Throughout summer 2022
After a two-year absence, the ever-popular Highland Games return in summer 2022. Visitors and locals can experience a sense of community, heritage and celebration like no other, set against the backdrop of a gripping sporting spectacle of champions! At Highland Games across the country, attendees can marvel at the champions’ feats of strength and have a chat with the locals over a delicious plate of mince and tatties. July events kick off with Luss Highland Games on 2 July 2022.
13 – 16 July 2022
HebCelt passionately protects and promotes its heritage, including the vibrant Gaelic and traditional music that is both part of its history and its contemporary life. It mixes the best local talent with leading Scottish, UK and world artists and brings together household names and emerging talent to provide a feast of music to appeal to all ages. This internationally renowned event has a unique setting in the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis, the heartland of Gaelic language and culture.
Dundee Summer (Bash) Streets Festival 2022
14 – 24 July 2022
Dundee Summer (Bash) Street Festival will leave no-one in doubt that Dundee is the home of comics, celebrating the characters, stories, history and upcoming talent. Featuring a pop-up comic museum, workshops, talks, film screenings, street fun, marble runs and world record attempts, this festival is free and perfect for all ages!
Edinburgh Festival Carnival Carnival Stories
17 July 2022
A free, family music and dance event with a festive flavour, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival each year, where attendees can expect colour, spectacle, sounds and electric atmosphere. To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, Edinburgh Festival Carnival is also presenting four new performances that explore the cultural heritage and migration stories of their community partners.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
15 – 24 July 2022, Edinburgh
Visitors are invited to experience exhilarating music and a spine-tingling atmosphere from both international and Scottish Jazz and Blues musicians.
Edinburgh Art Festival
28 July – 28 August 2022, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Art Festival, the newest addition to Edinburgh’s summer festival line-up, brings together over 40 galleries, pop-up spaces and museums presenting the most captivating pieces of visual art.
For context, in 2022, the capital will once more come alive with vibrant colours, shows and events for all ages, and with next year marking the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, it promises to be a very special year.
Fringe by the Sea
5 – 14th August 2022
Fringe by the Sea returns to the East Lothian town of North Berwick, a gorgeous seaside town, in August for ten days of music, literature, film, comedy, and film for all the family, with a mixture of both ticketed and free events. More information expected in June: Fringe by the Sea – 5-14 August 2022 | North Berwick
Edinburgh International Book Festival
13 – 29 August 2022, Edinburgh
Held in the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest celebration of its kind in the world. Enjoyable for all ages, visitors can take part in creative workshops, meet famous authors and attend panel discussions.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
5 – 29 August 2022, Edinburgh
Born from a belief that every story should be heard and celebrated, Edinburgh Fringe Festival is now the world’s largest arts festival, where visitors can watch a wide range of performances including theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, opera, spoken word and more. And with an open access policy, anyone with a story to tell and a venue to host them can put on a show.
Edinburgh International Festival
6 – 28 August 2022, Edinburgh
The Edinburgh International Festival was the original Edinburgh Festival, dating back to 1947, celebrating the performing arts with dance, music, opera and theatre from around the world. It brings ground-breaking art, unique collaborations, world premieres, unexpected takes on classic works, and more to captivate and entertain global audiences, all in one place here in Scotland.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
12 – 20 August, Edinburgh
Edinburgh International Film Festival is where the very best of international cinema can be discovered. Film fans can be part of the buzz and meet both local and international stars as they make their way down the red carpet. Exploring new ideas and experimental cinema, as well as documentaries, world premieres and shorts, the Festival offers theatrical delights for all on the world’s greatest stage.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
5 – 27 August 2022, Edinburgh
Returning to its iconic home on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the first time since 2019, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is back with a bang for 2022. With acts from Switzerland, Mexico, USA and New Zealand, this years’ “Voices” show will guarantee to have everyone out of their seats!
Nairn Book and Arts Festival
27 August – 4 September 2022
A range of musical, literary and artistic events with a fringe drawing on the talents of the local creative community. Nairn Book and Arts Festival is the annual celebration of literature, art, music, drama and film in the Scottish Highlands. Staged in the historic seaside town of Nairn on the beautiful Moray firth, each year the festival presents a unique and innovative programme of events.
Scottish Geology Festival
1 September – 9 October 2022
The Scottish Geology Festival 2022 will tell the stories of Scotland’s rocks and landscapes through a programme of activities during September and October, ranging from coastal walks and fossil hunting, to online and in-person talks. Explore extinct volcanoes in Edinburgh and the UNESCO Global Geopark in the North West Highlands and encounter evidence of ancient tropical seas and coral reefs in Fife, and learn how the ice age helped shaped Scotland’s incredible landforms.
2 – 4 September 2022
Dandelion is a creative celebration of growing, music and community – rooted in Scotland but with an international outlook.
The final Dandelion Festival takes place in Inverness, where venues across the city will be transformed with live music, interactive walkabout theatre, science and creative activities for all the family as part of a unique festival that dares to reimagine our relationship with food and the planet. Musicians will perform on the Pavilion of Perpetual Light, a spectacular 10-metre vertical farm and concert platform made from dozens of Cubes of Perpetual Light, and the intimate, in-the-round Orchard Stage.
Golden Spurtle’s Annual World Porridge Making Championships
8 October 2022
Nothing says Scotland more than porridge. The World Porridge Making Championship occurs annually in the Scottish highland village of Carrbridge, drawing competitors from across the globe to compete making our favourite oaty dish!
St Andrews Voices
13 – 17 October 2022
An eclectic and inclusive programme has been unveiled for St Andrews Voices, Scotland’s singing festival, bringing a breadth of vocal and choral music to the Fife town this October. The festival will showcase performances across a variety of genres – from classical and folk to jazz and world music – as it marks a welcome return to live performance post-lockdown.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
14 – 30 October 2022
Humans are bound together by stories and songs, especially through tough times. The Scottish International Storytelling Festival invites attendees to explore Scotland’s stories through a series of online and live events, and celebrate stories from across the world.
Tales from the Castle, Stirling
21 – 22 October 2022
Join Stirling Castle after hours for a brand-new storytelling event, which takes guests on a trail through ancient archways, rich courtyards and glorious halls to unlock iconic tales and hidden truths in the wake of sunset. Encounter characters from the castle’s past and view dramatic projections bringing the castle walls to life.
Orkney Storytelling Festival
27 – 30 October 2022
Taking place in locations across Orkney, The Orkney Storytelling Festival aims to capture folk tales and promote their retelling through oral storytelling. The festival also supports new forms of storytelling, keeping alive the oral tradition in a modern world. Join local and internationally renowned storytellers for a long weekend of storytelling.