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The Magic Of Edinburgh In October

As we move away from the summery youth of August into the twilight autumn of October, every surface in Scotland’s beautiful capital is transformed into a canvas of burning reds, deep oranges and warm yellows. And if you’re planning on visiting your favourite Edinburgh Hotel during this magical time of year, make sure you know what you’re in for. While Edinburgh is a tourist’s playground any time of the year, Edinburgh in October is particularly splendid. Betwixt and between the madness of the August Festivals and the chilly winter months that lie ahead, Edinburgh in October is an enchanting autumn retreat.

TraditionAle German Celebrations

One of the biggest events in Edinburgh in October is arguably the Oktoberfest. Synonymous with three things – giant beer, Lederhosen and “Schlager” music making ­– this Bavarian Celebration will get underway in Princess Street Gardens from the 7th to the 11th of October. With a great line up of live German bands, traditional German beer and the delicious German Schnitzel, it’s sure to brew up all sorts of merriment.

Man carrying beer in Oktoberfest tent


Dishes to Dine For

As 2015 is the Year of Food and Drink, Scottish foodies are in for a 10-day taste sensation in Edinburgh in October. From the 8th to the 18th of October, the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival will be returning for its second year. Which means you can tuck in to a mouth-watering selection of culinary treats in a citywide celebration of eating out.

Zootractions – Find Out What Bugged The Dinosaurs

From the 10th to the 25th of October, Edinburgh Zoo will be getting up close and personal with the underground world of creepy crawlies and many-legged critters. In an insect-tacular exhibition, they will be joining the dots between Dinosaurs and modern day critters with keepers and volunteers on hand to answer all your questions about these creeping, scuttling, slithering and wriggling creatures.

Dinosaur skeleton in museum


Dying To Show Your True Colours?

The world’s most colourful 5km fun run is coming to Edinburgh on the 18th of October. Inspired by the ancient Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, Run or Dye gives runners, walkers and dancers the chance to experience life in full colour. As you get turned into a technicolour canvas, discover the many colourful reasons to living life with a purpose.

Once Upon A Time In Edinburgh

At the heart of this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival is hospitality and an intercultural welcome. With the first chapter set to begin on the 23rd of October, the Festival will plot to bring storytellers from around the world together to delight and amaze through Stories Without Borders over 10 event-filled days.

Shelf of books leading up into an imaginative setting of clouds


Trick Or Treat?

If you are in Edinburgh in October, particularly on the night of All Hallows Eve, you are in for a treat … or a trick. As one of the most haunted places in the world, Edinburgh’s dark past and haunted history comes to life. With fancy dress parties, Jack-o-lanterns, bobbing for apples and a number of haunted city tours, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled into a Zombie Apocalypse.

Scary halloween pumpkin and lantern

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