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Five of the Best Festivals in Edinburgh this August

Fireworks at Edinburgh's HogmanayFor many of us, the Edinburgh Festivals in August are the highlight of our event calendar. Our city is completely transformed during this amazing month of festivals, shows and entertainment. And here at Parliament House Hotel, we are just a short walk from all the action. So, here’s our guide to some of the best Edinburgh festivals in August. All you need to do is choose your favourite, then book your tickets and festival accommodation.

Our Guide to Edinburgh Festivals in August

Guy playing guitar at Edinburgh festivalWhether you’re looking for something to entertain the children, or planning a celebration, Edinburgh’s festivals are among the best in the world. From music, comedy and arts, to science and books, there’s a festival to suit any age. So, take a look at a few of our recommended festivals in this vibrant capital city and book your stay at Parliament House today.

Edinburgh International Festival

Crowds at a festival3rd – 27th August 2018. This diverse festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of dance, music, comedy and arts performances. Here, you’ll find everything from opera concerts to street performances. For three weeks in August, you’ll find an array of performances from international artists. Shows are hosted in venues across the city, from theatres to cafes, and Edinburgh comes alive with performing arts.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

3rd – 27th August 2018. Known as the largest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh Fringe hosts a plethora of performances from creative artists. There’s something to suit all ages, from comedy, dance, theatre and opera, to circus, cabaret, and children’s shows. Held in venues across the city, the festival is a platform for unknown talent and there are plenty of free performances. And, over the years, it has been the launch of the road to stardom for many famous faces. For central Edinburgh festival accommodation, why not book a room at Parliament House, where you’ll be close to all the action?

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Castle lit up at the Edinburgh Tattoo3rd – 25 August 2018. This annual event is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Held on the esplanade of the beautiful Edinburgh Castle the event celebrates talents military and civilian music from across the world. With performance from teams from the British Armed Forces, the Commonwealth and military teams from across the globe, this family-friendly event is a must-see. Here, you’ll see Highland Dancers, pipers, drummers, daredevil motorcyclists, and marching formations.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

11th – 27 August 2018. Book lovers will be in heaven at this international event. Held, beneath a huge canvas in Charlotte Square, there are books that will delight all ages. The festival hosts talks, readings, book signings and workshops, and famous faces like J.K Rowling have graced its stage. Also, there’s plenty of entertainment from stand-up comedy to live music.

Edinburgh Art Festival

26th July – 26th August 2018. Celebrating everything about the world of art, this annual festival brings together Edinburgh’s art galleries, museums and exhibition spaces. Here’s you’ll find artist talks, guided tours of galleries, performances, and over 40 unique exhibitions. This festival embraces art in every form, and celebrates historic artists, as well as new and emerging contemporary ones.

 

There’s no better time to visit the Festival City of Edinburgh than in August when it comes alive with shows, music, theatre and comedy. So, take a look at our fantastic special offers and plan your festival stay with us at Parliament House this August.

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