The nights are getting lighter and Edinburgh event organisers have already started releasing a hot list of dates for your 2022 Spring diary. Take a look at our collection of what’s on and things to do in Edinburgh from February to May.
Please note, all dates were correct at time of publication, but we recommend you visit the event organiser’s website for the most up-to-date information.
Edinburgh Dungeon Lates – 18th Feb to 16th Dec
The Edinburgh Dungeon re-introduces their popular late-night show, reputed for being scarier and darker than their regularly scheduled tours. The adults-only underground experience is even offering visitors a cocktail and a shot (included in their ticket price), to help calm the nerves after a night of shocks and scares.
Michael Pendry’s Les Colombes, St. Giles’ Cathedral – 6th Mar to 2nd Apr
Following the success of experimental exhibits, Edinburgh’s most iconic church welcomes German artist Michael Pendry for his first installation of the beautiful Les Colombes (The Doves). The new art piece presents a twisting column of more than 2,500 origami paper doves, which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral. The installation hopes to inspire a feeling of optimism as we move into 2022 and look back over the challenges of the last 2 years.
Cask Smugglers Secret Domes – Now until 31st March
There’s still time to get cosy in your very own heated bubble in the center of Edinburgh for an unforgettable food and drink experience. Edinburgh’s (now, not so secret) Domes allow guests to sample some of the city’s favourite local suppliers, tucked comfortably under warm blankets with a front row seat to views across Princes Street and the gardens. Seating up to 10 people, the Cask Smugglers will even let you choose your own playlists to hook up to the dome’s speakers.
Van Gogh Alive – March 17th to July 17th
Immerse yourself in the mind of famed artist Vincent Van Gogh by travelling through a colourful digital experience featuring some of his most popular pieces. Combining a variety of enormous projections and a carefully chosen soundtrack of classical favourites, the interactive installation provides a new look into the creations of the celebrated Dutch Impressionist.
Edinburgh Science Festival – 9th to 24th April
One of Europe’s largest science festivals returns for 2022 with a new theme, Revolutions. With an unashamed emphasis on the urgency of tackling the growing climate crisis – this year’s event will examine lifeforms, tech, ideas, and the hopeful resolves to global concerns. Whilst evening events will feature adult-targeted discussions, workshops, and experiences, day-time programmes will be family-friendly.
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Bongo’s Bingo Edinburgh – 15th April
Those visiting Edinburgh for the party experience will be pleased to see the return of the UK’s original bingo rave, Bongo’s Bingo. The fun-filled get-together combines the classic game of bingo with a chaotic and upbeat live show, packed with bizarre and marvellous prizes. Grab your glow sticks and be prepared for impromptu dance-offs and high energy rave intervals!
Beltane Fire Festival – 30th April
The Beltane celebrations draw inspiration from ancient Gaelic traditions to recognise the start of the summer season. The annual event, held atop Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, is a sight not to be missed, with participants forming a procession around the path to the ‘Acropolis’ National Monument to the heavy sound of drums, painted in a striking mix of red and white body paints.
The fiery display has become one of the most well-loved outdoor events in the locals’ annual calendar and, to date, the 2022 festivities are still due to go ahead.
Scottish Vegan Festival – 8th May
Edinburgh was recently ranked as the best city for vegans in the UK in a study by Student Beans. So, whether you’re a fully fledged herbivore or simply curious to see what’s on offer, our trend-setting capital is a great place to sample some of the newest veg selections. Organised by Farplace Animal Rescue, the annual Scottish Vegan Festival has become a key date for Edinburgh’s plant-based foodies. Festival goers can expect rows of delicious world food and drink stalls, alongside Eco-friendly cosmetic, clothing and campaign stands. Each event sees new guest speakers, accompanied by a series of documentary rooms.
Make the most of your Edinburgh Spring visit by joining us at The Bonham. Our peaceful city center location means that you can drop off your bags, slip on your comfortable shoes, and head straight out to start exploring Scotland’s capital.