Fitting 5 Festivals into 1 Weekend

Did you know there are five festivals every August in Edinburgh? The Art, Book, Fringe, International and Royal Military Tattoo. Travel blogger Dan Flying solo shows us how to explore all 5 in one weekend.



Start your trip at Charlotte Square Gardens, home to the Book Festival.
Here you can join readings, debates, and sessions with talented authors.  

In the heart of the city, The Royal Mile comes alive with street performers. It's also an amazing spot to watch the talent with a bite to eat, and get ideas for Fringe shows.

Discover Edinburgh on an art trail. Head to various venues across the city. This programme of installations and exhibitions offers a unique way to explore Edinburgh.

Be sure to bag tickets to this incredible show set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. See military bands from around the world and closer to home in a real spectacle of a show. 

The festival fun goes on to the wee hours in Edinburgh. So grab some street food and a drink, before catching a late-night Fringe Show.  


Be sure to venture out of the centre to the likes of Newhaven and Leith. Where artistic treasures can be found at partner galleries. 

Think you know what a circus show is like? Think again! The Fringe brings a whole new spin with a huge variety of world-class circus performances.

Peruse the curated programme of the International Festival. Whether it's ballet, opera, drama or dance, these shows are in some amazing theatres and venues. 

Unbound at the Book Festival is hosted in a fantastic Spiegeltent. From poetry readings to awesome bands, this nightly event offers up a different vibe to the day time at the festival. 

And if you are lucky enough to be here for the final weekend, be sure to see the closing fireworks! 

Phew, that's amazing five festivals in 48-hours. 

Are you ready to visit them all in August?   

Dan Flying Solo.

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