Offbeat and obscure comedy, music, dance, and drama step into the limelight. The scale is enormous: more than 40,000 performances attended by nearly 2 million people, including numerous events in Edinburgh’s seaside suburbs of Musselburgh, Leith, and Granton; edfringe.com.
While you’re here: Visit the Royal Yacht Brittania, now permanently docked at Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal. Launched in 1953, the steamer was the royal family’s floating palace on 968 voyages over 44 years.
Where to stay: The Malmaison Edinburgh is a habor-view boutique hotel that blends a bygone vibe with 21st-century comfort and style. Rates start at $127; malmaison.com.