The days are getting shorter and the evenings getting longer. There’s a definite chill in the air that can only mean one thing. Yep, it’s November! Whether you’re a sucker for getting outdoors and soaking up all that autumn has to offer, or prefer hiding away and heating up indoors, there’s plenty on in the capital to suit everyone.
From a hearty selection of festivals, festivities and fizz – here’s our pick of the best of what’s on in Edinburgh this November.
Start November with a Bang at this year’s Fireworks Extravaganza
Fireworks, pipe bands, dancers, a fire circus theatre and more. The recipe for a great time? We think so! Head down to Heriot’s Rugby Club on Friday 2nd November or George Watson’s College rugby Stadium on 4th November for this year’s Fireworks Extravaganza.
Brought to us by Scottish Love in Action, this family friendly fundraiser promises a fun-filled, jam packed line up that will definitely brighten up your night.
Get your popcorn to the ready for the Edinburgh Short Film Festival
Culture vulture? Film buff? If the answer’s yes then the Edinburgh Short Film Festival is for you. Having evolved from the Leith Short Film Festival in 2011, this year’s Festival brings the best of short film from Edinburgh, Scotland and around the globe.
Between the 2nd– 10th November head down to the Filmhouse or Summerhall for a diverse and varied programme of films that you wouldn’t usually find on the big screen. Kick back, relax and enjoy a good film, or two (or three) this November.
Brighten up your Saturday Night with Edinburgh Diwali
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. Where better celebrate this fantastic festival than in Princes Street Gardens?
On November 3rd Edinburgh Diwali graces Princes Street Gardens for the third year in a row for an amazing night packed full of music, dance, food and fireworks. Wrap up warm and enjoy a sparkling Saturday night.
Take a peek behind closed doors at the ‘Rip it up’ Museum Late
If you’ve not been to one of the National Museum of Scotland’s legendary lates then take note, this is your chance! This November the Museum opens its doors after hours to bring you an evening of music, karaoke, silent disco, gallery tours, face painting, talks, dress up and more.
The theme of November’s Late is taken from the Museum’s hugely popular exhibition ‘Rip it up’, an exhibition celebrating the wonderful World of contemporary Scottish music. What’s more, you can enjoy live music from two of the exhibition’s featured bands, The Pastels and Sacred Paws. If that strikes a chord roll on down to the National Museum on the 16th November.
Tune into Scots Fiddle Festival
If traditional Scottish music is more your thing, the Scots Fiddle Festival is the place to be. Put a spring in your step with a fiddle filled weekend enjoying concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, stalls and of course ceilidhs at this year’s Scots Fiddle Festival.
Hop, skip and a jump down to The Pleasance between 16th – 18th November to enjoy traditional fiddle music, a tipple and maybe even a wee dance.
Put Cheese Fest in your dairy
If you’re a fan of all things cheese (who isn’t?!) then head down to Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on November 17th for Cheese Fest.
Expect a celebration of all things cheesy, with over 175+ types of cheese, live music and lots of drink. Whether you’re a halloumi fries kinda person or a fondue fanatic, you’ll find it all at Cheese Fest.
Raise a Glass at Fizz Feast
If you fancy yourself as quite the wine aficionado or are just inclined to enjoy a glass of the sparkly stuff be sure to pop down to Fizz Feast on Saturday 17th November.
Spend the day tantalising your taste buds with an enviable array of champagnes, sparkling wines and artisan foods from all over the world.
Unleash your Inner Bookworm with Book Week Scotland
Book lovers rejoice, a ‘National Book Festival’ is coming to Scotland between 19-25th November, holding plenty of events right here in the capital courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many more.
Promising a programme that’s bigger and better than ever before, expect star-studded author readings, storytellers, poets, book fairs, kids’ events, exhibitions and workshops. Be sure to book it in the diary.
Get in the Festive Spirit with Edinburgh’s Christmas
Yes, we know it’s only November, and you might be wondering why on earth we’re already talking about Christmas? Or, you could be rejoicing that it’s that time of year again.
Whether you’re a festive fanatic or seasonal scrooge, from the 16th November your fate is sealed as the city centre becomes Edinburgh’s very own winter wonderland. Expect tasty festive treats, traditional crafts, fairground rides and bright lights as the capital welcomes Christmas.
Treat yourself at the Christmas Markets, get your skates on for the ice rink and warm your cockles with a hearty mug of gluhwein.
Grab a beer and a boogie down in Leith at EH6 Festival
Between 23rd– 25th November Leith welcomes EH6 Festival. Enjoy a wide selection of craft beer, local food and live music from the likes of The Coral, Jake Bugg and Twisted Wheel.
With events being held in different venues across the EH6 postcode area, this is a great opportunity to explore more of what Leith has to offer whilst enjoying good music and a great pint.
Follow the lights with Christmas at the Botanics
What can you expect from Christmas at the Botanics.? A mile-long illuminated trail that twists and turns through the beautiful botanic gardens, offering up a selection of delightful features along the way, that’s what! From a towering Cathedral of Light, a scented fire garden to illuminated flowers that reach into the sky. If you’re lucky you might even bump into Santa and his elves.
Head down to the Gardens between the 23rd November and 29th December for a multi-sensory experience like no other.
Dig out a treat or two at the Edinburgh Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair
This is one for all you vintage lovers. Scotland’s largest antiques event will see hundreds of vendors and exhibitors selling everything weird and wonderful from the world of vintage and retro.
Expect to dig out anything and everything from furniture, clothes, art and jewellery. You can even take part in a treasure hunt! Whether you’re on the look out for an old pair of Levi’s or a special something for your house, the Royal Highland Centre is the place to be this November 24th– 25th.