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August Events In Edinburgh

August is the warmest and sunniest month in Edinburgh, ideal to finish off a packed summer schedule with a great line-up of festivals. Edinburgh has something for everyone from books and food to comedy and the royal military tattoo. Before you buy tickets, book your ideal accommodation in Edinburgh at PREMIER SUITES. Opening in May, our serviced apartments offer the freedom, convenience and flexibility of a home-from-home in the heart of the city, ideal for travellers attending a festival in Edinburgh this August.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Various Venues 4-28th August

Widely known as the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place throughout August in various venues across the city. It is the world’s largest performance art festival, which features more than 59,600 performances of 3,841 different shows in 322 venues. The city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe with something to suit every taste. Expect to see some famous faces alongside up-and-coming acts, both local and international. It’s a hectic, exciting, and really fun month in Edinburgh when Fringe is on and it’s worth every minute. The atmosphere is electric and the vibe in restaurants, pubs and venues is fantastic even if you’re not heading to any of the events.

Edinburgh International Festival – Various Venues 4-27th August

Running alongside Fringe for most of August is Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe’s mature older sibling. This annual festival in the city takes place in hundreds of locations around the city, bringing together notable figures from the international world of music and performing arts. You’ll find visual arts, workshops, talks and exhibitions as part of the programme as well as some intimate concerts and performances. The aim is to bring lovers of creativity together for an educational and inspirational festival accessible to all. Tickets are available for individual performances and events on their website exclusively and many are priced to make them more accessible to the wider public.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Edinburgh Castle Esplanade 4-26th August

Surprisingly nothing to do with the act of tattooing or art, a tattoo is used to describe the last military duty call of the day and is a form of evening entertainment performed by military musicians. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, and artistic performance teams. It was established to bring the Army’s contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival to life through a series of performances. The event takes place at the Tattoo Arena in Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, a very impressive venue in itself. The theme this year is ‘Stories’ and it’s expected to be the biggest and best event ever.

Edinburgh Foodies Festival – Inverleith Park 4-6th August

It wouldn’t be festival season without a food festival! One of the most anticipated and popular things to do in Edinburgh, the Foodies festival takes place in Inverleith Park between 4-6th August and has a whole host of events. You can witness MasterChef Champions, Michelin-starred and top local chefs cooking their signature summer recipes in person. Learn how to make show-stopping cakes with Great BritishBake Off stars sharing their best baking hints and tips live on stage. Over the weekend you can sample new wines, champagnes and cocktails and eat delicious street food from around the world. There are also live music and dance performances and a dedicated kids’ cookery theatre to entertain the little ones. It’s a fun family day out.

Edinburgh Book Festival – Various Venues 12-28th August

There is nothing better than relaxing with a great book on a warm day & the Edinburgh Book Festival will give you the inspiration you need to read more. The festival has adopted a hybrid approach, making many of its events available online. The 2022 Hybrid Book Festival featured 600 events for adults, children, and teens with over 550 authors attending in person to share stories and ideas. You’ll see some familiar faces while getting the chance to meet some up-and-coming writers promoting their work and hosting workshops, talks and readings. It’s an accessible festival with many ‘pay what you can’ ticket prices. Book your accommodation in PREMIER SUITES Edinburgh and be one of the first to enjoy the newest serviced apartments in Edinburgh this August. Contact us to secure our best available rates today to avoid disappointment in what promises to be a busy end to summer 2023.F

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