Things to do in Edinburgh this month
Festivals, music, markets, galleries and activities to keep you busy in July
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
(14 – 23 Jul)
Getting Edinburgh’s festival season off to a swinging start, the Jazz & Blues Festival, The biggest of its kind in Britain, is sure to delight all those in attendance. This ever-growing festival has everything from big band favourites to skiffle, ragtime and freeform jazz on the menu at over 1000 shows that’ll make even the fringe blush.
Polar Extremes at Dynamic Earth
(1 Jul – 28 Aug)
With the heat of summer, why not stay cool at Dynamic Earth. Their Polar Extremes exhibit is full of polar-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. Uncover a world of incredible experiences in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Tour the amazing galleries, get your hands on a real iceberg and much more as part of your dynamic exploration of the coldest places on earth.
Edinburgh Food Festival
(26 – 30 Jul)
Welcoming over 250,000 people last year, Edinburgh Food Festival returns for it’s third year celebrating the finest of Scotland’s food and drink. The festival takes place in George Square Gardens, where artisan producers and stallholders will fill the festival grounds while foodie talks, debates and demos will put the cherry on the top. It completely free to enter, you pay for food and events separately.
Edinburgh Art Festival
(27 Jul – 27 Aug)
Edinburgh Art Festival was founded in 2004 and it has quickly become the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art. Its aim is to bring together Edinburgh’s popular galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists for an exciting programme of special events.
(1 Jul – 18 Sept)
The Museum of Childhood displays a world of automation. Starring clockwork characters. In our cabinet of wonders, see forty astonishing automata from the last two centuries. Meet a beautiful musician who has long outlived her creator and a magician who performs his hundred-year-old tricks.
- Wet Wet Wet (15 Jul)
- Scottish Car Show (15 – 16 Jul)
- Olly Murs (18 Jul)
- Stephen Sutcliffe: Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs (28 Jul – 30 Sep)
- Mardi Gras (15 Jul)
- Edinburgh Festival Carnival (16 Jul)
- National Whisky Festival (22 Jul)
- Edinburgh Blues and Rock Festival (29 Jul)