List of Edinburgh festivals

This is a list of arts and cultural festivals regularly taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The city has become known for its festivals since the establishment in 1947 of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which runs alongside it. The latter is the largest event of its kind in the world.

The term Edinburgh Festival is commonly used, but there is no single festival; the various festivals are put on by separate, unrelated organisations. However they are widely regarded as part of the same event, particularly the various festivals that take place simultaneously in August each year. The term Edinburgh Festival is often used to refer more specifically to the Fringe, being the largest of the festivals; or sometimes to the International Festival, being the original "official" arts festival. Within the industry, people refer to all the festivals collectively as the Edinburgh Festivals (plural).

The festivals

Listed in chronological order by 2018 start date, with year of foundation in brackets


Easter time


  • Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (formerly the Imaginate Festival) (1990)*





  • Africa in Motion (2006)
  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival (1990)*
  • Festival of Politics (2005)


Uncertain dates

Defunct festivals

  • Edinburgh Interactive Festival (2003)
  • Edinburgh International Internet Festival (1999)
  • Edinburgh Swing Festival (2006)
  • iFest (2007) — the Internet Festival and Conference
  • West Port Book Festival (2008) a free book festival involving secondhand bookshops in the West Port area

Notes and references

  1. Moving times at EIFF
  2. Fringe Facts Archived 27 January 2006 at the Wayback Machine. edfringe: Official site of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2005. Accessed 26 June 2005.
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