For a lot of people the Edinburgh Festival means comedy. A budding funny man can go from unknown to household name in a matter of weeks, given the right routine and the right reviews. But what else is on offer in this beautiful city during August? We’ve put together our top pick of the festivals to keep an eye out for.

Edinburgh Art Festival

28 July to 28 August 2016

The first event in August’s line up, the Edinburgh Art Festival see’s the city’s museums, public spaces and of course art galleries, play host to brand new and exciting works of modern art.

If you’re into art, this is your chance to see the next big thing, but you can also take time to appreciate the old masters. With a range of exhibitions scheduled, there’s something for every art lover here.

Royal Military Tattoo

5 to 27 August 2016

Set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this outdoor spectacle is seen by 200,000 lucky visitors each year, not to mention the hundreds of millions who watch it on television.

It is one of the best loved events in Edinburgh calendar and presents performances by international performers as well as the military and civilians. If you can get your hands on tickets, it’s a must see!

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Book Festival

13 to 29 August 2016

This is the largest celebration of literature in the world and brings together our planet’s best thinkers, novelists and critics.

You can involve yourself in literary reviews and discussions in a series of events and watch on as prestigious prizes for fiction, biography and poetry are awarded. The best festival for any book worm to immerse themselves in.

Mela Festival

27 to 28 August 2016

The Mela Festival is a celebration of diversity and culture and is made up of a series of performances from both international and homegrown talent. Dance features heavily throughout this festival and visitors can enjoy music from funk to classical Indian. A trip to the Global Food Village is also a must as festival-goers can enjoy tastes and smells from around the world.

The Fringe Festival

05 to 29 August 2016

Perhaps the best known of the Edinburgh Festivals, the Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, with over 40,000 performances and and more than 2,500 shows packed into 250 venues across Edinburgh. Performing at the Fringe is open to everybody so visitors will get to see all sorts of artists, from students to mega stars. This is the place to spot the next big thing.


Grab your friends and make a trip to Edinburgh this August. We have a wide range of properties available to suit every group. Make it a summer to remember.