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Awesome events you should experience this August

19 . 07 . 2016

We’ve made life (a lot) easier for you and picked some Edinburgh Festival events which we think would be a blast.

In August the number of people in Edinburgh nearly doubles… and they are not just coming for the scenery. They are here for the Edinburgh festival season! From the Edinburgh International Book Festival to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival, Foodies Festival, and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the city is brimming with events, shows and general things to enjoy.

However, it is quite difficult to keep on top of all the things to enjoy, so we’ve made life (a lot) easier for you and picked some events which we think would be enjoyable a blast. After browsing through numerous festival programmes, we’ve made an excellent selection and hope you will enjoy. Let us know on Twitter if you’ve got any more suggestions – we would be delighted to hear them.

Danny O’Brien’s Who Breaks up with Stella

Where: El Sabor on Cowgate

When: 6th to 27th, 5.15pm

How much: Free

What: Free shows during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be a bit of a hit or miss. But trust us with this one, it is a a comedy hit. Telling tales of his ventures to Australia and playing with stereotypes of his fellow country men, Irish comedian Danny O’Brien will keep you laughing out loud for the duration of his 50 minute set. Read more on Facebook…

Photo Credit: Danny O’ Brien Comedy Facebook Page

Edinburgh Festival Project

Where: The Biscuit Factory

When: 5th – 28th August 2016, 7pm

How much: £40

What: For lovers of industrial raw spaces, the Biscuit Factory is the perfect location. And for lovers of good locally sourced food, Dram & Smoke organises the perfect happenings. Bring these two together in one cosy ‘dinner party’ event and you’ve got something that could be truly magic. In August Dram & Smoke are going to be serving up a 4-course tasting menu, Naked Grouse whisky cocktails and a promising playlist in The Biscuit Factory offering a tasty alternative to those who might want to escape the madness of the Edinburgh festival. Read more…

Colin Cloud: Exposé

Where: Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe

When: 3rd – 28th August, 9pm

How much: £8

What: Some people think Magic Shows just involve lame card tricks and making objects float, but magic can be much more than that. Having experienced 20 minutes of Colin Cloud’s show at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, we can guarantee that your mind will be blown if you decide to see him as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You’ll be laughing out loud sitting with your mouth open while he casually reads audience members’ minds like it’s the most normal thing in the world. Read more…

Comedy, Craft Beer and Curry

Where: V Deep in Leith

When: 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th August 2016, 12.45pm

How much: £20

What: The magic three Cs united in perfect harmony. Head down to Leith’s first address of cool – Scotland’s first Communal Craft Beer & Curry Bar – for an evening of laughter with Fringe favourites and great food. Read more…

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Ceilidh in The Caves

Where: The Caves on Cowgate

When: 5th – 27th August 2016, 11pm

How much: £10

What: We’re going to let you in on a little secret here: the Edinburgh vaults. Did you know, that the grand Old Town of Edinburgh has a bit of a hidden city underneath its cobbled streets? Some of these vaults can be accesses by going on a Vault Ghost Tour or visiting The Real Mary King’s Close, for example, and others have been converted to stunning event venues like The Caves. And what better way to have a little look around this mysterious part of the Scottish capital by going for a typical Scottish experience – a ceilidh – during the Edinburgh festival season. Wikipedia defines it as “a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing,” and that’s what you get. It usually involves quite a lot of set dances (which will be explained by the “dance caller”, don’t worry) and is great fun. Read more…

La Dolce Vita at Contini Ristorante

Where: Contini Ristorante on George Street

When: 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August 2016, 9.15pm

How much: £25

What: While the summer is playing hide and seek (mainly hide) in Scotland, Contini Restaurant is bringing summer to the city with an all-night Italian party affair. Live music, welcome drinks and authentic Italian antipasti will brighten your mood and cure your summer withdrawal symptoms. Read more…


Where: Spiegeltent on Charlotte Square Gardens

When: 14th – 29th August 2016, from 9pm

How much: Free but some events require paid tickets

What: By now the Edinburgh International Book Festival is an institution in the city bringing discussions, readings and your favourite authors to Scotland. Unbound, a mini festival in the festival takes place every night and will entertain audiences with everything related to books… word-play, music, laughs and much more. Grab a friend, grab a drink, grab a seat, be amazed. Read more…

Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella

Where: Pleasance Courtyard

When: 3rd – 14th and 16th – 28th August 2016, 7:15pm

How much: £12

What: Having accumulated a large social media following hilariously spoofing the healthy #cleaneats movement, Bella Younger’s comedy show will be surely our highlight during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Have a look at her Instagram if you need convincing that this will be indeed fun(ny). Read more…

Museum After Hours – Friday Fringe Takeover

Where: National Museum of Scotland

When: 12th, 19th and 26th August 2016

How much: £18

What: Always wanted to have your very own Night at the Museum? Well, here we go. On three dates throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe The National Museum of Scotland opens its door after hours and for over 18s only. Visitors will be able to enjoy hand-picked performers, music, comedy and maybe a little alcoholic beverage. Read more…

Elliot Bibby’s Travel Magic

Where: The Liquid Rooms on Victoria Street

When: 6th – 28th August 2016, 10pm

How much: Free

What: Edinburgh’s got tremendous local talent an Elliot Bibby is one of its finest example. The brilliant magician leaves audiences stunned and has received raving reviews like this one from Chloe on Twitter “Amazing show by @magicbibby – so incredibly talented!! 5 stars, I left in awe!! EVERYONE GO SEE.” You should see it for yourself! Read more on Facebook…

Photo Credit: Elliot Bibby’s Facebook Page

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Where: C venues on Chamber Street

When: 9th – 14th anc 16th – 29th August 2016, 10am

How much: £7.50 – £9.50

What: By now you might be worried that the author of this post is obsesses with food and while that is partially true, this event is a good shout to start your day in Fringe style with Shakespeare, coffee and a croissant. Be quick to reserve your spot as this event is a sell-out event. Read more…

The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time

Where: Castle Terrace Arena

When: 7th August, 10.30pm

How much: Free

What: The opening of the Edinburgh International Festival always proves to be a grand affair and this year it won’t disappoint the masses either. The free (but ticketed) show will include the Edinburgh Castle being lit up with digital animation accompanied by music by Mogwai. Read more…

Photo Credit: 59 Productions

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