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Festival City

Edinburgh is the world's leading festival city. In 2022, Edinburgh celebrates the 75th anniversary of its world-famous festivals, with a year filled with celebrations and special events. 

The other major festivals (in addition to Edinburgh Science Festival) are listed below.

Visit for news from Edinburgh’s major festivals, plus festival history, information about the city and tips on planning your visit.

Edinburgh International Children's Festival

7–15 May 2022

The Imaginate Festival is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

15–24 July 2022

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival plays host to the finest jazz and blues talent from all corners of the globe. 

Edinburgh Art Festival

28 July–28 August 2022

Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual celebration of visual art, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year.

Edinburgh International Festival

5–29 August 2022

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival presents three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

5–29 August 2022

The world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland’s capital every August with hundreds of shows all over the city.  

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

5–27 August 2022

The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, and a sellout year after year after year. 

Edinburgh International Film Festival

12–20 August 2022

Established in 1947, EIFF is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

13–29 August 2022

The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme offers events featuring the greatest writers and thinkers in the world.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

14–30 October 2022

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 16 day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

30 December 2019 – 1 January 2022

Edinburgh's Hogmanay brings together spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.