No matter what time of year you visit Edinburgh there should be something happening to capture your interest. From international festivals to local farmers markets, Edinburgh has something for everyone.
Hogmanay is the world famous New Year festival held in Scotland's capital city. Best known for the New Year's Eve street party which attracts upwards of 120,000 people every year, this is the largest New Year event in the world and is not to be missed.
There is a range of celebrations and activities for all ages so regardless of whether you're part of a family with children or are looking for a romantic getaway, Edinburgh makes a special destination for anyone to welcome in the year ahead.
March heralds the commencement of the Ceilidh Culture Festival where traditional music, dance and song can be enjoyed.
April is host to Beltane Fire Festival, held during the night of 30th April on Calton Hill in the city's east end. Around 12,000 people attend every year to share the fun and the event has become a much-loved favourite on the Edinburgh calendar.
Science lovers will be thrilled by Edinburgh International Science Festival which is also held in April. This is Europe's largest public celebration of science and technology and stretches across 26 venues in Edinburgh and beyond.
June makes way for Edinburgh's International Film Festival which has, for more than half a century, presented some of cinemas most important and exciting moments and played host to the world's greatest filmmakers. Delivering the best new films from across the world the film festival is supported by the likes of Sir Sean Connery, Tilda Swinton and Robert Carlyle, who are all patrons of this annual event.
August is by far the busiest month of the year when it comes to Edinburgh events with seven festivals held during this time every year. Edinburgh International Festival offers a varied array of classical music, theatre, opera and dance events and is one of the most important cultural celebrations to take place in the world.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival also takes place in August and is the largest arts festival in the world. A medley of theatre, comedy, dance, music and street performers make this an experience to remember with over 31,000 performances, 2000 shows and 18,000 performers who entertain more than 1.5 million people in 250 venues across the city.
Edinburgh International Book Festival is another August favourite and is the largest event of its kind.
After summer there are plenty of autumnal treats with special eerie events for Halloween and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival also taking place in October.
Before another New Year arrives make sure you visit the Winter Festival in Edinburgh where all things festive are brought to life and the traditional Christmas markets and outdoor skating rinks give the city a little extra sparkle.
Edinburgh hotels are plentiful but it is best to book in advance if possible as Scotland's bonny capital is a popular tourist destination.
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