Things to look forward to in Edinburgh this autumn

Experience Autumn in Edinburgh 2019

There is something magical about autumn in Edinburgh. The city is awash in hues of red and gold. The streets are quieter as the summer festivals are over for another year. And like the calm before the festive storm, the city takes a collective sigh of relief. A crisp autumn breeze rustles through the leaves and the memory of summer still lingers in the air. Peaceful days, quiet cobbled streets and wonderful autumn events are ahead. So, why not take a look at our fantastic seasonal offers and visit Edinburgh at this magnificent time of year?

Doors Open Days: Experience Edinburgh On A Budget 

For anyone visiting Edinburgh on a budget, there’s no better time to visit Edinburgh than September. The annual Edinburgh Doors Open Days on 28th and 29th September allow you to visit some of Edinburgh’s most unique buildings (many of which are normally closed to the public) completely free of charge. What’s more, many venues will offer behind the scenes tours, talks and exhibitions, bringing these ancient buildings to life. Which is why visiting Scotland’s largest free festival in September really does pay off.

Edinburgh Oktoberfest: TraditionALE Autumn Fun

One of our favourite autumn pastimes is the Edinburgh Oktoberfest. This year, the event takes place in a huge Oktoberfest Tent in Princes Street Gardens. From 30th October to 3rd November, the area comes to life in a dazzling array of traditional German music and food. Plus, beer specially brewed for the occasion. The tent is filled with long tables and the waiting staff are dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen. So, you can experience all things Oktoberfest right here in Edinburgh!

PBFA Book Fair: Autumn by the Book

The PBFA Book Fair is a travelling booksellers fair that makes its way across the UK each year. Established in 1972, the fair has a long and proven track record for connecting book-lovers and literary enthusiasts with a wide selection of antiquarian and second-hand books, maps and prints. On 7th September and 30th November, they will be at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile with a collection of rare and wonderful books. So this autumn, take a leaf out of literary-lovers’ book and make your way to the PBFA Book Fair.

Edinburgh Harvest Festival: Get Growing 

On 15th September, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will be harvesting all the yearly vegetable fun at the annual Harvest Festival. With fun activities, gardening advice, information about harvesting, cooking and storing crops, as well as tasters and more, the Harvest Festival is always a highlight event.

International Storytelling Festival: Once Upon A Time In Edinburgh

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a celebration of live storytelling in and around Edinburgh. Every October, as the leaves begin to turn and the long autumn nights close in, friends and families gather around the hearth for a night of tales, songs and merriment. Bringing together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians, this year’s Growing Stories festival will take place from 18th to 31st October in various venues throughout Edinburgh.

Old Hallows Eve: Bewitching Edinburgh

When it comes to Old Hallows Eve, autumn in Edinburgh is truly spooktakular. After all, it is no secret that Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world. So in addition to the many Halloween parties you would find all over the city on 31st October, there is also a number of ghoulish tours and activities for you to do. From the terrifying Edinburgh Horror Festival, to ghostly happenings underground, to a drink in a haunted pub. Edinburgh has a long history of paranormal activities. And come witching hour on Old Hallows Eve, you are in for one chilling night!

Samhuinn Fire Festival: Winter is Coming

As the days grow shorter, things heat up on 31st October from 7 pm as the Samhuinn Festival gets underway. This is the sister event to the Beltane Fire Festival, marking the transition from winter to summer with fireplay, drumming, performances, music and dance. It takes place at the top of Calton Hill, right by our hotel. This is a totally immersive experience, as colourful Celtic characters act out the ancient story of Samhuinn.

Bonfire Night: Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Every year on 5th November, Edinburgh comes under fire in a dazzling display of pyrotechnics to commemorate the gunpowder plot of 1605. There are a number of safe, fun organised bonfire events across the city. Or, you can simply wrap up warm and mosey on up Calton Hill to watch the heavens come to life, before warming up with a wee dram or two in our lounge.

Edinburgh’s Christmas: A Clause For Celebration

And finally, we say goodbye to autumn in Edinburgh with the start of Edinburgh’s Christmas. One of Europe’s finest Christmas Festivals begins on 16th November. This is a magical celebration of all things festive. With a sparkling winter wonderland, fabulous Christmas markets, shows, rides and attractions, there’s no better way to welcome in the winter holidays.