What’s On in Edinburgh This Spring
May 18, 2018
Sunny days and cherry blossoms lining the streets means spring is well and truly here. There’s lots going on in Edinburgh this spring, from food and drink festivals to award-winning theatre productions.
Whether you’re an Edinburgh resident or just visiting the city for a spring holiday, here’s our Airsorted guide to what’s on in Edinburgh this spring.
Hidden Door Festival
Hidden Door is one of Edinburgh’s coolest arts festivals, and this year it takes place from 25 May to 3 June. Hidden Door opens up secret and abandoned places, transforming them into colourful arts, theatre and music hubs for the week.
The main venues this year are the old Leith Theatre and the former State Cinema building, and the organisers hope to breathe new life into these abandoned venues. You can expect a packed programme of music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word, late-night DJs and special events, plus pop-up bars and street food stalls to enjoy.
25 May-3 June - hiddendoorblog.org
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Beer connoisseurs are in for a treat at the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival this spring. Over 30 craft breweries will be at the event, including local breweries like Hanging Bat Brew Co, Six Degrees North, Stewart Brewing and Fierce Beer. You’ll also be able to sample craft beers from across the world, with breweries from Sweden, Denmark, the USA, Norway, Ireland and Spain taking part.
Held over the bank holiday weekend, 25 to 27 May, at The Biscuit Factory in Leith, you can also tuck into street food from Edinburgh favourites The Pitt, Buffalo Truck, Barnacles & Bones and more. Don’t forget to check out the live music too, as there will be DJ sets from top acts like Mogwai and Two Door Cinema Club.
25-27 May - edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk
Film Fest in the City
Make the most of the beautiful spring sunshine in Edinburgh and watch a movie at an outdoor cinema as part of Film Fest in the City. Taking over St Andrew Square for three days, there’s a varied programme of films for all ages – and best of all, it’s totally free!
Some of the films being show over the weekend include Top Gun, Paddington, Moulin Rouge, Thor: Ragnarok, The Greatest Showman, Ghostbusters and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Grab your picnic blanket and popcorn, and enjoy a unique outdoor cinema experience in Edinburgh this spring.
15-17 June - edinevents.com/film-fest-in-the-city
One of the world’s biggest musicals, Wicked, is coming to Edinburgh this spring. Showing at The Playhouse from 7 May to 8 June, Wicked is a spectacular West End and Broadway smash hit, and the UK tour will transport you to the world of Oz from right here in Edinburgh.
Wicked features a talented cast, including Amy Ross starring as Elphaba and Helen Woolf as Glinda. Tickets are selling out fast, so be quick if you want to snap up a seat at this iconic musical!
7 May-8 June - wickedthemusical.co.uk
Scottish Juniper Festival
Who doesn’t love a G&T? Enjoy a glass (or two) of gin this spring at the Scottish Juniper Festival in Edinburgh. Join in the fun at Summerhall over the weekend of 1 to 3 June, as the gin festival returns for its fifth year.
Take part in masterclasses, visit a working distillery, chat to the experts, sample a wide range of Scottish gins, or indulge in some of Edinburgh’s finest gin cocktails. Whether you’re interested in the history of gin or want to find a new favourite tipple, there’s sure to something to keep you entertained.
1-3 June - solid-liquids.co.uk/juniper
If you venture away from Edinburgh city centre this spring, you’ll find the Leith Festival taking place from the 9 to 17 June. This community festival is a celebration of all things Leith, with an eclectic programme covering art, theatre, music, dance, historic tours and more.
Leith Festival kicks off with a gala day and pageant on 9 June, and comes to a close with the Leith Festival Tattoo on 17 June. The full programme of events is yet to be released, but it’s sure to be a good one.
9-17 June - leithfestival.com
Rip It Up
The National Museum of Scotland is always worth a visit, and this spring they have a new exhibition celebrating the history of Scottish pop music. Open from 22 June, Rip It Up will take you on a musical journey through Scotland’s most iconic moments from the 1950s to the present day.
There will be lots of memorabilia on show (including stage outfits, instruments, props, films and records), telling the stories of influential indie pioneers and global superstars. This exhibition is a must-visit for music fans, especially as it’s the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music.
From 22 June - nms.ac.uk/ripitup
The Meadows are currently full of beautiful spring cherry blossoms, and in a couple of weeks it’ll be the setting for the popular Meadows Festival. This free, volunteer-run event is a great day out if you’re looking for something to do in Edinburgh on a sunny day. This year it’s on from 2-3 June.
You’ll find several stages throughout the Meadows, with live music from local bands like Indigo Velvet, Be Charlotte and Big Fat Panda. There’s also a performance area with everything from belly dancing to swordfighting, a sports area with matches throughout the weekend, and a kids entertainment area with storytelling, hula hooping, craft workshops, face painting and lots more.
2-3 June - jcrossleyzels.wixsite.com/meadowsfestival
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