Edinburgh is the world's festival city!

With a packed programme of events, Edinburgh’s festivals continue to be a unique showcase of Scottish and international talent. The festivals are excited to invite you back for 2022.

However, this is just a taste! If you're wondering what to expect from any of Edinburgh’s world-renowned festivals, or are just desperate to whet your appetite for your next visit, you can check out our pages on these other Edinburgh festivals.

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Get in the groove with our Edinburgh Festivals 2022 Playlist

Discover some of the talented musicians who will be performing in Edinburgh this August.

Make the most of Edinburgh Festivals with these top tips:

  1. Book accommodation in advance
    Keep in mind whether you want a hotel, Airbnb or to consider self-catering in the empty student accommodation in the summer months. Accommodation does book up fast so secure it as soon as possible.
  2. Pack for all weather
    Scotland is a beauty, but even in August, the weather can be unpredictable. You'll be watching shows inside, outside, all kinds of venues, so packing wisely, think layers, comfy shoes and umbrellas, will give you a much more versatile wardrobe to tackle the festivals.
  3. Photograph the flyers
    Flyers are a great way to discover shows you otherwise might not hear about, or wouldn’t have thought to attend. If you don't want to carry lots of flyers (and you do want to help the environment) simply photograph the flyers that interest you.
  4. Make use of the half price hut and free events
    Festival season doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. Between East and West Princes Street Gardens is the Half Price Hut where you can pick up discount same-day and next-day Fringe tickets. Free events occur all day, every day across the city too. Whether it's a street performance or part of the Free Fringe, there are plenty of 'free' shows and performances throughout the festival. Likewise, the Art and Book Festivals offer plenty to enjoy without paying a penny. 
  5. Explore the life around the festival
    Colourful craft fairs showcasing local artists, delicious street food stalls and energetic silent-disco-walking-tours of the city are just a few of the experiences that come as part of festival season in Edinburgh. 

Pick up more top tips for making the most out of the festivals this summer from Edinburgh Festival City.

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