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What to do this weekend: 5-6 August

What to do this weekend: 5-6 August


Festival is probably the most over-used word in the month of August in Edinburgh. Apart from Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Art Festival, there are some smaller festivals also happening this weekend and you will certainly find your favourite - let it be food, drink, comedy or art related.

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival comes to Inverleith Park for the whole weekend, so fingers crossed for decent weather! Believe it or not, this will be the first time we will be attending Foodies at Inverleith, thanks to the lovely @cazmonkeysaround scoring us some tickets! We are looking forward to checking out the Chefs Theatre with Jane Devonshire 2016 Masterchef winner and local chefs including Kaori Simpson of Harajuku Kitchen (our favourite sushi place!), Dan Ashmore of the Pompadour and Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honore.

Edinburgh Cocktail Festival

If you are into cocktails at New Waverly a brand new coctail festival will be shaking things up. You can get discounted cocktails for the whole month of August by purchasing your ticket via Eventbrite.

Summer Open Studios

Meanwhile in Leith, away from the festival crowds Coburg House will have their summer Open Studios event. Around 80 resident artists are participating including Emily Hogarth. The event is free and family friendly.



The signature opening event of the 70th Edinburgh International Festival is called Bloom and the 'Bloom Arena' is located at St Andrew Square. As in previous years, the multi-award winning 59 Productions will be in charge of the incredible light projections. The event is free, but for priority access to the Bloom Arena you will need to register on the website.

P.L.A.N.T. at Salisbury Arms

Visit the Perilous Laboratory for the Absorbment of Natural Teachings (P.L.A.N.T.) this Saturday at Salisbury Arms. Wondering what this weird thing is I am talking about? Of course it is Hendricks gin related! P.L.A.N.T. will include an outdoor Hendricks gin terrace and cucumber inspired chef specials. Hendricks will also have a pop-up at George Square Gardens during the whole weekend.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo Flypasts

Although I do not have details of the exact aircraft types, we can expect a Tattoo Flypast this Saturday sometime between 6.15pm and 6.40pm. Bruntsfield Links are a pretty cool spot to photograph them if you do not have tickets for the Tattoo. Possible other flypast dates and times are between 7.45pm and 8.10pm on 9, 11, 15, 16, 18 and 25 August.

The Gathering

Gordon Millar of Scot Street Style is hosting The Gathering XV this Saturday in Leith. This year's sponsor is Naked Grouse. Having attended The Gathering VIII back in 2015 at the Biscuit Factory, this will certainly be another cracking event! Make sure to check our Instagram stories on Saturday at @edienthusiast and you can read a blog post on the previous event by Laura Crawford (@thelikelyladyhere. But one question remains - what to wear?!



I booked this play based on the rhino poster and very much looking forward to it! The beautiful Royal Lyceum Theatre hosts this new Scottish-Turkish version of Eugene Ionescu's Rhinoceros and it is on until 12 August.

Have a nice weekend!
Oh, have you counted how many times I used the word 'festival'?

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