And the Lothians is no exception, with Highland games, local customs and unique festivals taking place throughout the year.
Find out what's on in Edinburgh & The Lothians and peruse our events listings below. Although the festivals run all year-round, the summer months - and August in particular - are when festival fever reaches its height.
Festival season officially kicks off with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 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.
The Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art and attracts over 250,000 art lovers to the capital’s internationally renowned galleries, museums and artist-run spaces. Admire in specially commissioned public artworks created by both established and emerging artists and enjoy and take your pick from an innovative programme of events including late openings, live music, film screening, guided tours and family-friendly events.
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's Facebook page to help you choose what you'd like to see at the EIF?
The Edinburgh Festiva