INFO – Dates for Edinburgh’s 2018 Festivals

Edinburgh Spotlight loves living in ‘Festival City’ and already has all these dates in its 2018 calendar.


International Science Festival  31 March – 15 April 2018
The International Science Festival features a host of fun and educational events, lectures and attractions celebrating all things scientific.

TradFest Edinburgh 26 April – 6 May 2018
Edinburgh’s traditional arts festival, featuring music, dance, storytelling and more.

Beltane Fire Festival 30 April 2018
Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival and Edinburgh plays host to some colourful and exciting celebrations to mark the date.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival 11 May – 19 May 2018
Cutting-edge, magical acts from around the world perform circus, illusion, comedy and theatre.

Hidden Door Festival 25 May – 3 June 2018  
Hidden Door is a non-profit, volunteer run arts festival which brings forgotten and abandoned spaces back to life with art, music, theatre, dance, spoken word, cinema and more

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 26 May – 3 Jun 2018 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.

The Meadows Festival 3rd – 4th June 2018 The Meadows Festival is run by the community for the community and features excellent free music, a range of activities and stalls.

Leith Festival 9 – 17 June 2018
Celebrate all things Leith at this festival, featuring music, dance, art and other exciting events.

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling  7 – 24 June 2018 
The first Edinburgh Festival of Cycling took place in 2013. Organised by locals, this Festival will return for the fifth time in 2017 and will be a real showcase for all aspects of bicycle culture and the host city.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 20 June  – 1 July 2018
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 Jazz and Blues Festival 13 – 23 July 2018 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 26 July – 26 August 2018 
Edinburgh Art Festival celebrates the visual arts in all its diversity, from world-class exhibitions to strikingly original installations.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 3 – 27 August 2018
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 3 – 25 August 2018
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular event taking place on the Castle Esplanade.

Just Festival  3 – 26 August 2018
The Festival of Spirituality and Peace features music, dance, talks and other events highlighting humanitarian issues and causes.

Edinburgh International Festival  3 – 27 August 2018
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 11 – 27 August 2018 
This literary event attracts major names in the writing, publishing and political fields to the serene Charlotte Square Gardens setting.

Edinburgh Mela Festival  Unknown for 2018
Celebrating the cultural diversity of the city, the Mela Festival brings colour and exotic flair to Edinburgh in August.

Scottish Storytelling Festival 19 October – 31 October 2018 
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 2017
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   November 2018 – 4 Jan 2019 (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 2018 – 1 January 2019
End the year with the biggest street party in the world!

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