The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival. Every August for three weeks Scotland’s capital welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.
What to expect at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This famous performing arts festival welcomes a whole host of performances and entertainment comes in the form of theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music and exhibitions. Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. It hosts big names in the world of entertainment as well as unknown artists looking to build their careers. Comedy is the largest section of the festival and one of its biggest appeals.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe has provided a starting point for many famous performers and writers. These have included Rowan Atkinson, Steven Berkoff, Jo Brand, Billy Connolly, Ben Elton and Eddie Izzard.
Event hotspots and hospitality
Street event spaces become the focus of the carnival atmosphere that takes over Edinburgh in August, with thousands of locals and tourists mingling to see the spectacular acts that travel from all over the world to entertain the crowds. Two vibrant performance spaces in the heart of the city include: The High Street on the Royal Mile (between Cockburn Street and George IV Bridge) and the Mound Precinct.
To allow audiences to plan their trips and book their tickets as early as possible, tickets are sold for some shows early in the year. All shows that register for the Festival Fringe are given the option to put their tickets on sale through the Fringe Box Office early.
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This festival is world-renowned and extremely popular from both an audience and performer perspective. In 2016 there were 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues.
The Virgin Money Half-Price Hut is the place to visit during the festival if you have no set plans. Here you can see what tickets are on offer that day and they will be available for half of their usual price.
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You should be casual and comfortable for the festival. Scotland can experience a wide-range of weather conditions at this time of year so keep an eye on the forecast. You should be prepared for sun, warmth, rain, cold and lots and lots of walking. As the committee says: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.”
Edinburgh Airport is near to the city centre and just 8 miles away. The city is also supported by strong train links from Waverley Station and bus routes. However, it will be very busy during this period. Car sharing is encouraged. When it comes to the festival itself, maps are available from all Fringe box offices and ticket collection points as well as various sites across the city.