JUNE 2016 in Edinburgh

Blazing June brings the festival city alive, from Gin celebrations, to world class art and show stopping theatre there is so much to do in Edinburgh this month. Here’s our eyes, ears and mouth guide of 12 good reasons to visit Edinburgh this June. 

1 Royal Highland Show 

The Royal Highland Show allows you to touch, taste, see and hear the very best Scotland has to offer by way of entertainment, children’s' activities, outdoor living & countryside, shopping & fashion, food & drink and the finest farmyard animals.

The Show is a must for foodies, farmers and families to connect the city with the country. In addition to beef and dairy cattle and sheep on show, there are also exhibits from machinery displays to food stalls, competitions and music.

23 - 26 June | Ingliston | Website

2 Edinburgh International Film Festival 

Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) seeks to spotlight the most exciting, innovative new film talent and promote the very best in international cinema. 

In 2016 the festival celebrates its landmark 70th Edition with 161 features from 46 countries, including 22 World Premiers, 5 International Premiers, 17 European Premiers and 85 UK Premiers.

Running from 15th to 26th June, the festival will once again showcase some of the very best in British, American, European and World cinema as well as providing a platform for up and coming film-makers from around world

15 - 26 June | Cinemas Citywide | Website

3 Imaginate

Imaginate Festival is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people, running from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June 2016 at venues across Edinburgh. A variety of lively performances and companies will be showcased throughout the week which will spark the imaginations of young and old. 

1 - 5 June | Citywide | Website 

4 Hidden Door Festival 

This year's event will be returning to the disused street lighting depot behind King’s Stables Road, transforming it into their secret courtyard for one final time.  The Hidden Door Festival aims to showcase the best new creative work in Scotland in a unique setting and create an experience for the people of Edinburgh which is thrilling, innovative and high-impact.

The theme of this year's festival ‘Hidden Door Electric City,’ in homage to the site’s recent history as a street lighting depot, and will feature a fantastic programme across the arts, including live music, theatre, cinema and inspiring visual art installations. 

’til 27 Sep | King’s Stable Road | Website 

5 Film in the City 

Film Fest in the City returns to St Andrew Square Garden for its fifth year from 10th to 12th June for a weekend free film screenings that will delight movie fans.

In the build up to the 70th Edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), St Andrew Square Garden will once again be transformed into a outdoor movie theatre with 15 movies showing across the weekend - from cult classics to family favourites and epic blockbusters.

26 June - 4 July | Summerhall | Website

6 Gardening Scotland

An explosion of colour and a treasure trove of new trends, The Gardening Scotland Show is bursting with inspirational ideas, exquisite displays and expert advice. This year's show is back at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston from the 3rd - 5th June. Gardening Scotland has something to offer all levels of gardener, from tips and tricks on how to get started, to expert insight on how to get the very best out of your garden.

3 - 5 June | Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston | Website

7 Scottish Juniper Fest 

The Scottish Juniper Festival is returning to celebrate World Gin Day 2016 with an exciting array of the most glorious gins both made in Scotland and further afield. Honouring this classic British spirit, the three day event hosts a large collection of delightful gin brands, appealing to visitors with an appetite to discover, sample and enjoy.  Combining tastings, talks and mixology sessions, the festival will also feature an outdoor G&T bar and the chance to take a tour of Pickering’s distillery.

10 - 12 June | Summerhall | Website

8 Edinburgh Cycling Fest 

Edinburgh is getting ready for Scotland’s greatest celebration of bicycle culture.  The Festival is a real showcase of all aspects of bicycle culture. The 10-day programme features bike rides and races, talks, films, drama, art and photography exhibitions, family events, and workshops.  This years Festival of Cycling includes the Edinburgh Night Ride, a supported ride which has been described as a “magical mystery tour” from Edinburgh to East Lothian and back through the night. 

9 - 19 June | Across the City | Website

9 Celts

The idea of a shared Celtic heritage across ancient Europe retains a powerful hold over the popular imagination. But many common ideas about the people known as ‘Celts’ are in fact more recent re-imaginings, revived and reinvented over the centuries.

This major exhibition, organised in partnership with the British Museum, unravels the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name ‘Celts’ through the extraordinary art objects they made and used.   Featuring more than 300 treasured objects from across the UK and Europe, assembled together in Scotland for the first time, this is a unique opportunity to explore the idea of ‘Celts’ as one of the fundamental building blocks of European history.

throughout June | National Museum, Chamber Street | Website

10 Chicago

Get ready to be razzled dazzled as the hit musical Chicago rolls into the Edinburgh Playhouse. Chorus girl Roxie Hart tried to pin the murder of her lover on her unwitting husband, but the jig is up and Roxie has landed herself in Cook County Jail. Jazz star and accused murderer Velma Kelly is less than pleased to see Roxie on her cell block, since Roxie’s sensational crime and feigned innocence capture the attention of Velma’s hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn.

13 - 18 June | Playhouse | Website

11 Retina 

Headlining this year's festival is portrait photographer Jason Bell who has shot for some of the world’s foremost publications including Vanity Fair and Vogue US / UK. Home-grown talent will also be featured with Edinburgh’s Janeanne Gilchrist and creative portrait photographer Alma Haser headline the spaces at Customs House, alongside Emerging Talent, UK Picture Editor’s Guild 2015 Award Winners Exhibition and a special celebration of Scottish Press Photographers’ work documenting our world and colouring the headlines. 

24 June - 30 July | Various Venues | Website

12 Glow

Edinburgh College’s dazzling creative students light up the city with a celebration of their luminous skills at this year’s Glow festival. The Glow festival gives Edinburgh the chance to enjoy performances and exhibitions from students covering everything from music, theatre and dance to photography, sculpture and illustration.

Throughout June | Various Venues | Website