Edinburgh is a city that charms people from first glance and that manages to keep the flame alive. Arrive at any time of the year and you can be sure to find festivals and other attractions that will give you a taste of Scottish culture.
A festive summer period in Edinburgh
Here we are. Summer is coming very soon. And just as it does every year, Edinburgh is about to turn into a fantastic cultural platform. Many events will take place during the summer period so be ready to be carried away!
The Fringe Festival annually attracts hundreds of artists who perform in the streets, theatres or pubs. Comedians, actors, jugglers, fire-eaters, magicians: for a month, the city comes alive with their performances. This year, it will take place from the 1st to the 25th August. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an exquisite showcasing of talented military musicians and performers who come from every corner of the globe. In fact, 46 different nationalities contribute to providing spectators with a magical experience. It takes place at the same time as the Fringe Festival and gathers more than 200,000 people who come to attend the Tattoo live on the majestic esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Military tattoos have never been so popular.
Germany as a guest star in Autumn
About two months after the August maelstrom, party time comes back with the Oktoberfest, held in Edinburgh for the second time. A substantial slice of German culture will take up residence in Princes Street Gardens. Oktoberfest is one of the largest and most popular parties in the world. Millions of people, and amongst them many Scottish people, go to Bavaria each year to enjoy a good atmosphere, have fun and discover new beers. This beverage also represents a strong part of the Scottish culture, so organising an Oktoberfest in Edinburgh makes perfect sense.
Sports activities as an important part of Edinburgh’s lifestyle
The Edinburgh Marathon occurs at the end of May each year. There are beautiful sights to see along the course, such as Arthurs Seat, “Porty” (Portobello) Prom or the Edinburgh Castle among others. The Seven Hills of Edinburgh takes also place every year in June. The course starts from Calton Hill and participants have to make their way through the seven hills of the Scottish capital. You can take part either as a race, which is for people who wish to complete the course at a fast pace or as a challenge which is aimed at people who just want to complete the course. However, competitors are asked to be able to finish in no more than 4 hours.
Apart from all these festive activities, Edinburgh, as a city of art and history, offers a wide range of museums to be visited, such as the National Gallery of Scotland, the National Museum or the National War Museum. Finally, many markets take place in Edinburgh and contribute to providing a friendly atmosphere in the city. If you fancy learning more about traditional Scottish products, do not miss the local markets in the Grassmarket, Stockbridge or the new LocalMotive Market, held on a platform of Edinburgh’s main train station. Culture, Music, Art, Food, it is all a pretext for celebration in Edinburgh! Come and join us!