During the summer months, Edinburgh comes alive for festival season, attracting 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 the major venues, and in a prime position for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a celebration of music and entertainment that takes place on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Many of our rooms even offer amazing views of the fireworks which occur over the Castle almost every night in August.
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 and Royal Lyceum Theatre, as well as Usher Hall, the Hub and Queens Hall.
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 shows for dance, opera, children's shows, and music, to name only a few. Stand-up comedy is also featured with the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.
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.
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 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.
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 multi-cultural of all Edinburgh's festivals. Regular highlights of the festival programme include Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket, where many of Edinburgh oldest and best pubs can be found, as a host of acts show off their musical talents for free in the sun.
Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
The Fashion Festival brings together a host of Scottish and international fashion industry figures for four days of events 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.
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!
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.
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!
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Held just around the corner from the hotel in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh International Book Festival is a must or book lovers and poets. An oasis of calm in the centre of the city, the festival is a celebration not only of the written word, but also of the big ideas that concern our times.