Edinburgh is home to several world-leading events every August, and the city’s tram operator is a convenient alternative to travelling to most venues by car. Out with the usual seven-minute service throughout the day, trams will be running until 1:30am on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the whole festival season to help you enjoy this iconic explosion of arts and culture. From dazzling theatre performances to outdoor concerts, here are the highlights of the next few days as well as the nearest tram stops.

St Giles Cathedral

St Giles’ at Six

Sunday, July 31


High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE

A 10-minute walk from Princes Street tram stop.

Join Edinburgh’s iconic cathedral for some Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV 903; Bach Chaconne in D minor, transcribed for the left hand by Brahms; Franck Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue.

Paw Patrol

PAW Patrol Live!

Wednesday, August 03

Various times

Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

A 5-minute walk from St Andrew Square tram stop. 

The show includes two acts  and incorporates an innovative costume approach that brings the pups to life on stage with their vehicles and packs during the all-important rescue mission. The performance features up-tempo music and a cleverly written script; a good introduction to live theatre for young children. Classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall visually transports families to popular locations from the TV series, such as ‘Adventure Bay’, ‘The Lookout’, ‘Seal Island’, ‘Farmer Yumi’s Farm’ and “Jake’s Mountain’. During the show, the audience has the opportunity to participate in the adventure and become a part of the PAW Patrol Cheer Team.

Forth on the Fringe

Forth On The Fringe

Friday, August 05

Saturday, August 06

Fri at 20:00

Sat at 13:30 and 20:00

Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

A 5-minute walk from St Andrew Square tram stop. 

Forth on the Fringe is an annual one-stop shop for all the essential acts you need to see at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, featuring the very best in comedy, music, cabaret, circus, and street dance.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival

Friday, August 05 - Saturday, August 27

Edinburgh Castle

A 15-minute walk from Princes Street tram stop.

The Tattoo has a proud history; it stretches back for almost seven decades. Following the production of ‘Something About a Soldier’ in the Ross Bandstand in 1949, it was decided to create an event which ran alongside the existing Edinburgh Festival. The official Tattoo was duly created with its first performance in 1950.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Friday, August 05 - Monday, August 29

Various times and locations

City centre tram stops for most venues.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Its story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and, in 1958, the festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend.

Edinburgh Trams is the award-winning operator of the city’s tramway and information about its wide range of ticket offers can be found here.