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Known for its breathtaking beauty during the fall season, Edinburgh becomes a true spectacle. The parks adorn themselves with vibrant hues of yellow, orange, and red, creating an absolute feast for the eyes. Moreover, Autumn offers a tranquil experience as the tourist rush subsides after July and August, allowing for a more serene exploration of the city. To top it off, Edinburgh boasts a reputation as one of the world’s most haunted cities, making it an ideal destination for discovering spine-chilling stories just in time for Halloween.

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What’s on in Edinburgh this Autumn?

September

September in Edinburgh is a delightful autumn month characterised by warm temperatures. Along with the captivating tourist attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House, both located at either end of the renowned Royal Mile, there is a generous assortment of events taking place in the city. Take a look at what awaits you in Edinburgh this September.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mrs Brown Rides Again, Edinburgh Playhouse, 7 – 10 Sep

Christine and the Queens, Usher Hall, 8 Sep

Stephen Lynch: The Time Mac Hine Tour, Queens Hall, 8 Sep

Tony Blackburn: Sounds of the Sixties Live, Usher Hall, 12 Sep

The King and I, Edinburgh Playhouse, 12 – 16 Sep

Echo and the Bunnymen, Usher Hall, 14 Sep

Music from the Movies, St Giles’ Cathedral, 15 Sep

Candlelight: The Soundtracks of Jane Austen, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 15 Sep

Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 15 Sep

The Bohemians: A Night of Queen, Liquid Room, 16 Sep

Romeo and Juliet, Festival Theatre, 19 – 23 Sep

Candlelight: 100 Years of Warner Bros. St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 22 Sep

 

Festivals and Special Events

Edinburgh Riding of the Marches, city centre, 10 Sep

Fleurs De Villes VOYAGE, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 15 – 24 Sep

BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Festival Theatre, 16 Sep

Doors Open Days, various venues, 23-24 Sep

EH1 Festival, Royal Highland Centre, 23 Sep

 

Activities and Experiences

Harris Tweed Handbag Workshop, Islander Workshop, every Tue & Fri

Edinburgh Cheese Crawl, Comely Bank, every Sat

Edinburgh Beer Tour, High Street, selected dates

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, various venues, 5, 12, 19, 22 & 26 Sep

Art and Textiles Workshops, Dovecot Studios, 9, 16, 22- 23 & 30 Sep

 

Markets and Fairs

Edinburgh Farmers Market, Castle Terrace, every Sat Grass market Weekly Market, Grass market, every Sat

Leith Market, Dock Place, every Sat

Ocean Terminal Market, Ocean Terminal, every Sat & Sun

Edinburgh Car Boot Sale, O2 Academy, every Sat & Sun

Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street, every Sun

Edinburgh Wedding Exhibition, Murray eld Stadium, 2 – 3 Sep

Castle St Fair, Castle Street, 4 – 10 Sep

Edinburgh Flea Market, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, TBC

 

Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, Bonnie & Wild, 1 Feb – 31 Jan

Local Foreigners: the human face of immigration, Museum of Edinburgh, 11 Mar – 10 Sep

Decades: The Art of Change 1900–1980, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 29 Apr – 7 Jan

When the Apple Ripens: Peter Howson at 65, City Art Centre, 27 May – 1 Oct

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 17 Jun – 10 Sep

Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation, Palace of Holyrood house, 22 Jun – 18 Sep

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: 45th Parallel, Talbot Rice Gallery, 24 Jun – 30 Sep

Jesse Jones: The Tower, Talbot Rice Gallery, 24 Jun – 30 Sep

Beyond the Little Black Dress, National Museum of Scotland, 1 Jul – 29 Oct

Scottish Landscapes: A New Generation, Dovecot Studios, 1 Jul – 7 Oct

Wonder Women at Dovecot, Dovecot Studios, 1 Jul – 7 Oct

Grayson Perry, Scottish National Gallery, 22 Jul – 12 Nov

Scottish Women Artists, Dovecot Studios, 28 Jul – 6 Jan

Uniquely Scottish Silver, National Museum of Scotland, 5 Aug – 26 May

Rising Tide, National Museum of Scotland, 12 Aug – 14 Apr

Windrush Legacy Creative Reactions, Museum of Edinburgh, 2 Sep – 28 Jan

 

