Edinburgh Festivals and Events Summer 2021 Update
As Edinburgh starts to open up again after lockdown, we have been looking at plans for the city’s upcoming events. Here’s the latest news from some of the major Edinburgh festivals and events this summer, as of April 2021.
Royal Highland Show
14 – 20 June 2021
This year, the Royal Highland Show’s celebration of food, farming and rural life will take place online only. Streaming events such as show jumping, sheep shearing and cooking demonstrations, from the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston. Find out more.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
23 June – 4 July 2021
There has been no recent update from Edinburgh International Film Festival. Check the latest news.
Edinburgh Science Festival
26 June – 11 July 2021
This festival usually takes place in the spring, but has been moved forward to summer 2021. Exploring the theme One World, Edinburgh Science Festival plans to deliver some events in different formats and spaces this year to ensure a safe and quality experience. Find out more.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
16 – 25 July 2021
There are no live events currently planned for the 2021 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The two events previously on sale are being rescheduled to 2022. There may be a digital programme similar to last year’s, but this is yet to be announced. Check the latest news.
Edinburgh Art Festival
29 July – 29 August 2021
There has been no recent update from Edinburgh Art Festival. Check the latest news.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions
6 – 15 August 2021
This series of concerts in Princes Street Gardens is still set to go ahead, with a line up including Anne Marie, Tom Jones and the DMA’s. Tickets are available now. Tickets on sale here.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
6 – 28 August 2021
Tickets are currently on sale for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which plans to go ahead with a reduced capacity and social distancing. Seating is available in groups of up to four people together. Tickets on sale here.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
6 – 30 August 2021
The Fringe Festival is hoping to have a mix of online and live performances with social distancing and other safety measures in place. They are still putting the programme together and will announce it later in the year. Check the latest news.
Edinburgh International Festival
7 – 29 August 2021
The International Festival has announced a reimagined festival for 2021. Where temporary outdoor pavilions will host live socially-distanced events. They will also release a selection of free online performances during each week of the festival. The programme will be available from 2 June with tickets on sale from 11 June. Find out more.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
14 – 30 August 2021
This year the Book Festival moves to Edinburgh College of Art’s building and grounds on Lauriston Place. They are hoping to have a mix of online and live events, with the programme to be announced at the end of June. Check the latest news.
We hope you find this guide to festivals and events in summer 2021 helpful. Details were correct to the best of our knowledge at time of writing, but please check directly with each event for any changes or further updates.