08 July 2019
You’d be forgiven for thinking that summer in Edinburgh is all about The Fringe Festival. However, to visit purely for the Fringe would be to miss out on a whole wealth of culture, art and literature. See below for your guide to ‘festival season’ in Edinburgh, including some top tips on where to find the best street performances, free music and more...
The Edinburgh Art Festival (25th July – 25th August 2019)
Founded in 2004 after organisers noticed a lack of visual arts during ‘festival season’ in Edinburgh, expect pop up galleries, exhibitions, workshops, tours and talks.
In fact, this year the city will play host to 50 exhibitions showcasing the work of over 300 artists and incorporates a selection of talks and performances tailored to little ones too.
Find out more here > https://edinburghartfestival.com/
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2nd – 24th August 2019)
Running almost simultaneously with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a world-famous celebration of the British Army through a performance of colour, music and light within Edinburgh’s castle walls. This year promises to be ‘more technically thrilling than ever before’.
Find out more here: https://www.edintattoo.co.uk/
The Edinburgh International Book Festival (10th – 26th August 2019)
Designed to bring together a wealth of authors from across all genres and writing styles, this festival offers something for all ages and tastes, and aims to inspire and entertain through talks and discussions.
Set in its own tented village in the heart of Edinburgh, the Festival welcomes around 900 authors from over 60 countries. Browse the events and plan your visit here: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on
Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2-26th August 2019)
As ‘the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom’ expect the unexpected and the most unique festival experience available.
With hundreds of stages scattered across Edinburgh, festival fever will be in full swing for this incredible few weeks of non-stop joy.
For a complete list of what’s on this year, take a look at its programme: https://tickets.edfringe.com/plan-your-fringe/programme
Top tip: Best spots for street performances
If you’re looking to enjoy some free entertainment in the sunshine, head to the Royal Mile (just moments from The Tower Restaurant) where there are two vibrant street performance spaces. You’ll find one between Cockburn Street and George IV Bridge, also known as High Street and the Mound Precinct. Acts travel from all over the world to perform here so it’s a not-to-be-missed part of the Fringe Festival experience.
The National Museum of Scotland...
Free Fringe Music at the National Museum of Scotland (3-15th August)
During the Fringe Festival, the Museum’s atrium transforms into a live performance space with a programme of musicians set to entertain visitors. Performances start daily at 2.05pm, last around 40 minutes and are completely free to attend. Don’t forget to drop into The Tower Restaurant (on the rooftop of the museum) after the performance, for a drink or bite to eat.
See the full programme here > https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/events/national-museum-of-scotland/free-fringe-music/
Museum Late: Fringe Fridays at the National Museum of Scotland (9th-23rd August)
Ever wanted to visit a museum after hours? Now is your opportunity. On Friday 9th, 16th and 23rd August, The National Museum of Scotland is open between 7.30pm and 10.30pm for their exhilarating party nights. For just £20 per person entry fee you can enjoy live music, dance, comedy and theatre performances, and admission to the Wild and Majestic exhibition.
Find out more, and buy tickets, here > https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/events/national-museum-of-scotland/museum-late-fringe-fridays/
Edinburgh International Festival (2-26th August 2019)
Edinburgh’s International Festival takes things global. Six of the biggest theatres and concert halls from the area will play host to the world’s top musicians, actors, opera singers and dancers.
Scouting the stages of diverse genres and stages, the curators have handpicked ‘the most exciting and creative artists working today’, and it shows. You’ll find the finest international performers and ensembles in a world-class line-up like no other.
To see a full list of shows and secure your seat this August, head on over to their website: https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on
Top tip: Don’t miss the Firework Finale – 26th August 2019
Each year, Edinburgh Festival season comes to an end with a bang, as the city’s International Festival culminates in a spectacular firework display and concert. If you don’t have tickets, you can still enjoy the concert and sparkling display from The Tower Rooftop – perfectly positioned to enjoy the show! Plus, we’ll play the concert over loudspeakers on the terrace, so you get the full show experience. Join us from 9pm on The Tower Rooftop.
Dine and drink at the heart of the action
For those times you want to enjoy a moment away from the bustle, yet still be amidst the action, The Tower Restaurant is the perfect choice. Overlook the Edinburgh skyline from our rooftop terrace as you enjoy a seasonal cocktail, a plate of something delicious, knowing you're never far from the action.
Watching a show? We’ve got you covered. Take advantage of our pre- and post-show offer and enjoy a two-course menu for just £19.95. There's no better place to taste the best of Scotland's larder, before or after the theatre.