One of the most famous annual events in Edinburgh is of course the Hogamany celebrations that take place in and around the city centre for New Year. With music and fireworks, bands and displays there is something to appeal to everyone and there are even special concerts in the beautiful gardens in Princes Street. Visit the city in summertime for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a stunning festival of massed bands and military precision. This colourful festival features performers from almost 50 countries. 220,000 people will come to see it live and over 100 million people in 46 countries will watch as the event is broadcast from its stunning Edinburgh Castle venue.
The Scottish capital is known for its many events and festivals, and the Edinburgh Fringe is one of the most exciting. Some of the UK's leading comedy acts made their debuts at the fringe and it attracts visitors from all over the world. Be a part of the fun and book a stay in the city in August; the Fringe festival runs in tandem with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and various other Edinburgh events and the whole city becomes a stage for three thrilling weeks. However, it's not all events on a massive scale, and the Savour Festival in July is a wonderful addition to the city's events calendar Foodies will adore sampling locally produced foods, beers and wines at this elegant culinary festival in Summerhall.
Edinburgh is known for its Tattoo and Hogmanay celebrations, but what about those visiting the city with children? The Meadows Festival in June marks the start of a fabulous programme of summer events in Scotland's magnificent capital. It's a great choice for a family day out, and entrance to this friendly community gathering is free. Bands and musicians appeal to the adults, while terrific workshops and quirky street style entertainers, face painters and puppet shows make it ideal for kids too.
Edinburgh has been welcoming visitors to its unique events and festivals for centuries, and one of the oldest is the Royal Highland Show. Now in its 175th year, the Highland Show takes place in June at Ingliston, and is the UK's biggest agricultural fair. It's far more than tractors, horses and Highland cattle, and thousands of exhibitors from all over the world take part. A much newer event also takes place in June, and though the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling only began in 2013, it has already been described as one of the top cycling festivals in the UK by several publications including the Guardian newspaper. With over 80 events at almost 50 venues throughout the city, cycling fans are spoiled for choice at this fun festival.
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