What would it be like if an entire city was turned into one major performing arts stage? That is exactly what happens during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival held every year during the month of August. It is truly a sight to behold and something that every person should experience at least once.
An Entire City Turns into a Performing Arts Stage
Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival is unique. Instead of requiring performing artists to audition or try out, anyone who wants to perform and who can find a place to host their performance is allowed to take part in the festival.
This means that you will find singers, musicians, actors, and other performers almost anywhere. There are performances in parks, on the streets, in private gardens, and on stages. In recent years, it is estimated that there are over 3,100 performances held throughout the festival and that number seems to keep growing each year.
People love attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival because you get to see some of the most talented performing artists. Some of these artists have been practicing their craft for years, while others are just starting out.
In addition to live performances, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival also puts on several street fairs. Attending a street fair you will be guaranteed to have a good time as there will be multiple live performances, arts and crafts vendors, and lots of tasty treats and food.
Thinking of attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival? It is held throughout the month of August. This year, for 2019, performances will be held from 2 August until 26 August.
See What Else Edinburgh has to Offer
While the Fringe Festival is absolutely amazing and could keep you busy the entire time you are in Edinburgh, you should still plan on trying to see what else the area has to offer. The following are some of the absolute “must visit” attractions throughout Edinburgh:
- Edinburgh Castle – a traditional Scottish castle open for tours. Tour highlights include seeing the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny, and St. Margaret’s Chapel
- Tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia – this huge luxury yacht which used to be used by the Royal Family is open for tours
- Dine at the exclusive and intimate Field Restaurant
- Sample Scottish whisky by taking part in the Scotch Whisky Experience Tour
- Enjoy the view by taking a trip to Arthur’s Seat – a giant volcano that gives you amazing views of the entire area – or head up to Scott Monument
- Take part in a walking tour of the city – there are so many historical attractions and landmarks to see around the city. A walking tour gives you the chance to see the sights and learn more about the history of the area
If you are visiting Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, you can do a lot of these things in between performances that you wish to attend.