Your Guide to Edinburgh's Top August Events

By Megan Millisky

Edinburgh in August is a hub of festivals! Each year, huge festivals bring music, cuisine, and culture to the capital city of Scotland. Discover a local dance show, attend a book fair, and taste the best local dishes at food festivals. Read on to discover the best ways to explore Edinburgh in August.

1. Edinburgh International Festival

One of the most popular cultural festivals in Edinburgh lasts from August 7-31. Venues city-wide host dance shows, operas, and plays. Experience beloved theatre and music from around the world!

Address: Locations throughout Edinburgh

2. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Experience this showcase dating back to the 1940s! To see military routines in the Scottish tradition, check out shows at historic Edinburgh Castle. Evening performances take place August 7-29.

Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

3. Fringe Festival

Fringe Festival brings the funniest comedians to Scotland! Over 30 performers will be entertaining at shows throughout Edinburgh. Check out a nearby venue from August 6-30.

Address: 50 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE, United Kingdom

4. Edinburgh International Book Festival

August 15-31, gather to celebrate literature! Each year the Edinburgh International Book Festival feature book launches, author Q&As, and events for all ages. Over 900 authors gather for over 800 events each year!

Address: Charlotte Square Gardens Edinburgh UK

5. Foodies Festival

Taste everything from bread to chili to wine and to classic Scottish dishes! August 7-9, watch Celebrity MasterChef Winners do live cooking demonstrations, meet artisan bakers, or check out the Kids Zone. You’ll learn new recipes and try unforgettable cuisine!

Address: Inverleith Park, Arboretum Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ

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