Things to Do in Edinburgh During the Summer Festivals

It’s the summer season and that can only mean one thing, there’ll be plenty of festivals throughout the summer months. This will be anything from books to music, with plenty to keep you entertained and fully occupied. Many are family friendly, so you needn’t go alone, you can take everyone else along too. If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh during the summer festivals, then we hope our list below gives you plenty of fresh ideas.

Edinburgh Art Festival

The Edinburgh Art Festival has a great history and is now one of the UK’s largest festivals. It’s full of galleries, artist’s spaces and museums, with new art from emerging artists. Most of the festival is free of charge, so if you love art then you’ll love this festival.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This year will be very special for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo because it coincides with the Queen’s 90th birthday so there’ll be plenty of celebrations. With the stunning backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle, it promises to be quite an event, so if you fancy it then visit the castle during 5th to the 27th August. 

Edinburgh International Festival

At the International Festival you’ll be treated to a series of different performances from a variety of different genre such as opera, theatre, music and dance. So there really is something for everyone. 

Fringe Festival

At the Fringe Festival there’s three weeks in August allocated to one of the largest arts festivals in the world. There’ll be unknown artists as well as better known ones. There’s everything from comedy, dance and theatre, to circus, cabaret, opera, and musicals. The Fringe has a long and illustrious history and has gone on from strength to strength ever since.

International Book Festival

If you love books, then this wonderful book festival should be just down your street There are over 700 events, as well as at least 30 Meet the Author events so there’s something for everyone, it runs from 13th to the 29th August. 

We hope you found our list of things to do in Edinburgh during the summer festivals of use. It’s a great opportunity to go out and about with the children rather than staying stuck indoors. There’s everything from music and books, to dance and theatre, so do go along and try one or two of them. The summer months won’t be with us long so do make the most of the long days and nights.