The Edinburgh festival is the biggest arts festival on the planet. What makes it such a unique experience is the artists, comedians, poets, and fans that head to this artistic mecca in Scotland’s capital city every year. There truly is something for everyone – from street performances to plays and theatre productions designed exclusively for children – making it so family friendly too.
For the past six years, I have found myself back at the festival, taking in the best of what the world has to offer in performance art. Ranging from the hilarious to the creative (I once sat through a spoken word piece where the artist compared her life to a credit score chart), the bold to the outrageous, it is such a colorful and original spectacle. I feel that everyone should take a trip to Edinburgh and witness the festival at least once. Much like opening a large bag of chips, however, you will always come back.
Visiting the Edinburgh Festival more than once means you learn how to do it the next time around. Tickets do sell fast for the larger events, so one thing you can do is get your hands on program guides in advance. This will give you somewhat of a heads up when it comes to ensuring seats for certain performances.
However, if this is simply just something you would prefer to do off the cuff, you may be surprised at just how many performances and shows you will come across. Some of the biggest shows still have tickets available, even after they sell out initially. There are many free events, too. That means that you can float around and take your pick a lot of the time too.
Do the Edinburgh Festival Right
What you will want to sort out as quickly as possible is accommodation. The prices of hotels, hostels, and pretty much anywhere with a bed skyrocket around the time of the festival. Do your best to book in advance. And, if going with a number of friends or family, try to find somewhere big enough to accommodate you all. Aside from hotels, there are also many options on Airbnb.
There are a number of cool eateries and bars dotted around the charming streets of Edinburgh, so you will not be found wanting. Check out some of the smaller performances with a beer or two. There are many of the hosting pubs in the city. This is also a good way to meet new people. And you can get some advice on what shows and performances to see. There are a number of potential superstars cutting their teeth here. So you may find something you never even knew of before.
The same reason I visited the Edinburgh Festival in the first place keeps me coming back. It is a magical place at that time of year, and there is simply so much to see and do. Sampling the local food and drink is always fun. But being around like-minded people with cheesy grins on their faces and laughter in their eyes? That makes it the best festival in the world.