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What’s On In Edinburgh In September

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Updated: 12 October 2016
As the Edinburgh Festival comes to a close, make sure to avoid the post-Fringe blues. Instead, carry on the momentum and welcome in September with open arms. It promises to be a top-notch month filled with the best new events, concerts, talks, exhibitions and activities galore.


ART | Become Enchanted By St. Petersburg Ballet’s Swan Lake

📅 Thursday, September 1st – Saturday, September 3rd

Dust off your pointe shoes and tiptoe over to the Edinburgh Playhouse for an enchanting performance of Swan Lake by the highly esteemed St. Petersburg Ballet. This Russian classical ballet company was brought into fruition by the brilliant Konstantin Tachkin in 1994, and has been gracing the world’s many stages ever since. Anticipate a visual masterpiece filled with tutus and an auditory Eden created by the joyous symphonies of Tchaikovsky’s renowned score.

Tickets: £16 – £51

📍Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

FOOD | Sip Champagne And Salivate Over The Taste Of Lobsters

📅 Friday, September 2nd (every Friday)

When the end of the week comes around, a visit to The Kilted Lobster is just what the doctor ordered. Finding this wee eatery in Stockbridge is like finding a pearl in a clam. Every Friday, raise your glass to the most deliciously fresh lobsters and a flute of champagne. Cheers.

Tickets: £16 – £28

📍Kilted Lobster, 112 St Stephen St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

FILM | Gaze At Screenings Under Stars Inside The Royal Botanic Garden

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th

Partake in an evening of cinema in the most serene of settings – The Royal Botanic Garden. Since the 17th century, the Botanics has served as a horticultural haven for the people of Edinburgh. Over the course of three nights, the Luna Cinema will be frequenting the glorious grounds and offering exclusive screenings of everyone’s favourite movies. It kicks off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, followed by Romeo and Juliet. The grand finale will be Jurassic Park. Food and drinks will be available on site too.

Tickets: £9 – £26

📍The Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

MUSIC | Be Serenaded By The Sweet Scottish Voice Of Adam Holmes

📅 Sunday, September 4th

Scottish sensation Adam Holmes And The Embers will be gracing the Traverse Bar once again, this time with Amy Duncan accompanying. Adam’s voice and whispering lyrics are truly transformative. His career kicked off in a local Edinburgh folk club. Hints of American legend Neil Young can be detected, as can Ireland’s very own Hozier. Grab your tickets ASAP, as the last gig totally sold out. This one is set to be even better, as it follows the release of the album, Brighter Still.

Tickets: £11

📍The Traverse Bar, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


DRINK | Sip Wine And Soak Up The Knowledge

📅 Thursday, September 8th – Thursday, September 22nd (Every Thursday)

Have a very merry evening sipping a selection of sumptuous wines from the most prominent wine regions in France. Swirl your glasses, take a taste of each and every one, and lets make a toast to Rose Murray Brown, your delightfully charming and incredibly informed wine coach for the evening.

Tickets: £42 – £120

📍The Royal Scots Club, 29 – 31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

FESTIVAL | Take A Trip To Yesteryear At The Antique And Vintage Fair

📅 Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th

Stop by the Royal Highland Centre In Ingliston and soak up the vintage vibes of the Edinburgh Antiques, Vintage, And Collectors Fair. The event is run by Back To Basics Events Ltd, the brainchild of Roger Summer and Helen Martin. This dynamic duo is renowned in the antique scene, so expect wonderful things. From precious trinkets to vintage finds and retro artifacts, take a trip down memory lane at this top-notch vintage fair.

Tickets: £4 – £6

📍The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

FOOD | Stock Up On Fresh Local Produce And Tasters

📅 Saturday, September 10th

Embark on a culinary adventure and taste every food item in sight at the Leith Market. Every Sunday, independent traders set up shop and bring the freshest of local produce right to your doorstep. Stock up on an abundance of organic veggies, fluffy French bread, sauces, meats, seafood and sweets.

📍Leith Farmers Market, Dock Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

HISTORY | Stare At The Spectacle Of Horses Infiltrating The City

📅 Sunday, September 11th

Venture to the heart of Edinburgh and absorb the breathtaking sight of over 250 horses marching up the Royal Mile. Every year, this fascinating spectacle features the Edinburgh Captain and Lass elect as they regally lead the way. What follows is the reenactment of the return of the Captain of the Trained Band in 1513, when the devastating news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden was brought back to Edinburgh. Don’t miss this enthralling cultural event, which is steeped in history.

Tickets: Free

📍The Royal Mile, Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


THEATRE | Take A Trip Down Memory Lane With The Kinks

📅 Tuesday, September 13th – Saturday, September 17th

Whether it’s a sunny afternoon or not, get over to the Edinburgh Playhouse for this stellar musical about one of the most iconic British bands, The Kinks, and how they made it big. Sail through memories of the swinging sixties with the theatrics and showmanship of Sunny Afternoon. Brought straight from the West End, this will get you going all day and all of the night.

Tickets: £15 – £60

📍Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

FILM | Dive Deep Into The Ocean Film Festival World Tour

📅 Wednesday, September 14th

Hold your breath in anticipation for The Ocean Film Festival World Tour. This festival brings you the best independent films that document different perspectives of life above and below the ocean from across the globe. From explorers to divers, India’s first surfer girl, and the survival story of the North Pacific Humpback Whale, expect to be hypnotised by the captivating marine cinematography.

Tickets: £15

📍Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

ART | Cast Your Eyes Upon The Most Stunning Wildlife Photography

📅 Friday, September 16th – Sunday, February 19th 2017

Flutter on over to the National Museum of Scotland, and witness the world-famous Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition. On loan from The Natural History Museum in London, this exhibit continually seduces swarms of people all waiting to set their eyes on the most exquisite animal imagery in the world. From luscious landscapes to quirky animal behaviour shots, make sure you see all 100 photographs.

Tickets: Free

📍The National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

FESTIVAL | Don The Kilt And Stretch Those Legs For Charity

📅 Sunday, September 18th

Time to don the tartan and join the ocean of kilts, Saltire Cross flags, and See-You Jimmy hats. The Kiltwalk is one of Edinburgh’s biggest charity events. All participants contribute to an imperative and noble cause – fundraising for an array of children’s charities. Choose from a mighty stride, big stroll, or wee wander and start marching across the city. On you go.

Tickets: £ Charity

📍The Kiltwalk, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


THEATRE | Be Inspired By Billy Elliot, The Musical

📅 Tuesday, September 20th – Saturday, October 22nd

Dance your way to Billy Elliot, The Musical and become inspired all over again by the iconic tale of courage and passion. It is no surprise that this musical has been going strong in London’s West End for ten years now. The score by Sir Elton John will have you transfixed by the moves and mindset of a dancer with not-so-tiny dreams. Expect a show of the highest quality.

Tickets: £20 – £67

📍Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

SPOKEN WORD | Let Professor Brian Cox Make The Mind Reel

📅 Thursday, September 22nd

Time to discuss all things high science. Prepare to make the mind reel and feel blown away by a riveting talk by famous physicist Professor Brian Cox. The way in which this genius extracts the most complicated topics and strips them down so that they become comprehensible is admirable. From ponderings of space and time to topics that fall way on the periphery, you can’t miss this one for the universe or the cosmos. David Attenborough gives him the thumbs up as the next scientific successor – enough said!

Tickets: £44

📍The Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

FESTIVAL | Break Down Artistic Boundaries And Party At The Museum

📅 Friday, September 23rd

What happens when music, poetry, animation, dance, film and drama get put in one venue with a Celtic influence? Neu! Reekie! – and an artistic Never-Never Land! You won’t want it to end! Join Charlotte Church and her brilliant band as they kick off an evening of entertainment from multiple performers in spaces around and about The National Museum Of Scotland.

Tickets: £14 +

📍The National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

ARCHITECTURE | Open The Door Of Edinburgh’s Finest Buildings

📅 Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th

Edinburgh Doors Open Day is your chance to sneak a wee peak into many of Edinburgh’s buildings. Marvel at the architecture, discover the cultural and historical significance of the buildings, and catch some informative talks about it all. Enjoy touring around Edinburgh’s architectural landmarks of new and old for free.

Tickets: Free

📍Various locations, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


MUSIC | Delight In The Sounds Of Classical Music

📅 Monday, September 26th

Experience the stunning sound of award-winning mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova and pianist Kristina Yorgova resonating throughout the Usher Hall. This Bulgarian duo both study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and bring you an evening of opera, classical songs, excerpts and music.

Tickets: £3

📍The Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

COMEDY | Laugh The Night Away

📅 Tuesday, September 27th

Chuckle the night away until your jaws can’t take it anymore. The sensational Stand Comedy Club presents Bona Fide, a side-splittingly hilarious new show, which acts as a playground for Scotland’s best comics. Laugh at this newly written material, which most likely will not be shown again. Catch it here while you can.

Tickets: £5 – £6

📍The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

DRINK | Test Your Whisky Knowledge And Taste Away

📅 Friday, September 30th

Gravitate towards the Whiski Rooms and embark on an hour of wonderful whisky wonderment. The Introduction To Whisky Tasting provides insight and knowledge about Scotland’s national tipple. Learn how the landscape plays a role in this fine elixir and discover the profiles of the four main whisky regions.

Tickets: £22.50

📍Whiski Rooms, North Bank St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

MUSIC | Get Down At The Bongo Club With Who’s Who

📅 Friday, September 30th

Prepare to have your weekend made by a stunning performance from The Who tribute band Who’s Who at the Bongo Club. This group of talented musicians hold the grand title of the UK’s longest running Who imitation band. Let your hair down, rock out, and love every second of this blast-from-the-past extravaganza.

Tickets: £13

📍The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK