Things to do this Easter Weekend in Edinburgh

Easter weekend in Edinburgh 2023

Now that the festive season is over, our thoughts turn to the next holiday in the calendar. Easter falls on Friday 7th to Monday 10th April this year. So, let’s take a look at what’s on this Easter weekend in Edinburgh to keep us all entertained.


The Edinburgh Science Festival is on throughout the Easter holidays, but it’s not just for kids and families. There are many science-themed events for grown-ups too, including discussions, debates, workshops, screenings and nights out. This year’s festival programme will be released soon with the theme “Let’s experiment”.

Harp players and music lovers will gather at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival to celebrate all things harp, with concerts, workshops and courses at George Watson’s College. This is the UK’s premier harping event and has been taking place in Edinburgh for over forty years!

Edinburgh Castle in spring surrounded by cherry blossom and blue skies


From your accommodation at Parliament House Hotel, head just round the corner to Edinburgh Playhouse for a delicious performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This fantastical musical, based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, is on until 15th April.

Also on Easter weekend, there’s the amazing tribute concert Meatloaf by Candlelight at the Assembly Rooms (7th April), Tommy Blaize & NYJO present The Music of Ray Charles at the Usher Hall (7th April) and the world premiere stage adaption of Wish You Were Dead (until 8th April) at the Festival Theatre.

Audience at a theatre show


If you’re in need of a good laugh this bank holiday weekend, there are several comedy shows to choose from. Including the mixed-bill Friday Show and Saturday Show at The Stand. While Monkey Barrel Comedy showcases a line-up of rising stars in The BIG SHOW on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Comedy Show neon sign on the wall

Exhibitions and Events

There are always lots of special displays and exhibitions on in Edinburgh’s galleries and museums. Popular ones for the bank holiday weekend include Dr Who Worlds of Wonder at the National Museum of Scotland and Conserving Scotland’s Art at the Scottish National Gallery.

Woman taking photos in an art gallery

In addition to these great shows and festivals, make sure you take some time to soak up our beautiful city in full bloom. Get outdoors and take in the sights on a spring day in Edinburgh. And if you’re looking for stylish accommodation right in the heart of the city, book a room at Parliament House Hotel and enjoy Easter weekend 2023 in Edinburgh with us! You can also sign up to our newsletter for updates, great things to do and hotel special offers.