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    The most exciting events in Edinburgh throughout August 2019

    August is always the biggest time of year in Edinburgh for one very good reason: It’s FRINGE season!

    For the entire month, the city is turned on its head as the population swells with thousands of visitors making their way here every day from Friday 2nd Aug – Monday 26th  August.

    And while there are hundreds of shows taking place as part of the fringe, there are also some fantastic gigs and events taking place elsewhere, especially if you’re visiting for the incredible line-up at Edinburgh Summer Sessions this year.

    Here is everything you need to know about events taking place in Edinburgh throughout August 2019.

    Top events in Edinburgh in August 2019: 

    More Details on each of the events: 

    Edinburgh Fringe

    • Date: All month long
    • Venue: Across the city

    We’d be remiss if we didn’t start with the main reason Edinburgh gets oh-so-busy in August. All month long, hundreds of venues across the city turn in to theatres and comedy clubs as Fringe fever takes over.

    With our location just off the Royal Mile, it’s the perfect hub for anyone planning to hop around town and catch as many shows as possible.

    If you would like to know more about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, check out our blog post here!

    Edinburgh Arts Festival

    • Date: 25th July – 25th August
    • Venue: Across the city 

    Not to be confused with the Fringe, the Edinburgh Arts Festival takes places at the end of July and runs alongside the main event. 

    The festival has come a long way from humble beginnings in 2004 and now attracts exhibitions from leading international artists as well as homegrown talent. Exhibitions are housed in some fantastic locations including the National Gallery, City Art Centre, Edinburgh Printmakers and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 

    Edinburgh International Festival

    • Date: 2nd – 26th August
    • Venue: Across the city

    Another complimentary festival to the Fringe, the Edinburgh International Festival showcases dance, theatre, classical music, opera and instrumental performances; a melting pot of eclecticism. 

    Some of the highlights this year including a two-night residency for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Usher Hall, and a four-night run of Ian McKellen On Stage at Assembly Hall.

    Florence + the Machine

    • Date: 7th & 8th August
    • Venue: Princes Street Gardens

    Summer Sessions this year is going to be incredible when you look at the line-up we have. Kicking things off in Prince’s Gardens with back to back gigs is Florence & The Machine. We can only imagine what it’s going to sound like when 10,000 plus are singing along to the likes of Shake it Out & Dog Days are Over under the castle.

    Primal Scream (w/Johnny Marr)

    • Date: 10th August
    • Venue: Princes Street Gardens

    A good lashing of Scottish rock with a cheeky dose of one of the UK’s most renowned songwriters. Saturday night is going to be rocking with both Primal Scream and Johnny Marr whizzing through their respective back catalogues.

    Edinburgh International Book Festival

    • Date: 10th – 26th August
    • Venue: Across the city

    You can’t walk too far through the city without catching a glimpse of someone deeply invested in a book. If you can’t get enough of a good page-turner, the International Book Festival is just the ticket.

    With over 900 authors taking part in proceedings, covering everything from history and art to true crime and YA novels, the book festival has something for every kind of reader. 


    • Date: 11th August
    • Venue: Princes Street Gardens 

    They may be Glasgow raised, but for one cheery Sunday evening, Chvrches make Edinburgh their home. Touring off the back of Top10 album Love Is Dead, expect synth-pop bangers and everyone to go crazy when songs like Recover and Bury It start. 

    Lewis Capaldi

    • Date: 13th & 14th August
    • Venue: Princes Street Gardens

    At the time of writing this, Scotland’s own Lewis Capaldi has just made it six weeks at no.1 in the UK charts with the biggest hit of the year so far, Someone You Loved. His stratospheric rise and authenticity have made him one of the hottest acts in the country right now.

    Selling out two nights in a row at the Summer Sessions is no mean feat, and this is shaping up to the best night of the 2019 line-up. 


    • Date: 15th August
    • Venue: Princes Street Gardens

    Quite crazy to believe that James has been going strong for almost 40 years now. This show, in particular, is set to spark off some 90s nostalgia with classics like Sometimes, She’s a Star and Sit Down all expected to be on the setlist.


    • Date: 16th August
    • Venue: Princes Street Gardens 

    With four Gold certified albums and a recent return to their seminal album, St. Jude, Courteeners bring their beloved form of indie rock to the gardens on a Friday night that is going to see many people get into it when the first few notes of Not Nineteen Forever start. 

    A Massaoke Night at the Musicals at Corn Exchange

    • Date: 16th & 17th August
    • Venue: Corn Exchange 

    Amongst all the comedy, plays and talks of the Fringe, there’s one special event we had to draw attention to if you’re visiting over the weekend of the 16th. A Massaoke Night at the Musicals is the chance for music lovers to sing to their heart’s content to hits from musicals like The Greatest Showman, Grease, Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing and so many more. 

    Even if you can’t hold a note, you’ll have no problem being able to belt out these fan favourites at the top of your lungs. 


    • Date: 18th August
    • Venue: Princes Street Gardens

    Get your pork pie hat out of the closet and give it a good dusting. Madness is in town to close affairs at the Summer Sessions with ska anthems that people of all ages love. They’ll be playing all their hits, from It Must Be Love and Baggy Trousers to Our House and One Step Beyond.

    Turing Festival

    • Date: 28th & 29th August
    • Venue: TBC 

    Built on the themes of Build, Grow and Lead, Turing Festival is one of the more unique conferences we have in the city. Billed as a “cross-functional tech conference”, a mixture of speakers from various backgrounds will be showcasing how to use different business strands together. 

    They’ll be looking at topics that include product management, design, marketing, revenue and leadership — definitely an event for any budding entrepreneurs.

    Where to stay in Edinburgh in August 

    Are you coming to Edinburgh for the Fringe or any of the events mentioned here? Or are you simply looking to take a much-needed trip to the capital?

    With our prime location on St Giles Street, we have the perfect spot for anyone who wants to see everything Edinburgh has to offer. From our junior suites to bespoke luxury suites, we have the right room for every kind of guest. 

    Don’t forget to check our offers page to see if you can save when you stay with us.