The Edinburgh Festival Fringe can dominate some people’s thoughts about Scotland’s capital city, and not without reason – it is the world’s largest arts festival, after all. However, that’s not to say Edinburgh isn’t bursting with great things to do throughout the rest of the year too. From dazzling musical shows and breath-taking festivals to fascinating exhibitions and bustling markets… here are some suggestions for September.

Sunny Afternoon

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town


Sunny Afternoon is an irresistible musical with slick theatricality and ingenious storytelling at its heart. It tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom.

Date(s): 13 to 17 September 2016 / Time(s): 7.30pm + 2.30pm on Wed, Thur & Sat
Price: from £17.90

Wool Against Weapons – 100 years of women campaigning for peace.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town

Wool Against weapons

Presented by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Scottish Branch. This is an exhibition highlighting the work of women campaigning for peace, starting with those who tried to bring harmony in WW1 – including Edinburgh’s Chrystal Macmillan – and ending with samples of the Scottish section of 2014’s Wool Against Weapons 7 miles peace scarf.

Date(s): 09 September to 01 October / Time(s): 10am – 6pm

Free event


Murder Mystery – What the Dickens!

Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh New Town

Murder Mystery

Join the cast in the year 1858 at the house of Charles Dickens, Gad’s Hill, in Kent. This is after all a Murder Mystery!
It is for you and your teams to work out who killed the victim, why did they do it, and how?
You will be given help by the local police who will conduct a full investigation!

Date(s): 15 September 2016 / Time(s): 7pm -midnigh
Price:  £42.50 per person. Includes 3 course dinner, arrival drink and entertainment.

William Gillies and John Maxwell Exhibition

City Art Centre, Edinburgh Old Town

City Art CentrePhoto by STV Photos via flickr

William Gillies & John Maxwell traces the careers of these two artists, exploring the parallel development of their work and their enduring friendship. It showcases some of their finest drawings and paintings, including the Fletcher Collection, a group of 43 artworks that has been on long-term loan to the City Art Centre since 1995. This is the first time in over twenty years that the Collection has been displayed together in its entirety.

Date(s): 30 July to 23 October 2016 / Time(s): Mon to Sat 10am – 5pm; Sun 12pm – 5pm
Free event

Burgundy & Jura wine tasting

The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh New Town

Wine tasting

Taste 13 fine white and red wines from two classic wine regions in France: Burgundy and its neighbour Jura. Sample Pouilly Fuisse, Rully, Meursault and Beaune from Burgundy and Cremant du Jura, Chardonnay, Poulsard and Vin de Paille from Jura. The tasting is hosted by Master of Wine & The Scotsman wine columnist Rose Murray Brown.

Date(s): 15 September / Time(s): 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Price:  £42 (includes 13 wines to taste & cheese selection)