Edinburgh Sky line with Autumn leaves

Autumn in Edinburgh

The Festivals are over and we still have 79 days until the Christmas Markets open – not that we’re counting. Not to worry, there is plenty to keep you entertained this Autumn in Edinburgh, from comedy and theatre shows to Halloween celebrations and more festivals.


September 2016

Sunday 11th September the Royal Mile will once again be packed. Not with street performers this time but with over 250 horses for the annual Riding of the Marches. The riders will enter the Royal Mile by the Scottish Parliament at around 15:40 and ride up the Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross before finishing the ride at Kings Stables Road at around 16:40. Fingers crossed the weather stays dry!



Also this month, comedy is provided by the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan on the 27th September and Ross Noble on the 30th September, both at the Festival Theatre. If you’re looking for something more educational, Professor Brian Cox will be live at the Usher Hall on the 22nd September but if you can’t make that, he’ll be back at the Playhouse on the 7th May 2017.


October 2016

If by now, you’re missing the festival feeling, October has you covered. First up is a personal favourite of ours – Gin Festival! At the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October. Currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist for the Friday evening session and hope for the best!


If you can’t get tickets, why not choose another boozy festival? Oktoberfest returns from the 5th-9th October and turns Princes Street Gardens into a little slice of Munich for a few days. Well worth a visit.


The Scottish Storytelling Festival runs from the 21st-31st October. Live events for adults and children, networking events, ceilidhs, readings, workshops and exhibitions. This years theme is Festival of Dreams and the full programme will be available here from tomorrow (1st September).


The theatre is a great place to be this month, there’s the Full Monty at the Kings Theatre from the 24th-29th October and the family favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starring Jason Manford and Phil Jupitus, will be at the Festival Theater from the 5th-16th October.


November 2016

CHRISTMAS MARKETS! There might be other things going on this month but we can’t stop thinking about Edinburgh Christmas markets! The Markets open on the 18th November and run until the 8th January. Head over and grab a mulled wine or a traditional German Bratwurst or try a bit of everything!


Also on this month, there will be fireworks across the city for Bonfire Night, Remembrance events taking place at a number of war memorials and from the 13th October the spectacular Botanic Lights.


The theatres are packed with shows again, such as The Catherine Tate Show Live on the 7th November, Ghost from the 21st-26th and Mamma Mia closing the 2016 theatre programme from the 29th November 2016 – 7th January 2017.