Edinburgh in Autumn

By Laura McCulloch

Nobody will argue with the beautiful Autumn foliage that Edinburgh has to offer, and as the new season descends on the city, here are our favourite events on the calendar. We have got you covered with everything from fire to farming festivals.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Image by Erin Kirsop

Scotland’s largest Cocktail Week pours back into the capital in just under two weeks time, from Monday the 14th to Sunday the 20th of October.

Offering a more unique experience this year, ‘Camping with Cocktails’ will transform the festival square into an enchanted forest fit for cocktail enthusiasts. The new extension includes wigwams, fire pits, giant toadstools, pop-up bars and a starlit canopy.

The rooftop cocktail domes at the Glasshouse Hotel are another addition to the festival this year, providing Instagram-worthy views across the city’s skyline.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edinburgh-cocktail-week-2019-tickets-53915786569

Edinburgh Sausage and Cider Festival

Back on the menu this October is Edinburgh’s Sausage and Cider festival on Saturday the 19th. The event at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange boasts live music, a selection of craft beers and ciders, eating competitions and of course a selection of sausage meats from around the world.

https://www.seetickets.com/event/sausage-and-cider-fest-edinburgh/the-corn-exchange/1407823

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival returns on the 18th to 31st of October across various locations in Edinburgh, including the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The annual celebration of live storytelling has described itself as ‘a warm,
friendly, invigorating experience, perfect for Autumn evenings’. This year’s theme ‘Beyond Worlds’ will showcase new and traditional stories, communications, music, dance and Canadian headlining acts.

https://www.sisf.org.uk/events/

Agriscot

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As part of an unsteady industry, Agriscot 2019 offers a chance for the country’s agricultural community to seek answers to the countless questions that farmers may share.

Now recognised as one of the premium events in UK agriculture, the Highland Hall in Edinburgh,
overflows every year with farming enthusiasts, as well as people curious to learn more about the industry.

A parade of Britain’s finest livestock, talks from industry professionals and trade stands from across the country will take centre stage on Wednesday 20th of November.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/agriscot-2019-registration-71257616449

Oktoberfest

West Princes Street Gardens will be transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest venue from 30th of October to 3rd of November. Aside from the beer, this event invites friends to celebrate food and drink and enjoy traditional live music inside a marquee fit for 1,200 people. Annually known to be extremely popular, this authentic experience offers student deals as well as Bavarian and VIP packages, ensuring there is something for everybody.

http://edinburgh-oktoberfest.co.uk/book-tickets/

Festival of Politics

The Scottish Parliament is welcoming a variety of leading public figures including Andrew Marr and Baroness Helena Kennedy to the 2019 Festival of Politics. Taking place from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th of October at the Scottish Parliament, the event will focus on
future debates about important political and cultural issues. From Brexit talks, to the 2020 US presidential election, this is an opportunity for the Scottish public to contribute alongside MSP’s, journalists and commentators on some of the country’s largest issues.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dear-scottish-parliament-festival-of-politics-tickets-69273241129

Samhuinn Fire Festival

Image by Erin Kirsop

This fiery extravaganza perched on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill is a perfect way to get into the Halloween Spirit. The thrilling display is a modern replication of the Celtic New Year celebration, which presents a mythical story about the changes of Summer and Winter. Get
ready to wrap up this October 31st to watch dancing, drumming and acrobatics among other performances at the Samhuinn Fire Festival.

https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/event/samhuinn-fire-festival/

 

What’s happening in October

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Picture of October cocktail at a pop-up bar in Edinburgh. Photo by Rachel Lee.

Five events to get you off your couch!

It might feel like winter is just around the corner with the recent onset of autumnal weather, but that doesn’t mean you should be mourning the death of your social life and going into hibernation just yet! Edinburgh has many amazing events and places to try in October. Whether you’re looking for foody, spooky or boozy, we’ve got you covered.

The Spooky One

It’s impossible to get through October without thinking about Halloween, and if you don’t want to be at the beck and call of trick-or-treaters, then it’s best to hit the town for the night. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be on at the Edinburgh Playhouse at the end of the month, so getting dressed up and dancing the night away has never been easier. This infamous show, which is part of a sell-out world tour, is sure to impress. The show is only in town for six days, starting on October 28th, so make sure to get your ticket to hell soon. Get your fishnets on and get ready to party.

The Foody One 

If you’re lusting over bygone holidays or for the trips you never got to take, then why not take America to Scotland. The City Café offers a little taste of the States without the hefty flight prices. Adorned with neon lights and memorabilia, their menu serves all the American delights you can think of with pretty wallet-friendly prices too. Go for a heft milkshake or their killer sweet potato fries.

The Boozy One 

If you feel like you’ve tried every tipple in Edinburgh, then The Pop Up Geeks will always prove you wrong! Their bar is in the same location as their last temporary treasures (The Stranger Thing’s ‘Upside Down’ and the Rick and Morty inspired wubba-lubba-dub-dub) but the theme changes every few months. This month, they’re running a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory event between October 15thand 21st. Don’t look for a golden ticket, it’s a glossy wristband you need to enter this magical world.

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Picture of Afternoon Tea at The Dome in Edinburgh. Photo by Rachel Lee.

The Classy One

The Dome might seem like a really classy joint, but it’s the perfect place to spoil yourself if you’re looking for a bit of TLC. Its afternoon tea is an experience in itself and the Georgian Tearoom, where it’s held, is luxurious and opulent. The perfect treat to get you out of the house. You don’t need to break the bank to feel like royalty.

 

 

The Educational One 

The International Storytelling Festival kicks off for its 30th year on October 18th with a jam-packed agenda of 66 events local to Edinburgh, covering everything from Scottish folklore to the Scottish Suffragette movement to children’s literature. For those who are feeling inspired, there are a variety of workshops available too, so you can get stuck into all the action. With something on offer for everyone, this festival is sure to satisfy even the fussiest of readers.

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