Edinburgh is an amazing city at any time, but during the Festival it is something else! The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. There are thousands of shows, exhibitions, comedians, performances, etc on during August. There really is something for everyone, including children’s entertainment. There are street performers, particularly on the Royal Mile, and hundreds of venues, some conventional theatres, other tiny, or temporary. Classical music, pop, comedy, drama, dance, poetry, satire, professional top class shows, and amateur performances too. – it’s all happening during the festival! Comfortable shoes are a must because you will walk more than you plan to. Getting accommodation in the city at this time can be difficult and expensive, but there are usually some bargains around. Food and drink are available at reasonable rates all over the city. Just walking around and enjoying the atmosphere can be entertaining. Finding a good show is not too difficult as there are plenty of local press reviews. A venue map is essential – these are available at the Fringe Box Office as well as tourist offices and some larger venues. Don’t try to fit too much into your day – it can be exhausting. Pick a couple of shows, make a point of seeing them,and spend some time wandering and soaking up the atmosphere. Try to have a picnic in Princes Street Gardens. You’ll probably be able to listen to some artists while you eat! Have fun.