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.
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.
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!
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!