Exploring Edinburgh's Events - September 2019

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 Edinburgh, UK

Happy September! It's officially the first month of autumn and I've already dug out a few of my cosiest jumpers as we've had a rather damp and chilly past week. Over the past year, I've been toying with the idea of sharing a monthly blog post highlighting must-see events in Edinburgh and since quite a few of you showed interest, here we are! There are many great blogs like Edinburgh Tourist, Mini Mack Tours, Dickins Edinburgh, and Eastside Cottages, which all produce great monthly guides to find out what's going on in the city, so I've decided to personalise these blog posts to what I particularly find interesting and not always the headlining events of the month. These will include, a mixture of free and paid events as well as creative workshops, with a section towards the bottom focussed on what events I'm most excited for. Hope you enjoy this new series and have a lovely September!

P.S. I'd love for this blog to be a space to share recommendations so if there's anything you feel I've missed, please do leave it in the comment section below! 

"September: it was the most beautiful of words, he'd always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret." - Alexander Theroux

Exploring Edinburgh's Events - September 2019

  • Porty Art Walk (Various Locations in Portobello, 7th-15th September)


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Edinburgh Riding of the Marches (Royal Mile, 15th September, Free)

The Riding of the Marches is an old tradition which dates back to 1579 when the city’s boundaries used to be inspected. So, head along to the Royal Mile on the 15th September to watch over 200 horses march to the Mercat Cross, accompanied by several pipe bands and led by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

Colony of Artists (Abbeyhill Colonies, 21st-22nd September, Free)

The Colonies of Artists is back and I couldn't be happier! To me, it's one of the most quirky and fun events on Edinburgh's busy calendar. For those of you who haven't heard of the event, it's an eclectic exhibition in the Artisan Community of the Abbeyhill Colonies companied by live music and nibbles. What makes the festival so unique and special is that instead of 1 or 2 main venue spaces, the community of the Abbeyhill Colonies fling the doors of their homes open to create a whopping 40 venue spaces, displaying 66 artists' work. It's such a wonderful community event organised by volunteers so if you're free, head along to support it!

Doors Open Days (Various Locations, 28th-29th September, Free)

I'm equally excited about this event! Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. Being a fairly nosey person, I love the idea of getting the chance to peek behind doors that are mostly closed to the public for the rest of the year. This year, there are over 100 locations taking part in Edinburgh's Doors Open Days so the trickiest part will be choosing which ones to attend! Click here to download the brochure. I've selected a few to share with you which I recommend or hope to visit - maybe I'll see you there!
  • Dean Private Gardens - Peek inside one of Edinburgh's most gorgeous private gardens!
  • Drumsheugh Baths Club - This has been on my list of places to visit for years.
  • Burns Monument - I've passed this so many times and have yet to look inside. 
  • Ramsay Garden, Patrick Geddes Apartment (booking essential) - I visited last year and it's a must-see. 
  • St Bernard's Well - I'm sure many of you have passed by but it's a real treat to see it's interior.
Don't forget, if you're not in Edinburgh on the 28th & 29th, there are Doors Open Days events taking places throughout September around Scotland!

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