Autumn in Edinburgh - What's On

September 17, 2018
October 3, 2022

Now that we’ve made it through the weird, whacky and downright wonderful month of August, what has Edinburgh got going on? 

Autumn is a great time to visit this beautiful city; the architecture stands out against the seasonal hues, the paths are scattered with fallen leaves and we have so many great events coming up! 

Our Houst Edinburgh team have pulled together some of their most anticipated upcoming events in the city. So whether you’re local and looking for something interesting to do, or visiting the city for the first time here are our top picks of what’s to come in this amazing city!

29th-30th Sept - Edinburgh Open Doors Day 

Take a peek behind the doors of some of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings. The event is now in its 27th year and continues to be a brilliant, free day out for the whole family! Soak up some of Edinburgh’s history and culture! 

6th October - Edinburgh Coffee Festival 

Coffee lovers unite! The Edinburgh Coffee Festival will be at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on the 6th of October to celebrate Scotland’s up-and-coming place in the global coffee scene. Promising a caffeine fuelled day of celebrating the good stuff, it’s an event not to be missed! 

15th - 21st October - Edinburgh Cocktail Week 

What’s a better way of enjoying Edinburgh than with a cocktail in hand?! Following on from the success of the 50 bars that took part, 2018 sees an impressive 80 venues! There will be a ‘Cocktail Village’ hub at Festival Square, just off Lothian Road and a 'Secret Spirits Study' masterclass hub & bar on Queens Street for you to enjoy! Like last year the event’s signature cocktails will be only £4 for wristband-holders - the wristbands are priced at £6 for a weekday band and £8 for a weekend band. For more information, check out their website. 

19th - 31st October - Scottish International Storytelling Festival 

This October, Edinburgh sees the 30th Scottish International Storytelling Festival with a theme of Growing Stories. Embracing ancient storytelling traditions the festival aims to highlight historical roots and new talents from around the world. Celtic tradition is at the heart of this years programme, and it will creatively explore the international influences and connections it has.  

31st October - Halloween

We take Halloween very seriously here in Edinburgh! Well, it is the city that brought you Burke and Hare, Tom Riddell, Sawny Bean and William Brodie (the real life inspiration behind Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). The ancient city is steeped in spooky stories and weird goings on, so really it’s the ideal place to spend Hallow’s Eve. There will be events in the city throughout the month, including Hallowe’en Ceilidh’s, Seances and ghost tours. The 31st will also see the Samhuinn Fire Festival - a stunningly spooktacular torch light procession! And if you’d rather stay in-doors make sure to check out the Iconic Frankensteins - you might even see a monster (or two). 

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