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During the summer months, Edinburgh comes alive for festival season and attracts visitors from all over the globe. With a fantastically diverse mix of productions, events and exhibitions, Edinburgh is transformed into a bustling city that never sleeps.

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian offers the perfect location for anyone planning to explore the festivals. Situated at the west end of Princes Street, we are within walking distance of all major venues, and in a prime position for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a huge celebration of music and entertainment that takes place on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Many of our rooms offer amazing views of the fireworks that display over the castle, almost every night, in August.

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

Dating from 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival offers the best in music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe. World-class performances are held in multiple venues including the Edinburgh Playhouse, Festival Theatre, King's Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Usher Hall, the Hub, and Queens Hall.

www.eif.co.uk

Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe

Originally the Edinburgh International Festival alternative, the Fringe has established itself as the world's largest arts festival. It takes place for three weeks every August and showcases all kinds of performing arts. The event stages dance shows, opera, children's shows and music, to name only a few. Stand-up comedy is also featured at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

www.edfringe.com

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo offers an entertainment experience like no other within the prestigious setting of the Edinburgh Castle Grounds. Gathering impressive performers from across the world with spectacular fireworks to boot, this royal event presents an unparalleled experience that is not to be missed.

www.edintattoo.co.uk

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

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. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by a pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

www.edfilmfest.org.uk

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

The biggest of its kind in Britain, the Jazz & Blues Festival is a highlight at the beginning of the festival calendar, making sure everyone is in the mood before its larger festival cousins hit the town.

As its size has increased, so too has the talent and diversity of its acts, with international stars coming together with the very best in Scottish talent to create one of the most vibrant and multicultural of all Edinburgh’s festivals. One of the highlights of the festival is Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket, where a host of acts perform for free in the sun outside many of Edinburgh's oldest and best pubs.

http://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

The Fashion Festival brings together a host of Scottish and international fashion industry figures for four days in Edinburgh’s most unique and beautiful venues. A series of exhibits, shows, talks, workshops and symposiums provide an abundance of creative inspiration year upon year.

www.edinburghinternationalfashionfestival.com

Edinburgh Food Festival

Edinburgh Food Festival

Celebrate all the lovely food and drink that Scotland has to offer at a variety of headline shows taking place over five days. Look out for the country's most talented and respected names from television and both local and national eateries – and, of course, be ready to sample some delicious food!

http://www.edfoodfest.com

Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival

The Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual celebration of visual art, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year. The festival brings 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 creative events.

https://edinburghartfestival.com

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Founded in 2010, the Magic Festival is a unique organisation designed to promote magic as an art form through an annual programme of performances and events. It is the only festival in the UK that focuses purely on magical performances and events for the general public. MagicFest is designed to bring amazing live magic shows back to the stage, and let the audience rediscover the seldom-experienced states of awe and wonderment!

www.magicfest.co.uk/

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Held just around the corner from the hotel in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh International Book Festival is a must for book lovers and poets. An oasis of calm in the centre of the city, the festival is a celebration of the written word and the 'big ideas' that concern our times.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk