INFO – Dates for Edinburgh’s 2016 Festivals


Edinburgh Spotlight loves living in ‘Festival City’ and already has all these dates in its 2016 calendar.


International Science Festival  26 March – 10 April 2016
The International Science Festival features a host of fun and educational events, lectures and attractions celebrating all things scientific.

TradFest Edinburgh 27 April – 8 May 2016
Edinburgh’s traditional arts festival, featuring music, dance, storytelling and more.

Beltane Fire Festival 30 April 2016
Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival and Edinburgh plays host to some colourful and exciting celebrations to mark the date.

Imaginate Festival 28 May – 5 Jun 2016
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 11 – 19 June 2016
Celebrate all things Leith at this festival, featuring music, dance, art and other exciting events.

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling  11 – 19 June 2016 
The first Edinburgh Festival of Cycling took place in 2013. Organised by locals, this Festival will return for the fourth time in 2016 and will be a real showcase for all aspects of bicycle culture and the host city.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 15 – 26 June 2016
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  1 – 8 July 2016 
Cutting-edge, magical acts from around the world perform circus, illusion, comedy and theatre.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 15 – 24 July 2016 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 29 July – 28 August 2016 
Edinburgh Art Festival celebrates the visual arts in all its diversity, from world-class exhibitions to strikingly original installations.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 5 – 29 August 2016
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 5 – 27 August 2016
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular event taking place on the Castle Esplanade.

Just Festival  August 2016 TBC
The Festival of Spirituality and Peace features music, dance, talks and other events highlighting humanitarian issues and causes.

Edinburgh International Festival  5 – 29 August 2016
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 13 – 29 August 2016 
This literary event attracts major names in the writing, publishing and political fields to the serene Charlotte Square Gardens setting.

Edinburgh Mela Festival  Not applicable for 2016
Celebrating the cultural diversity of the city, the Mela Festival brings colour and exotic flair to Edinburgh in August.

Scottish Storytelling Festival 21 October – 30 October 2016 
Celebrating the great Scottish oral tradition, the Story Telling Festival showcases the talents of national bards, poets and tale-spinners.

Samhuinn Fire Festival  31 October 2016
Samhuinn Fire Festival is a modern re-imagining of an ancient celtic festival marking the end of summer and rise of winter

Edinburgh’s Christmas   20 November 2016 – 4 Jan 2017 (TBC) 
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 2016 – 1 January 2017
End the year with the biggest street party in the world!

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