Top cultural things to do in Edinburgh

Dancers a the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Scotland is an artists’ haven with the Edinburgh Art Fair, its largest annual arts show, a top event in the arts calendar. Bringing the finest emerging talent, as well as the established, big name artists to Edinburgh in November.

The internationally famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe that happens every August is the ultimate in immersive culture. The entire city becomes a stage with comedians, actors and performers to entertain you at every turn. 

Other major festivals in Edinburgh in August are the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the UK's largest celebration of visual art, the Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh really is festival city – other dates throughout the year to look out for are Edinburgh International Science Festival (April), Edinburgh International Children's Festival (May), Edinburgh International Film Festival (June) and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (July), Storytelling Festival (October) Edinburgh's Hogmanay (December).

The Edinburgh Festival Theatre has the biggest stage of any theatre in Britain and is the venue for Edinburgh's most well-regarded shows, plays and musicals.

Scottish Ballet is Scotland’s national dance company and it performs new versions of classic ballets and contemporary works to audiences at theatres in Edinburgh. Check listings online.

Get your dancing shoes on at a traditional Scottish ceilidh. Even beginners are encouraged to join in the fun. The Ceilidh Club in Edinburgh is a popular spot.

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