What’s On in Edinburgh This July

If you’re feeling a bit skint and sad that you’re stuck in Scotland this Summer with no holiday plans, banish those blues and get involved with some of these events. We know you already know about the big ones like the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival – but here are a few more events to keep you occupied over this (hopefully not too dreary) summer:

Edinburgh Food Festival

A word of warning: don’t google The Edinburgh Food Festival if you’re even remotely hungry. The foodie delights on offer at this Assembly-run festival look superb and taste even better. Now in its third year, the festival celebrates the finest Scottish food and drink and takes place in George Square Gardens. You can enter for free and enjoy the foodie talks, debates and demos from top industry figures. 

It wouldn’t be a food festival without the street food vendors and thankfully they’ve invited some of the best. Make sure you save plenty of room because Unami Spice Girl, Chick & Pea, Scoff, Alandas Scottish Seafood, Slow Food Edinburgh and many more will all be at the festival.  


The festival gets more and more popular each year and since over 25,000 people attended last year, we’d recommend heading down early to make the most of the food and drink celebrations.

Edinburgh Art Festival
Image Source:Manfred Lentz / Flickr

With more than 45 exhibitions, spread across 35 venues, the 14th Edinburgh Art Festival has an extensive programme with solo shows from Scottish arts, including Douglas Gordon and Stephen Sutcliffe, alongside displays from international artists.  

Launching just before the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 27 July, the Edinburgh Art Festival brings together galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, and showcases new public art commissions by established and emerging artists.  

One of the highlights of the festival is Platform, which offers a dedicated opportunity for artists in the early stages of their career to make and present new work in the festival programme. Held at The Fire Station at Lauriston Place, the selected artists will present performance, filmmaking, photography, soun installation and sculpture, to demonstrate the breadth and vitality of contemporary art practice in Scotland. 


Edinburgh Colour Bomb Carnival: Sighthill Park 30 June – 9 July

Colourbomb Carnival

Release your inner kid at Sighthill Park with the Colour Bomb Carnival. There’s fairground rides, colour bombs and all the usual carnival fun, it’s just a lot messier than usual.  

For the environmentally conscious among us, you’ll be glad to know the colour bomb powder is biodegradable, made from safe natural corn starch and designed to be very vivid and vibrant.  

The carnival plans to travel across Scotland with stops at Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee, so look out for confirmation of these dates if you can’t make it through to Edinburgh between 30 June – 9 July.  


In association with Oxjam Edinburgh, the Grassmarket stage will be coming out on 8 July to showcase some of the best local musicians in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful settings.  

Alongside the weekly Saturday market, the stage will feature live acoustic music from midday from performers including Andrew Nicol, Mike West, Lyndsey Craig, Kathy Muir, Hollerin‘ Franklin, Luna Delirious and Sam Morris Muzak 

The stage will return throughout the summer on 22 July, 29 July, 2 September9 September, 16 September and 23 September. 


Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s infamous love story Romeo & Juliet. 

Performed by The Three Inch Fools – a five-strong troupe who travel the UK turning literally any setting into a stage (they’ve performed on a garlic farm) with their set, props, costumes and camping gear – the actors highly imaginative, musical take on the classic love story at Lauriston Castle on 17 July is definitely worth a watch. 


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