Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is the hot travel destination in August for 2 reasons — the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In addition to visiting Edinburgh Castle, strolling along Rose Street and exploring the National Museums of Scotland, tourists heading to “Old Smokey” this month should add these 2 fun festivals to their travel itinerary.
The Edinburgh International Festival features some of the best performers in music, theater, opera and dance from around the world like the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The London Philharmonic and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Usher Hall, Festival Theatre, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Theatre and The Queen’s Hall are the primary venues for the annual 3-week festival in August. This festival also offers a variety of talks and workshops, allowing fans the opportunity to sit in on conversations with Festival artists, discussion around current events, issues related to the Festival theme and workshops to offer perspectives like “The Culture of Violence in the Twentieth Century.”
Since 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has grown to become a less-refined alternative to the city’s International Festival, offering attendees 3,000 different shows in 250 venues like Assembly Hall, New Town Theater, The Stand Comedy Club and Summerhall. Edinburgh Fringe — the world’s largest arts festival — showcases the performing arts, particularly theater and comedy. From Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple — there’s something for everyone, including children’s shows, music performances, musicals, opera and spoken word.
Looking for more festival fun? The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Mela Festival and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are also happening this month. So get inspired and start planning your trip to Edinburg with a little help from TravelChannel.com.