What’s on in Edinburgh this spring?

Welcome to Edinburgh in spring 2023

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

Throughout the spring season, there are some huge hit shows coming to Edinburgh Playhouse. Such as The Rocky Horror Show, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Six and Strictly Ballroom. Varna International Ballet perform Giselle, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Plus, we have comedy from Michael McIntyre, Jon Richardson, Dara Ó Briain and Frankie Boyle. See a full list of what’s on here.

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.

Ballerinas with backs turned in white

Meadows Marathon

Kick-start your spring with the Meadows Marathon on 5th March 2023. This running festival includes a 5K, 10K, relay, half marathon and full marathon. You can register 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! Find out more.

Runner tying her shoe laces before a race

Mother’s Day

This year, Mothering Sunday falls on Sunday 19th 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?

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

Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival is scheduled from 1st to 16th April 2023. This was the first festival of its kind and is still one of the biggest celebrations of science and technology. This year, the theme is Let’s Experiment. The programme will feature an array of amazing events for all ages and usually includes some adult-only events. Many spaces in Edinburgh will become Science Festival hubs for discussions and debate, exploration and discovery. Be sure to book in advance, as events are popular. Find out more.

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Edinburgh TradFest

Edinburgh TradFest takes place from 28th April to 8th May 2023. It’s a celebration of traditional and folk music from Scotland and around the world. Enjoy music, dance, storytelling, drama, film and more, at this vibrant traditional music festival. See what’s on.

Close up of violin being played on stage

Beltane Fire Festival

Mark the end of winter and the beginning of summer at the annual Beltane Fire Festival on 30th April 2023. A modern interpretation of 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). Find out more.

May Queen procession at the Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh

World Whisky Day and Whisky Month

Whisky lovers rejoice! World Whisky Day is on 20th May 2023, but here in Scotland, we dedicate the entire month of May to our favourite tipple. Visit one of Edinburgh’s whisky attractions, such as the Scotch Whisky Experience, Johnnie Walker Princes Street or Holyrood Distillery, and really get into the spirit of things!

Dram of whisky with ice

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 a sparkling bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival.