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    Get to Know The Most Notable Events in Edinburgh this November 2019

    While it might be one of the coldest months in the calendar (in large part due to being so close to the Water of Leith), it doesn’t mean that everyone stays indoors and refuses to come out for most of November. 

    This time of year is a fantastic time to visit our city. You might need to pack a heavier jacket and scarf, but you can’t miss out on all the amazing events taking place this month across the city; from German beer frolicking and wine tasting to rocking out with the likes of Vampire Weekend and Emeli Sandé.

    Planning your trip to Edinburgh this November and wondering what to get up to? Here are our picks of the best events taking place across town this month.

    Top 17 Events in Edinburgh in November 2019:

    1. Edinburgh Oktoberfest 2019 at West Prince St Gardens – 30th October to 3rd November
    2. Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience at Assembly Roxy – 31st October to 2nd November
    3. Edinburgh Men’s 10K at Royal Mile to Murrayfield – 3rd November
    4. Priscilla Queen of the Desert (The Musical) at Edinburgh Playhouse – 5th to 9th November
    5. Vampire Weekend at Usher Hall – 7th November
    6. CheeseFest at Royal Highland Centre – 9th November
    7. 9 to 5 The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse – 12th to 16th November
    8. Gun Salute at Edinburgh Castle – 14th November
    9. Fizz Feast Edinburgh at Edinburgh Academy – 16th November
    10. Kilts and Captivity at Edinburgh Castle – 16th and 17th November
    11. Scots Fiddle Fest at The Pleasance – 16th and 17th November
    12. Emeli Sandé at Usher Hall – 17th November
    13. Tim Minchin at Edinburgh Playhouse – 19th November
    14. NOW That’s What I Call The 80s Live at Usher Hall – 23rd November
    15. Christmas at the Botanics – 22nd November – 29th December
    16. Sigrid at Usher Hall – 26th November
    17. Danny Elfman Gala at Usher Hall – 29th and 30th November

    More details on each of the events this November: 

    1. Edinburgh Oktoberfest 2019

    • Date: 30th October to 3rd November
    • Venue: West Prince St Gardens 

    Slipping its way into the start of the month (which just so happens to be on the weekend), Edinburgh Oktoberfest is wrapping up affairs in the middle of the gardens with plenty of food & drink, live music and a few folks flaunting their lederhosen. And if you’re visiting on the last day, check out the Sunday lunch deal.

    2. Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience

     Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience - people drinking beer

    • Date: 31st October to 3rd November
    • Venue: Assembly Roxy 

    Prefer a fancy IPA to an oversized Steiner? Then swap Oktoberfest for Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience to try fancy beers from small breweries around the country. 

    The experience is separated into different sessions, with more than 20 breweries taking over three floors of the building. You can find out more about ticket prices and session times here.

    3. Edinburgh Men’s 10K

     Edinburgh Men’s 10K run

    • Date: 3rd November
    • Venue: Across the city

    Sunday morning races are quite common here in the city. This 10K aimed at promoting men’s heaths issues has a fantastic route from Royal Mile (right at our front door), through Prince Street Gardens and Grassmarkets out to Murrayfield Stadium.

    The entry target is £100, and those interested can find out more information here.

    4. Priscilla Queen of the Desert (The Musical)

    • Date: 5th to 9th November
    • Venue: Edinburgh Playhouse

    The first of two high profile movie-based musicals gracing the stage of the Playhouse this month (more on the latter below), we’re expecting Priscilla Queen of the Desert (The Musical) to be a sell-out all week with how much people love going to drag shows right now.

    We expect at least some ABBA and CeCe Peniston in there.

    5. Vampire Weekend

    • Date: 7th November
    • Venue: Usher Hall

    Coming hot on the heels of their fantastic comeback album Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend have chosen Edinburgh as one of only four UK stops on their sold-out tour.

    It’s going to be an incredible Saturday night in Usher hall with songs from the new album and classics from Contra and Modern Vampires of the City. 

    6. Cheesefest

     Cheesefest - cheese

    • Date: 9th November
    • Venue: Royal Highland Centre

    Quite a weird event, but one that should be a bit of fun. Cheesefest is a hybrid festival. One side of it is all about cheese and the varieties you can have from food stalls and cheesemakers. On the other side, it’s a celebration of Wallace & Gromit, noted cheese lovers. 

    If you are a fan of stop motion animation, cheddar, or both together, this has to be the event of the month for you.

    7. 9 to 5 (The Musical)

    • Date: 12th to 16th November
    • Venue: Edinburgh Playhouse

    Everyone knows the song, but younger people don’t realise that 9 to 5 was the theme song to a movie of the same name. 