Sport and Fundraising Events

The Moon Walk, Holyrood Park, 9 Sep

Inatable 5K, Hopetoun Estate, 9 Sep

 

October

October in Edinburgh is a pleasantly mild Autumn month, albeit the rainiest time of the year. Don’t forget to bring your coat and umbrella! However, even if it does rain, there are numerous indoor attractions to explore. These include the renowned Scotch Whisky Experience, the fascinating Camera Obscura World of Illusions, and the thrilling Edinburgh Dungeons. Allow us to share what exciting events are happening in Edinburgh this October.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

Sister Act, Festival Theatre, 2 – 7 Oct

The Waterboys, Usher Hall, 3 Oct Alfie Boe, Usher Hall, 5 Oct

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & The Lark Ascending, St Giles’ Cathedral, 6 Oct

All The Old 45s: Very Best of Deacon Blue, Usher Hall, 10 – 11 Oct

Haircut 100, Queens Hall, 13 Oct Lloyd Cole, Usher Hall, 14 Oct

Scottish Ballet: Twice Born, Festival Theatre, 20 – 21 Oct

Royal Blood, Usher Hall, 21 Oct Usher Hall, 22 Oct

Disney’s Aladdin, Edinburgh Playhouse, 24 Oct – 18 Nov

Treason The Musical, Festival Theatre, 25 – 28 Oct Dawn French, EICC, 27 Oct

Munya Chawawa, O2 Academy, 28 Oct Christian Brighty: Playboy, The Stand, 28 Oct

 

Festivals and Special Events

Oktoberfest, West Princes Street Gardens, 5 – 8 Oct

Edinburgh Cocktail Week, various venues, 6 – 15 Oct

Comic Con Scotland, Royal Highland Centre, 7 – 8 Oct

Gin & Rum Festival, Assembly Rooms, 14 Oct

Scottish International Storytelling Festival, various venues, 17 – 29 Oct

Edinburgh Horror Festival, various venues, 26 – 31 Oct

Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Summerhall, TBC

Samhuinn Fire Festival, Holyrood Park, TBC

 

Activities and Experiences

Harris Tweed Handbag Workshop, Islander Workshop, every Tue & Fri

Edinburgh Cheese Crawl, Comely Bank, every Sat

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, various venues, 3, 10, 17, 20, 24 & 31 Oct

Museum Late: Fashionably Late, National Museum of Scotland, 6 Oct

Collection Centre Tour, National Museums Collection Centre Granton, 25 Oct

Art and Textiles Workshops, Dovecot Studios, TBC

 

Markets and Fairs

Edinburgh Farmers Market, Castle Terrace, every Sat Grass market Weekly Market, Grass market, every Sat Leith Market, Dock Place, every Sat

 

Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, Bonnie & Wild, 1 Feb – 31 Jan

Alberta Whittle: create dangerously, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 1 Apr – 7 Jan

Decades: The Art of Change 1900–1980, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 29 Apr – 7 Jan

When the Apple Ripens: Peter Howson at 65, City Art Centre, 27 May – 1 Oct

Collective, 24 Jun – 1 Oct

Beyond the Little Black Dress, National Museum of Scotland, 1 Jul – 29 Oct

Scottish Landscapes: A New Generation, Dovecot Studios, 1 Jul – 7 Oct

Wonder Women at Dovecot, Dovecot Studios, 1 Jul – 7 Oct

Grayson Perry, Scottish National Gallery, 22 Jul – 12 Nov

Scottish Women Artists, Dovecot Studios, 28 Jul – 6 Jan

Uniquely Scottish Silver, National Museum of Scotland, 5 Aug – 26 May

Rising Tide, National Museum of Scotland, 12 Aug – 14 Apr

Windrush Legacy Creative Reflections, Museum of Edinburgh, 2 Sep – 28 Jan

Making Space: Photographs of Architecture, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 7 Oct – 3 Mar

Monarchs of the Glen, Dovecot Studios, 14 Oct – 2 Mar

 

November

November in Edinburgh is a chilly Autumn month offering a multitude of reasons to celebrate, such as Bonfire Night, St. Andrew’s Day, and the commencement of the festive season. Furthermore, the city boasts an abundance of captivating attractions to indulge in. Without further ado, here’s what Edinburgh has in store for you this November.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

Disney’s Aladdin, Edinburgh Playhouse, 24 Oct – 18 Nov

A Night at The Opera by Candlelight, St Giles’ Cathedral, 3 Nov

McFly, Usher Hall, 4 Nov

Whitney Queen of the Night, Usher Hall, 5 Nov

Teenage Fanclub, Assembly Rooms, 7 Nov

World Cup After Party: The Good, The Bad & The Rugby Live 2023, Usher Hall, 7 Nov

James Martin, Usher Hall, 8 Nov

The Australian Pink Floyd, Usher Hall, 9 Nov

West End Musicals Concert, St Giles’ Cathedral, 10 Nov

Ross Noble, Usher Hall, 25 Nov

Panto: Adventures of Peter Pan, Festival Theatre, 25 Nov – 31 Dec

The Muppet Christmas Carol: Film with Live Orchestra, Usher Hall, 27 Nov

Billy Bragg: Roaring Forty Tour, Usher Hall, 28 Nov

Electric Six, Liquid Room, 30 Nov

 

Festivals and Special Events

Christmas at The Botanics, RBGE, 16 Nov – 30 Dec

Scots Fiddle Festival, Pleasance, 17 – 19 Nov

Fireworks & Bon re Night, Hopetoun House, 4 Nov

Castle of Light, Edinburgh Castle, 24 Nov – 3 Jan (selected dates)

Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Summerhall, TBC

 

Activities and Experiences

Harris Tweed Handbag Workshop, Islander Workshop, every Tue & Fri

Edinburgh Cheese Crawl, Comely Bank, every Sat

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, various venues, 7, 14, 17, 21 & 28 Nov

Collection Centre Tour, National Museums Collection Centre Granton, 15 Nov

Art and Textiles Workshops, Dovecot Studios, TBC

 

Markets and Fairs

Edinburgh Farmers Market, Castle Terrace, every Sat Grassmarket Weekly Market, Grassmarket, every Sat

Leith Market, Dock Place, every Sat

Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street, every Sun

Edinburgh Art Fair, O2 Academy, 17 – 19 Nov

Christmas Shopping Fair, Hopetoun House, 24 – 26 Nov

Christmas Market, Princes Street Gardens, TBC

Edinburgh Flea Market, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, TBC

Castle St Fair, Castle Street, TBC

 

Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, Bonnie & Wild, 1 Feb – 31 Jan

Alberta Whittle: create dangerously, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 1 Apr – 7 Jan

Decades: The Art of Change 1900–1980, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 29 Apr – 7 Jan

Grayson Perry, Scottish National Gallery, 22 Jul – 12 Nov

Scottish Women Artists, Dovecot Studios., 28 Jul – 6 Jan

Uniquely Scottish Silver, National Museum of Scotland, 5 Aug – 26 May

Rising Tide, National Museum of Scotland, 12 Aug – 14 Apr

Windrush Legacy Creative Re ections, Museum of Edinburgh, 2 Sep – 28 Jan

Making Space: Photographs of Architecture, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 7 Oct – 3 Mar

Monarchs of the Glen, Dovecot Studios, 14 Oct – 2 Mar

The Scottish Landscape Awards, City Art Centre, 4 Nov – 3 Mar

Deep Rooted, City Art Centre, 18 Nov – 25 Feb

 

Sport and Fundraising Events

MoRun, Holyrood Park, 25 Nov

 

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