The Edinburgh Address & Adore ScotlandWhat's on in Edinburgh in May 2023? Edinburgh Tradfest Taking in some traditional Scottish music is an absolute must when visiting Edinburgh, and the annual Tradfest showcases some of the countries best talent. What? Music When? 28th April - 8th May 2023 Where? Various locations around Edinburgh Edinburgh International Children's Festival The Edinburgh International Children's Festival is a 9-day festival offering innovative family-friendly theatre and dance for young audiences. The often visually striking productions take place in theatres and community centres across the city, and the Festival opens with a day of free-pop-up performances in the National Museum of Scotland. What? Theatre and dance When? 27th May - 4th June 2023 Where? Various locations around Edinburgh Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2023 Fast & flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London. What? Sports When? 28th May 2023 Where? Starts Holyrood Park Road and moves through the city. Strictly Come Dancing A spectacular line-up of not just one, not two, but 10 of the world’s best professional dancers will be hitting the road next year for the 2023 official Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals UK Tour. What? Dance When? 7 May 2023 Where? Edinburgh Playhouse Imaginate Children's Festival "The festival is, to my mind, the most consistently brilliant programme of the theatrical arts in Scotland. Gloriously diverse, it is exceptional in the quality of the work it presents." Mark Brown, Sunday National (May 2022) What? Theatre When? 27th May - 4th June 2023 Where? Various locations around Edinburgh SIX It's back! Multi-award-winning smash hit musical returns to Edinburgh. The six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their stories, each in their own style. Not to be missed! What? Musical When? 2nd - 6th May 2023 Where? Edinburgh Playhouse Harry Styles: Love On Tour 2023 There are no words to describe the energy from this international pop sensation. What? Music When? 27 May 2023 Where? BT Murrayfield Stadium
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What's on in Edinburgh in May?

Written by Anna Morris|

Edinburgh Meadows blossom (© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam)
© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Edinburgh is bursting into life with entertainment, education, music and fun for all visitors. Here are some of May 2023’s top events in Edinburgh.

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What's on in Edinburgh in May 2023?

Edinburgh Tradfest

Taking in some traditional Scottish music is an absolute must when visiting Edinburgh, and the annual Tradfest showcases some of the countries best talent.

What? Music

When? 28th April - 8th May 2023

Where? Various locations around Edinburgh


Edinburgh International Children's Festival

The Edinburgh International Children's Festival is a 9-day festival offering innovative family-friendly theatre and dance for young audiences.

The often visually striking productions take place in theatres and community centres across the city, and the Festival opens with a day of free-pop-up performances in the National Museum of Scotland.

What? Theatre and dance

When? 27th May - 4th June 2023

Where? Various locations around Edinburgh


Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2023

Fast & flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB.

The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.

What? Sports

When? 28th May 2023

Where? Starts Holyrood Park Road and moves through the city.


Strictly Come Dancing

A spectacular line-up of not just one, not two, but 10 of the world’s best professional dancers will be hitting the road next year for the 2023 official Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals UK Tour.

What? Dance

When? 7 May 2023

Where? Edinburgh Playhouse


Imaginate Children's Festival

"The festival is, to my mind, the most consistently brilliant programme of the theatrical arts in Scotland. Gloriously diverse, it is exceptional in the quality of the work it presents."

Mark Brown, Sunday National (May 2022)

What? Theatre

When? 27th May - 4th June 2023

Where? Various locations around Edinburgh


SIX

It's back! Multi-award-winning smash hit musical returns to Edinburgh. The six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their stories, each in their own style. Not to be missed!

What? Musical

When? 2nd - 6th May 2023

Where? Edinburgh Playhouse


Harry Styles: Love On Tour 2023

There are no words to describe the energy from this international pop sensation. 

What? Music

When? 27 May 2023

Where? BT Murrayfield Stadium

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