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Not-To-Miss Edinburgh Festivals 2019

As we begin a new year in Edinburgh, let’s take a look at some of the must-see Edinburgh festivals of 2019. One for every month of the year!

January: Burn’s Night

Haggis, neeps and tatties served with whiskyBurn’s Night is an annual celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns. Every year, on 25th January, we Scots celebrate our favourite bard with a Burns Supper tribute of haggis, neeps and tatties. With whisky, bagpipes and the traditional address to the haggis, Burn’s Night is the perfect way to close off all the winter festivities.

February: Six Nations Rugby

Rugby ball in a Rugby StadiumFrom long-loved poets to poetry in motion. February heralds in the annual clash of the rugby titans. On 2nd February, the Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off for Scotland at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, as we take on Italy. Hotel accommodation fills up early, so if you’re planning on taking in a match, book early to score big.

March: Fantastical Chocolate Festival

Chocolate shavings and chunksA must for chocoholics! The Fantastical Chocolate Festival comes to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh this 2nd March. A Willy Wonka inspired chocolate extravaganza, with tasty treats, whimical characters and live music.

April: Beltane Fire Festival

Fire festival underwayAs spring gets into full swing,the annual Beltane Fire Festival sets Calton Hill cacophony of drums and pyrotechnics to mark the coming of spring in the Celtic calendar.

May: Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Illusionists, magicians and mind readers will come together this May to bring more than a little magic to the Edinburgh stage. The Edinburgh International Magic Festival offers an action-packed programme of enchanting shows, events and performances. We are still waiting for full details of this year’s festival, but check the Magic Fest website for more information.

June: Edinburgh International Film Festival

View from behind audience in a theatreIn the star-studded month of June, behold all the glitz and glamour of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. With premiers, screenings, events interviews with our favourite actors, Hollywood is coming to Edinburgh in June.

July: Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival

Blue haired woman playing violin on the street

If June’s Film Festival sounds like music to your ears, just wait until the longest-running jazz festival in the country gets underway. With fabulous performances, free outdoor events and a highly popular Mardi Gras, the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival is sure to hit all the right notes.

August: Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe

Guy playing guitar at Edinburgh festivalWhen it comes to not-to-miss Edinburgh events in 2017, the hilarity of Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe is no laughing matter. A spin off to the Edinburgh International Festival, which runs at the same time, the Fringe has grown into the largest arts festival in the world. Today the Fringe is more than just another Edinburgh festival – it is a right of passage. 

Fireworks from Edinburgh CastleIn addition to the many Fringe artists and performers lining the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, August is affectionately dubbed the unofficial month of festivals in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo also puts on a spectacular piping display against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. While the Edinburgh International Book Festival leaves nothing to the imagination.

September: Edinburgh Mela

Bollywood Dancer in red sariThe Edinburgh Mela is a vibrant celebration of Scotland’s diverse culture and arts. With music and dance from all across the globe, and exciting world food and drink. It takes place on Leith Links over a weekend in September, yet to be announced. 

October: Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Revel in the art of live storytelling, with the annual Scottish International Storytelling Festival. There are a wide range of events to take part in during this 12-day festival, for children, families and adults alike. 

November: Edinburgh’s Christmas

Edinburgh fairground attractions at ChristmastimeFrom mid-November, Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations get underway. So, get into the festive spirit with markets, food and drink, sparkling lights, fairground attractions, ice-skating, shows and more. 

December: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the ideal way to wrap up Edinburgh events in 2019. Since Christmas wasn’t officially recognised as a holiday in Scotland until 1958, the 3-day Hogmanay Festival has long been the prevailing Scottish Winter Festival and the biggest event in our festive calendar. With ceilidhs, concerts, parties and, of course, spectacular midnight fireworks! 

With so many Edinburgh Festivals in 2019, this year is shaping up to be a great one!

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