Edinburgh Spotlight loves living in ‘Festival City’ and already has all these dates in its calendar – here’s the rundown of 2013′s festivals.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
International Science Festival 23 March – 7 April 2013
The International Science Festival features a host of fun and educational events, lectures and attractions celebrating all things scientific.
Ceilidh Culture 26 April – 6 May 2013
Edinburgh’s traditional arts festival, featuring music, dance, storytelling and more.
Beltane Fire Festival 30 April 2013
Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival and Edinburgh plays host to some colourful and exciting celebrations to mark the date.
Imaginate Festival 6 – 13 May 2013
The Imaginate Festival is Edinburgh’s children’s festival and has loads of plays, activities and fun things to do for youngsters of all ages.
Leith Festival 8 – 16 June 2013
Come and celebrate all things Leith at this festival, featuring music, dance, art and other exciting events.
The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling - 15 – 23 June 2013
The first Edinburgh Festival of Cycling will take place in 2013. Organised by locals, this new Festival will be real showcase for all aspects of bicycle culture and the host city
Edinburgh International Film Festival 19 – 30 June 2013
The Edinburgh Film Festival is an internationally-renowned event on the movie festival circuit and attracts premieres and stars from all over the world.
Edinburgh International Magic Festival 28 June – 5 July 2013
2013 will see Edinburgh host the fourth International Magic Festival with a range of performers show-casing their magical talents.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 19 July – 28 July 2013
Get your gladrags on and party to the sounds of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, a popular event which attracts international talent.
Edinburgh Art Festival 1 August – 1 September 2013
Edinburgh Art Festival celebrates the visual arts in all its diversity, from world-class exhibitions to strikingly original installations.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2 - 26 August 2013
Getting bigger, better and – some may say – weirder every year, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the highlight of many a festival-goer’s calendar.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2 – 24 August 2013
Selling out months in advance, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular event taking place on the Castle Esplanade.
justFestival (formerly Festival of Spirituality and Peace) 2 – 26 August 2013
The Festival of Spirituality and Peace features music, dance, talks and other events highlighting humanitarian issues and causes.
Edinburgh International Festival 9 August – 1 September 2013
The one that started it all, the Edinburgh International Festival is a feast of world-class music, dance and theatrical performances.
Edinburgh International Book Festival 10 - 26 August 2013
This literary event attracts major names in the writing, publishing and political fields to the serene Charlotte Square Gardens setting.
Edinburgh Mela Festival 31 August - 2nd September 2013
Celebrating the cultural diversity of the city, the Mela Festival brings colour and exotic flair to Edinburgh in August.
Scottish Story Telling Festival TBC October 2013
Celebrating the great Scottish oral tradition, the Story Telling Festival showcases the talents of national bards, poets and tale-spinners.
West Port Book Festival TBC November 2013
Organised by locals and volunteers.
Edinburgh’s Christmas TBC – late November – Jan 2014
Edinburgh sparkles at Christmas and features events, attractions and shows for all the family to enjoy during the festival season.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 30 December 2013 – 2 January 2014
End the year with the biggest street party in the world!