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What’s On in Edinburgh October 2016

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This October eat, drink beer, and be merry with Edinburgh’s restaurant festival & Oktoberfest. As the nights draw in and we get closer to Halloween why not indulge in some (family friendly) frightening with the magic-themed Storytelling Festival, a Royal Mile ghost tour or take part in the Celtic Samhuinn Fire Festival to mark the Summer’s end?

Festivals

Edinburgh’s Oktoberfest (5th to the 9th October)
Princes Street Gardens

This iconic beer festival is returning to Edinburgh for another year of German beer, food and music.
The Bavarian celebration takes place in the colourful Oktoberfest tent in Princes Street Gardens beneath the castle. Don your Dirndl and Lederhosen (yours to hire on the night if you so wish!) for some great German-brewed beer & Schnitzel!

Entry on Wednesday is free, it's just £5 for entry on Thursday & Sunday. On Friday & Saturday there will be a £10 entrance fee. For tickets and times visit their website.

Samhuinn Fire Festival (31st October)
Royal Mile, West Parliament Square

On the 31st, Edinburgh’s cobbled Royal Mile will once again host the country’s most spectacular Hallowe’en event. The Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter.

From 9pm take part in a stunning torchlit performance along the Royal Mile to West Parliament Square, with wild drumming, acrobatics, fire-dancing and intricate costumes as dozens of performers act out battles between the forces of summer and winter.

No tickets are required, attendance is by donation. The event is organised by the Beltane Fire Society, a charity run by volunteers & dedicated to marking the festivals of the ancient Celtic calendar. It keeps the traditional Scottish skills of street theatre, music & pageantry alive.

For further information see the website.

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2016 (6th to the 16th October)
Various venues

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival combines award-winning restaurants together with small neighbourhood bistros and cafés to showcase the best food the city has to offer. This year it will feature a diverse mix of gastronomic masterpieces to suit all tastes and budgets. The festival aims to lift the lid on the Capital’s finest cooking and best local produce.

A new addition to the program this year is The Moveable Feast taking place on Thursday 13th October. This is an exclusive gastronomic tour of the city where diners will eat each course in a different restaurant all with a few foodie surprises along the way!

The festival will run from the 6th – 16th of October with participating restaurants and cafés offering exclusive set menus & special offers. 

To find all participation restaurants & book your table see the website.

Botanic lights (13th October to the 6th November)
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

This autumn the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is once again open after dark with a magical outdoor light event. As darkness descends, visitors are invited to follow a trail of light through the gardens. Popular features are the Victorian Palm House &The Chinese Hillside. Visitors will be able to make their way through a  1.5km route full of colour and sound to see the Botanics like they have never seen it before, turning the Garden itself into the story of a voyage around the world. 

Entry is by ticket only with adult tickets from £15 and children from £7.50. For tickets and times see their website. Tickets on sale now!

Edinburgh short film festival (27th October to the 6th November)
Various venues

Scotland’s largest dedicated short film event, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, opens its doors for the 6th year this October. The ESFF has a reputation for friendliness and for screening award-winning films from around the world.

The event runs at locations across the city centre. For the full programme, tickets and venues see the website.

Botanic lights

Botanic lights ↑

Image credit : Botanic lights

Samhuinn Fire Festival (31st October)

Samhuinn Fire Festival (31st October) ↑

Image credit : Martin McCarthy | Samhuinn Fire Festival

Samhuinn Fire Festival (31st October)

Samhuinn Fire Festival (31st October) ↑

Image credit : Neil Hodgins | Samhuinn Fire Festival

Botanic lights (13th October to the 6th November)

Botanic lights (13th October to the 6th November) ↑

Image credit : Botanic lights


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