January: Burn’s Night
Burn’s Night is an annual celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns. Every year, on the 25th of January we Scots celebrate our favourite bard with a Burns Supper tribute of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties in honour of ol’ Rabbie Burns and “the great chieftain o the puddin’ race”. With whisky, bagpipes and the traditional address to the Haggis, Burn’s Night is the perfect way to close off all the winter festival festivities.
February: Six Nations Rugby
From long-loved poets to poetry in motion, February heralds in the annual clash of the rugby titans. On the 4th of February, the Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh as Scotland take on Ireland. If you are planning on taking in a game while visiting the city, make sure you book your accommodation early to score big.
April: Beltane Fire Festival
As spring gets into full swing, the arrival of the Edinburgh International Science Festival proves that finding great things to do in Edinburgh is not exactly rocket science. The annual Beltane Fire Festival sets all of Edinburgh ablaze in a cacophony of drums and pyrotechnics atop Calton Hill to mark the coming of spring in the Celtic calendar.
June: Edinburgh International Film Festival
In the star-studded month of June, a trip to Edinburgh’s Port for the community-inspired Leith Festival should be everyone’s first port of call. From there, it is off to behold all the glitz and glamour of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. With premiers, screenings, interviews with our favourite actors and a series of classic blockbusters showing in St Andrews Square’s free “Under the stars” cinema, Hollywood is coming to Edinburgh in June.
July: Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival
If June’s Film Festival sounds like music to your ears, just wait until the longest-running jazz festival in the country gets underway. With fabulous performances, free outdoor events and a highly popular Mardi Gras, the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival is sure to hit all the right notes.
August: Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe
When it comes to not-to-miss Edinburgh events in 2017, the hilarity of Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe is no laughing matter. A spin off to the Edinburgh International Festival, which runs at the same time, the Fringe has grown into the largest arts festival in the world. Today the Fringe is more than just another Edinburgh festival – it is a right of passage. Selling well over a million tickets each year, it is the penultimate Edinburgh festival of 2017.
In addition to the many Fringe artists and performers lining the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, August is affectionately dubbed the unofficial month of festivals in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo puts on a spectacular piping display against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. While the Edinburgh International Book Festival leaves nothing to the imagination.
From the largest arts festival in the world to the largest street party in the world, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the perfect way to wrap up Edinburgh events in 2017. Since Christmas wasn’t officially recognised as a holiday in Scotland until 1958, the 3-day Hogmanay Festival has long been the prevailing Scottish Winter Festival and the biggest event in our festive calendar.
So there you have it. What’s on in Edinburgh with our not-to-miss Edinburgh events in 2017. With so many things to do, shows to see and spectacular events in Edinburgh, this year is shaping up to be even better than the last.