along and join them for what promises to be the 'must see' shows of this year's Edinburgh Festival!
  • Luna Open-Air Cinema
    30th August - 1st September
    You are invited to come and enjoy three nights of open air cinema under the stars in this uniquely diverse setting.
  • Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 
    26th August
    The biggest finish to Edinburgh’s summer festival season. Closing the month with a celebration of dance music and a sparkling visual extravaganza!

Markets and Fairs

  • Fair and Ethical Trade on the Fringe
    12th - 18th August
    With stalls selling ethical gifts, fair trade gifts and locally sourced gifts, this event offers shoppers a compliment and unique offering during this incredibly busy Edinburgh festival time.
  • Edinburgh Farmers Market
    Every Saturday in August
    Situated on Castle Terrace, it's a great spot for some Saturday strolling.
  • Stockbridge Market
    Every Sunday in August
    If you're looking to stock up for a cosy Sunday dinner, Stockbridge market will definitely have something for all.

Enjoy your August!

Megan is part of the QMU Browzer Team
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