What’s on in Edinburgh this Spring?

Welcome to Edinburgh in Spring 2020

We love Edinburgh in spring, as the nights become lighter and the weather a little warmer. The entire city undergoes a blossoming, colourful transformation. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils burst forth and frosty gardens are carpeted with drops of white, yellow and purple as far as the eye can see. Like the calm before the storm, the entire city slowly wakes from a winter-long hibernation before bursting forth into summer festival madness. Sure, there is still a bit of a nip in the air, but if you can brave the crisp clear springtime air, it’s worth it. Because it’s the perfect time to visit our vibrant capital city. So, here are some of the brightest and best upcoming Edinburgh events of the season.

Spectacular Spring Shows

Ballerinas with backs turned in white

Throughout the spring season, there are some huge hit shows coming to Edinburgh Playhouse. Such as Scottish Opera: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scottish Ballet: Swan Lake, Disney’s The Lion King, Million Dollar Quartet, The Woman in Black, Riverdance: 25th Anniversary Show and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Book early for these fabulous shows as they are known to sell out quickly. And we’re just a short walk from the theatre, so you don’t need to worry about getting home after the performance.

Meadows Marathon

Runner tying her shoe laces before a race

Kick-start your spring with the Meadows Marathon on 1st March 2020. This running festival includes a 5K, 10K, relay, half marathon and full marathon. You can register now to take part in any of these events, or come down on the day to cheer on the runners. Many will be raising money for charities and important causes. There will be live music and a great, supportive atmosphere, so get involved!

Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland

Man and woman in pub wearing green on St Patrick's Day

Taking place near St Patrick’s Day each year, Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland is dedicated to all things Irish. Celebrating the links between Scotland and Ireland with a programme of Irish themed events and activities, including music, dance, storytelling, comedy and family days out.

Mother’s Day

Victoria Street lit up at night with its colourful shop fronts and cobbled hill

This year, Mothering Sunday falls on 22nd March. This is a great time to celebrate the special women in your life. Why not take them for a day out in Edinburgh to explore the sights of the city?

Edinburgh Science Festival

Abstract polygonal background

Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival happens during the Easter holidays. It was the first festival of its kind and is still one of the biggest celebrations of science and technology. The programme will include an array of amazing events for both children and adults. Many spaces in Edinburgh will become Science Festival hubs for discussions and debate, exploration and discovery. These include the City Art Centre, the National Museum of Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Zoo and Dynamic Earth. Be sure to book in advance, as events are popular.

Beltane Fire Festival

May Queen procession at the Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh

Mark the end of winter and the beginning of summer at the annual Beltane Fire Festival on 30th April 2020. A modern interpretation an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual. It takes place just around the corner from our hotel, atop Calton Hill. A procession of characters, including the May Queen and Green Man will light the Beltane bonfire to mark the birth of the summer. (This event is recommended for over 18s).

World Whisky Day and Whisky Month

Dram of whisky with ice

Whisky lovers rejoice! World Whisky Day is on 16th May 2020, but here in Scotland, we dedicate the entire month of May to our favourite tipple. Celebrate at the Whisky Stramash on 23rd and 24th May. Or, join an Edinburgh Whisky Tasting and really get into the spirit things!

A Blooming Spring-tacular Offer

Put a spring in your step at Parliament House Hotel this spring in Edinburgh. Located at Calton Hill, these wonderful events are right on our doorstep! So, check out our Spring Special offer and enjoy 2 nights at our central hotel, with breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening.