August has arrived and that means the biggest art festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is here! With thousands of shows, exhibitions, and performances to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for entertainment during your visit to Edinburgh. As well as the Edinburgh Festival, the city’s reputation as the City of Festivals comes into its own and you can look forward to the Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Foodies Festival, and Edinburgh International Book Festival. If that wasn’t enough the fantastic Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo is back, and the month of August comes to an exciting close with the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert! So, continue scrolling to discover Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: August 2019!
What’s on in Edinburgh this August?
Before we delve into our top tips for the month, let’s have a look at what is taking place in Edinburgh this August.
• Edinburgh Art Festival | throughout August, Various Locations
• Edinburgh Festival Fringe | throughout August, Various Locations
• Edinburgh International Festival | throughout August, Various Locations
• The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo | throughout August, Edinburgh Castle
• Aberdeen Standard Investments Festival Opening Event | 3rd August, Festival Square
• Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens | from 7th August, Princes Street Gardens
• Forth On The Fringe | from 9th-10th August, Edinburgh Playhouse
• Edinburgh International Book Festival | 10th-26th August, Charlotte Square
• Fair & Ethical Trade on the Fringe | 12th-18th August, Castle Street
• Edinburgh TV Festival | 21st – 23rd August, EICC
• Virgin Money Festival Fireworks Concert | 26th August, West Princes Street Gardens
Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: August 2019
1. Where to Eat…
Edinburgh is blessed with so many fantastic places to dine out, here are just a few of our recommendations for this month.
Edinburgh Foodies Festival (2nd-4th August, Inverleith Park)
Here’s one for the foodies! The popular Edinburgh Foodies Festival is back, where you can watch top chefs cooking live on stage, enjoy live music, try delicious street food from around the world, and much more. The Foodies Festival is on for three days in Inverleith Park, click here for more info.
Festival Pop-ups (Various Locations)
As you walk about the city during August, you’ll notice in certain areas, like George Square and Bristo Square, a small cluster of street food pop-ups have arrived to ensure you don’t go hungry between festival shows. From the Pizza Geeks’ legendary pizzas to the ShrimpWreck’s tasty seafood, there’s plenty to try out!
The Free Company (Cockdurno Farmhouse, Balerno)
Established in 2017, The Free Company are based at Cockdurno Farm and believe in the reinvigoration of forgotten rural communities and spaces. For a few months of the year, the Free Company fling their doors open for their hugely popular seasonal series. Tickets are currently available to their 'Summer Series', where you can expect a four-course meal based on the bounties of the Scottish Summer, using locally grown produce.
2. Must-See Event… Edinburgh International book festival (10th-26th august)
Set up in 1983, the Edinburgh International Book Festival started as a relatively small affair and has grown to become one of the key events in August’s festival season. Based in Charlotte Square, the event has over 900 exciting events lined up. Visitors can expect various ‘Meet the Author’ events, the Baillie Gifford Children's Programme, and lively debates. Click here for the full programme.
3. Spotlight on… The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2nd-26th August)
Normally, we take a moment to shine a light on one of Edinburgh’s fabulous areas, but with the Festival season upon us, we thought it only right to dedicate this month’s spotlight to the Fringe Festival. In just a few days, the world’s largest arts festival will descend on the Scottish capital, bringing with it a plethora of comedians, actors, and heaps of creativity. There are so many ways to take part, from booking a ticket to see a must-see show or spontaneously attending the Free Fringe, to waking down the Royal Mile and watching various street performers. There isn’t a dull moment during the Festival! However, the sheer scale of events can make it overwhelming for both newcomers and experienced fans. To help you navigate the Fringe Festival, we’ve selected a few must-see shows to give you a taste of what’s on offer.
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass | Pleasance Courtyard, until 19th August
Ogg n Ugg n Dogg | Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 August
Chores | Assembly George Square Gardens, until 25th August
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo | Underbelly at Bristo Square, until 26th August
Ahir Shah: Dots | Monkey Barrel Comedy 3, until 25th August
Sophie Duker: Venus | Pleasance Courtyard, until 25th August
Jessica Fostekew: Hench | Monkey Barrel Comedy 4, until 25th August
Michael Odewale: #BLACKBEARSMATTER | Pleasance Courtyard, until 25th August
Just Desserts | Underbelly, Cowgate – Belly Button, until 11th August
Bobby and Amy | Pleasance Courtyard, until 26th August
Islander: A New Musical | Roundabout at Summerhall, until 25th August
Enough | Traverse Theatre, until 25th August
Lastly, don’t forget about the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event (3rd August, free) which marks the start of the Edinburgh Festival and the Virgin Money Festival Fireworks Concert which brings the Festival to an exciting close (26th August, from £15).
It sounds like it’s going to be quite a month! If you’d like to discover Edinburgh with our local lads, Rowan & Andy, we have a range of fantastic private mini car tours.
Mini Mack tours offer a range of private Mini car tours in and around the heart of Edinburgh. It’s a great way to pack a lot into one day and see sights that most visitors (and even locals) have never seen. From private city tours to Whisky n’ Cheese tours to a day trip to St Andrews, there’s something for everyone!