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Crowds go wild at the Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
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Brightly dressed performers take part in the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the city's Princes Street © Kenny Lam
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  • The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square
    The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square
  • Children conducting an experiment at the Edinburgh Science Festival.
    Edinburgh Science Festival © Kenny Lam
  • A gold painted living statue on the Royal Mile during the Festival
    A Fringe performer on the Royal Mile
  • The Mardi Gras Carnival at the opening of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the Grassmarket
    The Mardi Gras Carnival, the Grassmarket © Kenny Lam
  • The E4 Udderbelly, a Festival Fringe venue in Bristo Square
    The E4 Udderbelly, Bristo Square

Edinburgh is a hive of cultural activity, and nowhere is this better seen than in the city's festivals. With performing arts, music, drama, exhibitions, films, comedy and talks, the outpouring of creativity during Edinburgh’s festivals is second to none. With everything from Highland games to fascinating local events, there is lots going on across the Lothians too.

Find out what's on in Edinburgh & The Lothians all year round by using the events listings below. Although the festivals run all year round, the summer months - and August in particular - are when festival fever reaches its height.

August festivals

The Edinburgh International Festival, founded in 1947, is the official centrepiece of Edinburgh’s festivals. Running for four weeks, this performing arts festival has world-class displays of theatre, dance and music. The Festival ends with a spectacular firework display at Edinburgh Castle.

Why not play the Suggest My Fest app via the Festival Facebook page to help you choose what you'd like to see at the EIF?

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs alongside the International Festival. The Fringe is the world’s largest art festival, with over 2,500 different shows last year. The Fringe has strong ties with comedy and drama, as well as featuring more unusual acts such as puppetry and circus performers. For those who want their money to go a little further, there are also hundreds of Free Fringe events.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is another August must-see. Almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers from around the globe perform on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. For a fantastic multicultural flavour, don't miss the Edinburgh Mela which celebrates the city’s diversity with music, dance, exhibitions and more.

Another August festival is the Edinburgh International Book Festival, staged in the elegant surroundings of the city centre's Charlotte Square. The event regularly attracts a world-class selection of authors, with previous appearances from Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling and Ian Rankin amongst many others. With around 700 events each year, including free evening events, you’re sure to find the right genre to suit your literary tastes.

Opening with a Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket, July's Jazz and Blues Festival is a high-energy festival with two weeks of vibrant music in venues across the city.

If you are going to the festivals this summer, why not download our FREE Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide for all the hints, tips and highlights you need this July and August?

Film, science and storytelling

There are also festivals spread throughout the year. The Edinburgh International Film Festival is held in June, and shows a vast range of new films from around the world. With its glitzy premieres and cutting-edge independent films, the Film Festival brings a touch of Hollywood glamour to Edinburgh.

The two-week Edinburgh International Science Festival is held at the end of March. With interactive experiments, talks and much more for all ages, you can discover more about the mysteries of our world.

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October is Scotland's annual celebration of traditional and contemporary storytelling. The festival brings together artists and audiences in entertaining and inspiring live storytelling performances, thought-provoking talks, workshops and discussions and fun family activities.

East Lothian festivals

In the summer, the Lothians boasts festivals such as Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick and the British Pipe Band Championships in Bathgate. Over the autumn and winter months, the Lothians host festivals including the Lennoxlove Book Festival and the Lammermuir Festival. You'll find Highland games, local fairs and festivals throughout towns and villages.

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  1. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Emma Packer's one-woman show about a young girl who refuses to conform in this controlling world.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2014 to 25 Aug 2014
  2. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The South African Reverend discusses her ideas for achieving peace in the world.

    Dates

    21 Aug 2014
  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Folk music and storytelling from Kiya Heartwood.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  4. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    With the fresh vitality they brought to the folk scene as whippersnappers, Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley are still one of the hottest, most assured duos on the international traditional music scene.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2014
  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Catriona McKay and Chris Stout.

    Dates

    18 Aug 2014
  6. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    An hour of stand-up where some of it will be made up on the spot.

    Dates

    10 Aug 2014 to 21 Aug 2014
  7. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    An interactive video game that sees the audience trapped in a dark room.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Weird and wonderful musical comedy from Mr B.

    Dates

    12 Aug 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Character comedy from Paul Sneddon taking an unflinching look at the beautiful game.

    Dates

    11 Aug 2014 to 19 Aug 2014
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The comedian ponders why we live in a state of data overload.

    Dates

    22 Aug 2014
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