Whats on this October.

All the autumnal colours of Edinburgh are here to be enjoyed along with a host of coffee and horror festivals, sporting events and attractions to visit. Here are just some of the things happening in Edinburgh this October. Don’t forget about the October school holidays, so we advise you book your tickets and accommodation as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss out!


 6th October – Edinburgh Coffee festival

Venue: Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 10 New Market Road, EH14 1RJ

Website: www.edinburghcoffeefestival.co.uk

For all you budding baristas out there. The Coffee Festival, will feature a range of coffee, tea, food, and drink companies.  There will be talks, experiments, workshops and demonstrations taking place throughout the festival.

With 40+ exhibitors, including handpicked artisan coffee roasters, specialty tea stalls, cafes and coffee equipment suppliers, visitors will not only get the chance to experience all the products on offer, but also to learn from experts in interactive workshops, tastings and demonstrations. Find accommodation here.

19th to the 31st October – Scottish International Story Telling Festival

Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR

Website: www.sisf.org.uk

Program of events can be found here.

The Festival began in 1989 and grows every year, with more people engaging with charismatic storytellers using their words to spin bridges between worlds. From storytelling performances to panel discussions, and an engaging family strand of storytelling activities around Halloween, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with.

Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling. This celebration of live oral traditions and cultural diversity brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians, to celebrate rhythms and methods of storytelling.

Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is an inviting community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads. Find accommodation here.

21st October – Rat Race Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

Venue: Most of Edinburgh

Website: www.ratrace.com/ute/


For those love running and fancy a challenge why not try this 57km run. The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh sets off with a
Braveheart charge down the most famous street in Scotland – the Royal Mile. The course then weaves 57km through streets, alleyways, onto hills, up crags, past monuments, museums, seats of Royalty, Government and up and down 3000 feet of ascent and descent. The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh is unique. Many events claim to be. But this one is an Ultra Run in a city – a city like no other. Take on the fund raising challenge in support of  Children with Cancer UK as every little helps. Find accommodation here


 26th Of October to the 10th of November – Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ and Summerhall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Website: www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com

Devoted to screening short film from Edinburgh, Scotland and around the world, The ESFF evolved from the Leith Short Film Festival in 2011 and has shown everything – from the first film made in Somalia in 20 years, to Oscar nominated shorts from Australia, the USA and Ireland, as well as short films smuggled out of China and Iran – and hosted visiting film-makers from China, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and all over the UK. Find accommodation here.

26th to 31st Of October – Edinburgh Horror Festival

Venue: Various around Edinburgh

Website: www.edhorrorfest.co.uk

The Edinburgh Horror Festival, is a multi-art-form event running over the weekend before Halloween each year in Edinburgh.  Incorporating theatre, comedy, magic, spoken word, movies, games, improv, workshops, interactive events and more.  Find accommodation here.


31st of October – Samhuinn Fire Festival.

Venue: Calton Hill

Website: www.beltane.org/about-samhuinn/

Don’t miss out on this celebration of Celtic New year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. Hosted by Beltane Fire Society, the Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year. It takes the form of a stunning torchlit performance along the Royal Mile to West Parliament Square, with acrobatics, fireworks, beautiful costumes and breathtaking performances. Find accommodation here.