Edinburgh Festival of Wine
November 4th 12pm
Tom Cannavan of STV’s The Hour brings you an all-day wine celebration, with samples of over 200 of the UK’s best wines at the famous Balmoral hotel. You can also attend a few masterclasses to make you a true wine connoisseur. Go on a journey through Chenin Blanc with South African wine expert Ken Forrester, or do a taste test to determine whether decanting really makes a difference. And the true highlight – a wine and cheese matching masterclass with Tom himself.
Guy Fawkes Night
Guy Fawkes night, also known as bonfire night, is a celebration of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to kill James VI. To celebrate, swing by The Meadows for public bonfires and set off fireworks, or you can head to the garden centre in Lasswade for food and fireworks from 6pm. The Meadowbank Stadium is hosting its last fireworks display before undergoing major renovations from 6pm. This year’s theme is Sci Fi, so don’t forget to dress up – and get ready for a truly artistic firework show.
Yellow Movement Friday
November 17th from 7pm
The Yellow Movement Friday is returning to Stramash with the assistance of 6 bands to fundraise and raise awareness for Who Cares? Scotland. Entry is free from 7pm to midnight, after which the stage will be taken over by Scottish folk duo The Mad Ferret Band. Stramash hosts live music 7 days a week until 3am, find out more about their November lineup here.
Edinburgh Christmas Markets
November 17th to January 6th
The famous Christmas Market is a favourite among locals and tourists alike, turning George Street and Princes Street gardens into a spectacular winter wonderland. This year brings back classic food and drink stalls where you will find German pretzels, lobster sandwiches, bratwurst and sauerkraut, and of course, hot toddies, gin and tonics and more. Adventure seekers can skate through Frozen Scotland‘s ice rink, scale an ice wall, and take a ride on The Yeti or Starflyer. Some newcomers this year are the brand new Forth 1 Big Wheel (pictured above) and the Candy Cane Bungees (not for the faint hearted). Entertainment is provided by critically acclaimed La Clique Noël, serving up a dazzling mix of cabaret, magic, burlesque, comedy, circus and music.
Edinburgh Tequila Festival
November 18th 1pm-11pm
The Mexican Fiesta will be touring 16 cities around the UK, swinging by ATIK in Edinburgh on November 18th. You can expect a mariachi band, piñatas, over 30 brands of tequila and some Mexican classics like tacos, fajitas and nachos. You also receive a complimentary shot of tequila, a sombrero and a tequila bible with your ticket. Arriba arriba, andale andale!
St Andrews Day
The 30th of November is Scotland’s national day, so the city will be bustling with events and activities to celebrate. George Street will transform into an ice rink filled with sculptures of historical figures, so you can polish up your skating skills and Scottish history knowledge at the same time! Buy your tickets here before they sell out. More of a dancer? Celebrate St Andrews Day in true Scottish fashion by dancing the night away at a ceilidh from 8pm at The Counting House or Lauriston Hall. You can also feast on some traditional Scottish dishes and listen to songs and stories about Scotland at the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Fisherman’s Feast, Sailor’s Rest event.
Weekly events & gigs
Don’t worry music lovers, we haven’t forgotten about you. This month at Whistle Binkies you can watch performances by The Lost Boys, Karel Kalaf Trio, Matt Gloss & The Emulsions and more. If you want to work on your stage confidence, or simply just show your talent, you can attend Open Mic Night every Monday at Whistle Binkies, and every Tuesday at Stramash. Not ready to perform yet? Every Monday, Stramash hosts Songwriter Sessions with some local performers to get you in the zone. For those of you wondering about the nightlife, Edinburgh has something to offer every night of the week. If you are staying at any of our MacBackpackers Edinburgh hostels, you can join our free Thursday pub crawl to take you around the city. On Saturday nights, guests at Castle Rock Hostel compete in a weekly beer pong tournament followed by a night on the town.