    This Dolly Parton approved musical is based off it. If someone has never seen the film before, it’s a great idea to take them with no prior knowledge so they can enjoy the show as much as possible.

    8. Gun Salute at Edinburgh Castle

    • Date: 14th November
    • Venue: Edinburgh Castle 

    People outside of the city wouldn’t know this, but the castle rarely does gun salutes. Usually reserved for major events in the royal calendar, this salute in the middle of the month will be for Prince of Wales's birthday.

    9. Fizz Feast

     Fizz Feast

    • Date: 16th November
    • Venue: Edinburgh Academy

    Cheers to the weekend. This is the fourth year of Fizz Feast, a special day dedicated to tickling taste buds with all things Fizz. Lovers of Cava, Prosecco, Champagne and pretty much any drink with bubbles will want to go and sample tipples and try artisan food from local producers. 

    10. Kilts & Captivity

    • Date: 16th & 17th November
    • Venue: Edinburgh Castle 

    If you love learning about unique events in Scottish history, Kilts & Captivity needs to be in the diary. You’ll hear tales about failed Jacobite risings in the Highlands and get an official history of why the kilt is so important.

    11. Scots Fiddle Fest

     Scots Fiddle Fest

    • Date: 16th & 17th November
    • Venue: The Pleasance 

    A lovely way to spend the weekend, and a lovely little walk down the road from Fraser Suites Edinburgh, Scots Fiddle Fest calls The Pleasance home for another year as we celebrate the best of fiddle and traditional music.

    12. Emeli Sandé

    • Date: 17th November
    • Venue: Usher Hall

    A bit of Sandé on a Sunday. Does the end of the week get any smoother than that?

    She’ll have released her third studio album Real Life in September, which would you believe is only her third album. 

    Tickets start at £38.

    13. Tim Minchin

    • Date: 19th November
    • Venue: Edinburgh Playhouse

    It was surprising to learn that this show is part of Tim Minchin’s first UK tour since 2011. Many of us will remember seeing him in tiny venues around town all those years he took part in the Fringe.

    The show, at time of writing, was already sold out, giving you an idea of just much he’s adored here in Edinburgh. 

    14. NOW That’s What I Call The 80s Live

     NOW That’s What I Call The 80s Live banner

    • Date: 23rd November
    • Venue: Usher Hall 

    The very first NOW album came out on the 23rd November 1983, and just shy of its 36th Birthday, NOW takes over Usher Hall for a Saturday night of nothing but 80s pop bangers.

    The event isn’t a DJ but a full live band running through the gamut of beloved 80s classics. You can pretty much guarantee they’ll play pop classics you like. 

    15. Christmas at the Botanics

    • Date: 22nd November – 29th December
    • Venue: Botanic Gardens

    Trying to stop Edinburgh from getting ready for Christmas is a very futile gesture. We love making the city look as festive as possible, and now becoming something of a tradition, the Botanic Gardens turn in to one incredible Christmas display at night.

    This years' experience includes a laser garden, festive flotilla with glowing boats on the water and a Scented Fire Garden.

    Tickets are already available here, with discounts for families. Just remember, you’ll be outdoors the entire time in a park so wrap up warm and wear something, so your feet don’t get wet. 

    16. Sigrid


    • Date: 26th November
    • Venue: Usher Hall 

    It’s baffling to know that Sigrid has only released one album so far in her career. Sucker Punch, which came out in March, has seen some of the biggest pop hits of the last few years. Expect her to perform everything from the album, including mega hits Strangers, Don’t Kill My Vibe and Don’t Feel Like Crying. 

    17. Danny Elfman Gala

    • Date: 29th and 30th November
    • Venue: Usher Hall

    You could spend all day naming movies and TV shows Danny Elfman has been the composer of. From The Simpsons and Mission: Impossible to pretty much any Tim Burton movie, his compositions have been the backbone of many of our most beloved films and TV shows.

    While the man himself won’t be making an appearance at this event, collaborator John Mauceri holds court as we run through some of his most memorable scores with the RSNO. If you’ve never been the biggest fan of classical music, but love movies, there’s no better setting to witness a full orchestra perform the music you know and love. 

    Tickets start at £19 and are available from the RSNO website.

    Where to stay in Edinburgh in November?

    Something you’ve seen in the line-up above tickled your fancy, or already planning a trip to our beautiful city this November? 

    Take the hassle out of searching around for accommodation and bag yourself an offer on one of the incredible suites here at Fraser Suites Edinburgh. If you book in advance, you might be able to save with one of our advanced purchase offers that could see you get up to 10% off one of our junior suites or bespoke luxury suites.

    With our location right in the heart of the city, you won’t find anywhere better to have a luxury experience from a stay in Edinburgh.