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.


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.


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.



Image by Sheila McColm

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.



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.


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.


Samhuinn Fire Festival

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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.



Oktoberfest comes to Edinburgh


Oktoberfest, Princess Gardens

Oktoberfest, the tradition which started in Munich 200 years ago to celebrate the coming of the harvest and has continued to be celebrated ever since, is coming to Edinburgh once again.

Tents filled with long tables where you can enjoy freshly brewed beer and luscious delicacies, this  inspired the today’s beer tents.
Such delicacies will include pretzels, roasted chicken, pork knuckle, potatoes and white sausage.Some of the favourite traditions that people look forward to each year include beer barrel tapping, parades and the variety of different food and beer on offer for everyone too try.

These days, you do not need to fly to Munich to experience Oktoberfest for yourself. Many different cities now host their very own tribute to Oktoberfest during the same time period as in Germany. Edinburgh has been hosting the festival for the last six years and this year is set to be the biggest. A tent big enough for 1,500 people will be placed in Princes Street Gardens West . Organisers are kicking off the festival with free entry for the first night of festivities. The fun starts at 4pm this evening. This year the first ever student day has been launched, giving you 50% off your first beer or if you come in fancy dress on the £5 student ticket you will be able to grab a beer for free. Links to bookings can be found on this years event page.

Today we spoke to DJ Davie Sorgenfrei who will be doing the music for Edinburgh as well as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Newcastle. He told us about his role at Oktoberfest and why he loves the event in Edinburgh.

“It is very nice here in Edinburgh, the people are lovely and crazy. In Germany you have so many people in the tent – but here, you have a limit, which is good because people have room to dance.”

Fun is the key ingredient for the festival, so on Sunday there is a family day where music will be provided courtesy of real Bavarian Bands who have flown in from Southern Germany. You can turn up on the day or book in advance
and reserve your own seats. Tickets are priced at £5 on Thursday and Sunday and £10
Friday and Saturday. Alternatively, you can purchase a package which will entitle you to food, beer and a seat reservation.


DJ Davie Sorgenfrei

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