If you haven’t visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before, now is the time to go. With this year’s Fringe Festival kicking off in August, you still have time to get tickets! Here are the 10 reasons why you need to start planning your trip today!
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the world’s largest arts Festivals, and it has been growing for more than 60 years – attracting acts and visitors from across the globe.
It’s not just for theatre-junkies; there is honestly a show for everyone.
The Fringe Festival, quite simply, takes over the city – all of Edinburgh is alive with activity. There are specially created event spaces strewn throughout the downtown area, as well as street fairs and free activities galore.
It is an incredible way to experience new, as well as seasoned, talent through a myriad of different theatre productions across the city FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH. The festival runs through the month of August, so you are not limited to a certain set of dates.
There are hundreds of venues scattered across Edinburgh, and they are created in almost any space imaginable. The spaces range from classic theatres, to crypts and churches, all the way to temporary structures like the Underbelly (an upside-down giant purple cow tent).
You are able to go for one day, the whole month, or any amount in-between; you are in complete control of which shows you see – no pricey bundle packages that will break the bank. You can even catch the free shows as they pop up. The shows are often between 5 and 12 pounds, with many nights offering discounts such as buy-one-get-one-free tickets.
You will meet some absolutely fantastic people from all over the place. This can happen with the people that you are laughing and/or crying with in the theatres, that you chat with in the artfully crafted Beer Gardens, or even that you meet in the endless street fairs across the city. You always have a great opening line: “So, have you seen any good shows so far?” – It is guaranteed to get anyone talking.
The city stays awake until the early hours of the morning, so there is no fear of running out of things to do – like checking out the Frankenstein bar (where live actors get up on the bar to sing along to the Rocky Horror Picture Show – which runs continuously on the big screens).
You may even come across some great new talent in the shows, and you’ll be able to say “I saw them in such-and-such at the Fringe before they were famous. Over the years, the Fringe has helped to cement many impressive careers in the arts. In the 60’s, this included student productions from various members of the Monty Python troop, a breakout performance from Craig Ferguson in the 80’s, as well as Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson.
If you live in the UK, it is just a short plane, car, bus or train ride away! Even if you don’t live in the UK, then it’s a great excuse to get out here! Not only will you experience a fantastic festival, but you’ll also get to explore a winding, mysterious, beautiful city in the process!
I am a huge fan of festivals of all varieties – I love the people that they bring together, as well as the atmosphere that they create. However, while I have been to many different types of festivals, the Fringe has taken my heart – this city does a festival right.
If you are coming from out of town and looking for reasonably-priced accommodation, check out my article on Reasons to Stay at an Airbnb during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by clicking here! You can also check out my favourite things to do in Edinburgh by clicking here.
If you have any recommendations for things to see during the festival, please share them in the comments below. I hope to see you there!