As you know, Edinburgh buzzes with vibrancy and culture every summer as it transforms into the world’s leading festival city. For anyone who happens to be in Edinburgh in August, you are indeed in luck! This post is designed to help you make the most of your experience by highlighting a variety of events and activities.


1. Edinburgh International Festival (4th – 27th August 2023)

This globally renowned event is a must-see for anyone in the city in August. The festival presents world-class artists and ensembles across all performance genres, including theatre, classical music, dance, and opera. The grand finale is the Festival Fireworks Concert, a spectacular explosion of music and colour over Edinburgh Castle.



2. Edinburgh Festival Fringe (4th – 28th August 2023)

You cannot talk about August in Edinburgh without mentioning the world’s largest arts festival. With thousands of performances taking place in hundreds of venues across the city, the Fringe is an explosion of creative energy. From comedy, theatre, and dance to spoken word and music, you’re sure to find something that sparks your interest.


3. Edinburgh International Book Festival (12th – 28th August 2023)

Taking place in the serene and beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens, this festival attracts authors from across the globe and is a paradise for book lovers. With debates, workshops, readings, and signings, you’ll be able to indulge in literary discussions, meet your favourite authors, or even discover some new ones.

4. Edinburgh Art Festival (28th July – 28th August 2023)

This event is the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art. It offers an exceptional platform for both established and emerging artists, showcasing the best in visual arts through exhibitions, performances, screenings, and guided tours.


5. Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (4th – 26th August 2023)

Immerse yourself in the spectacular tradition of military precision and music staged against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. This international extravaganza involves performers from over 48 countries, delivering a thrilling music, ceremony, and dance spectacle.


6. Alba English Summer Social Programme

We have a fantastic selection of summer activities for our students, including walking tours, chocolate making, conversational clubs, whisky tasting, Scottish dancing and much more. If you are studying with us this summer, do not forget to check weekly our dedicated web page:

Social Programme | Explore the Vibrant Social Programme at Alba English in Edinburgh


7. Other activities?!

When not engrossed in these captivating festivals, why not venture out to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh?

  1. Climb Arthur’s Seat: Take a hike up to this ancient volcano and local hill for some of the best views in the city. Remember to pack a picnic and enjoy the stunning panorama.
  2. Discover Edinburgh’s Hidden Streets: Wander through the narrow, closes and hidden streets of the Old Town, each one packed with centuries of history and mystery.
  3. Harry Potter Trail: For the Harry Potter fans among you, take a self-guided tour around the city that inspired much of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe.
  4. Visit the Museums and Galleries: With a plethora of museums, galleries and attractions – many of which are free – you can spend many a pleasant hour exploring Edinburgh’s rich history and culture.

Remember, while soaking up the art and culture, don’t forget to enjoy the Scottish warmth and hospitality. With its plethora of cafes, pubs, and restaurants, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to practice your English and mingle with locals and other visitors alike.