Edinburgh’s Festivals really are worth planning ahead for and The Murrayfield Hotel and House has details of a few of the yearly events below. From culture, magic, books, art, music and science… why not pick your favourite and join us for a few nights to experience. We have lots to recommend!
International Science Festival – 1st to 16th April 2017
Edinburgh International Science Festival is the world’s first public celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe’s largest. The two-week festival gives audiences amazing experiences through a diverse programme of innovative events. It’s a fantastic event to attend with the family.
Beltane Fire Festival – 30th April 2017
Formed in 1988, Beltane Fire Society is a community arts performance charity that hosts the Beltane Fire Festival and Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh. The festival is a living, dynamic reinterpretation and modernisation of an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual and is the largest of its kind.
Imaginate Festival – 27th May to 4th June 2017
Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people. It showcases high quality, distinctive Scottish and international performances to an audience of around 10,000 children, their teachers, and their families each year.
Edinburgh Cycling Festival – 8th to 18th June 2017
Featuring a wide range of events: from rides (sporty and otherwise), to family activities, to a range of cultural events, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling truly has something for everyone!
Edinburgh International Film Festival – 21st June to 2nd July 2017
Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking.
Edinburgh Magic Festival – 30th June to 8th July 2017
The Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates all things magic. Perfect if you love a bit of hocus pocus and fun for all ages.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival – 14th to 23rd July 2017
The festival plays host to the finest jazz and blues talent from all corners of the globe, it has something to suit every mood over the 10 days. It even hosts a Mardi Gras Carnival, what’s not to love!
Edinburgh Art Festival – 27th July to 27th August 2017
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art. They bring together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. The vast majority of the festival is free to attend.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival – 4th to 28th August 2017
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on Earth, an inspiring celebration of the best performance and entertainment coming out of every continent of our planet. August brings an intense three weeks of theatre, dance, art, opera and music to the city which is unparalleled across the world along a boost of with buzzing night life, late licence bars and clubs.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – 4th to 26th August 2017
Staged to the back drop of Edinburgh Castle, each and every Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different from the last. The Tattoo embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland’s homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times. More than 13 million people have attended the Tattoo, with an annual audience of around 217,000.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival – 20th to 31st October 2017
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a celebration of live storytelling and imagination. Performance, workshops, talks and children’s events radiate out from Scotland’s capital as the best of Scotland’s storytelling talent merge to story tell.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – 30th, 31st December 2017 and 1st January 2018
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the ultimate way to celebrate New Year in Scotland and one of the city’s most spectacular events! Revellers attending can expect a world-class festival atmosphere when the city comes alive with a packed three-day programme of events to welcome the New Year. Live music and DJ sets featuring leading artists from Scotland and beyond will rock the Street Party with multiple music stages, giant screens and attractions located throughout the arena, set against the backdrop of the historic Edinburgh Castle.
The Murrayfield Hotel and House has a great range of room types available to book now, ideal for exploring Edinburgh’s Festivals. Looking to add a touch of luxury? Then check out our Luxe bedroom in our exclusive Murrayfield House, perfect for treating a loved one.