August is Edinburgh’s festival month! Every year at this time, Edinburgh is home to what many view as the world’s most exciting arts festival: the Edinburgh International Festival. The Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival are only three of many other major events also taking place this month, contributing to the buzzing atmosphere which is so characteristic for Edinburgh in August. With shows and events being staged around the clock, sleep is not a priority for many festival goers. Here are our suggestions of what to do with all those waking hours in Edinburgh this year:
On the 1st of August the Edinburgh Art Festival kicks off. Expect to experience the best contemporary Scottish artists in the context of exhibitions of the most important International artists and movements of the 20th Century and historical periods. The festival ends on the 1st of September.
From the 2nd till the 24th the Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place. Against the world famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle the 2013 Tattoo will feature awe-inspiring variety from the four corners of the globe.
On August 9, 10 and 11 you can sample the best Edinburgh has to offer whilst enjoying the greenery and amazing views of the city in Inverleith park during the Foodies Festival. As Edinburgh is the second most culinairy city in the UK when it comes to top restaurants, a gourmet food festival should be a real treat.
The famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place from the 2nd till the 26th of August. Thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.
Take a break from busy, buzzing Edinburgh and jump on a train to North Berwick to see Fringe by The Sea between the 5th and the 11th of August. The journey from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station takes little more than half an hour and transports you to the beautiful East Lothian seaside. Now in its 6th year, this festival offers 70 events spread over 8 days at 6 venues.
Edinburgh International Festival, from the 9th of August till the 1st of September will include opera, dance, talks and theatre.
From the 10th till the 26th of August you can celebrate Edinburgh as one of the most literary cities in the world during the Edinburgh International Book Festival. While tickets for individual events need to be booked, entry to the Gardens is free – it’s the perfect spot to take a break from a busy day in the city centre, browse a bookshop and enjoy a cup of coffee.