Dates for Your Diary: June

Edinburgh, UK


Hello, friends! I can hardly believe we're in the month of June already. Spring has passed and we're well and truly into the summer months - although I'm not sure the weather has got the memo! There's so much to look forward to: rose season, lazy picnics plus there seems to be so much going on in the city. I wanted to share a small selection of dates for your diary and please do leave a comment below if I've left something that you think is worth mentioning.

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Exhibitions, Entertainment & Festivals

All Month: Counted | Scotland's Census 2022 (Scottish National Portrait Gallery, free)

All Month: Robert Blomfield: Student of Light (University of Edinburgh Main Library, free)

All Month: The Collective New Exhibitions (The Collective, free)

All Month: Japanese Contemporary Design (National Museum of Scotland, free)

Sundays: Live Jazz Söderberg Pavilion (5.30pm, Söderberg Pavilion)

3rd-5th: Meadows Festival (The Meadows, free) 

From 4th June: Will Maclean: Points of Departure (City Art Centre, £6.50)

4th-12th: ECA Graduate Show 2022  (Edinburgh College of Art, free but booking is essential)

7th-18th: Sunshine on Leith (King's Theatre, from £26.50)

9th-18th: Hidden Door Festival (Old Royal High, prices vary)

11th: Leith Festival (various locations, free)

From 11th: Daniel Silver: Looking (Fruitmarket Gallery, free)

13th: Romeo + Juliet: 25th Anniversary (Scotsman Picturehouse, £19.95)

18th: Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race (Union Canal, free)

19th: Baroque Violin and Harpsichord Concert (St Cecilia's Hall, £5-£20) 

22nd: Eagles (Murrayfield Stadium, prices vary) 

From 24th: Alan Davie: Beginning of a Far-off World (Dovecot Studios, £5.25)

24th-25th: Leith Late Festival (various locations)

From 25th: Céline Condorelli / After Work (Talbot Rice Gallery, free)


All Month: Visit Dr Neils’ Garden (Dr Neils’ Garden, free)

All Month: The Pastry Section's Teddy Bears' Picnic Carrot Cake for Charity (The Pastry Section)

All Month: Visit Secret Herb Garden

25th-26th: Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, Bonnington House (Jupiter Artland, £10) 


Topping & Company (2 Blenheim Place): Topping & Company has organised eight literary events this month. The month will begin with Climate Fiction Reading Group (6th) and end with Robert Crawford discussing his long-awaited second volume on T. S. Eliot (30th) with a host of wonderful authors in between.

Golden Hare Books (68 St Stephen Street): Join Golden Hare Books for an evening with author Philip Miller, as he discusses his brilliant new novel "The Goldenacre" (9th).

Blackwell's Bookshop (53-62 South Bridge): Blackwell’s Bookshop Book Quiz (6th) starts the month off before hosting an evening with Esme Young and Serena Baker with their new books "Behind the Seams: My Life in Creativity, Friendship and Adventure" and "Serena Sews" (18th).

Typewronger Books (4a Haddington Place): Typewronger Books has a great lineup for June including Cunning Folk Book Club (6th), Little Living Room Open Mic (13th) and Humanist Society Book Group (19th). 

Portobello Bookshop (46 Portobello High Street): Lastly, Portobello Bookshop is hosting eight events this June starting with a children's event with Alex Mullarky and her debut novel "The Sky Beneath the Stone" (5th) and ending with an online event with Gurnaik Johal and Nana Nkweti in honour of their respective debut short story collections (30th).

Markets & Pop-Ups

All month: Sonny Day Studios (Space at Seventeen)

Saturdays:  Grassmarket Market (10am-5pm)

Saturdays: Leith Market (Dock Place, 10am-5pm)

Sundays: Stockbridge Market (Saunders Street, 10am-5pm)
Saturdays: Edinburgh Farmers’ Market (Castle Terrace, 9am-2pm)

Friday-Sunday: The Pitt Street Food Market (Pitt Street)

3rd-5th: Flair Art & Design Fair (B3 Level, St James Quarter)

4th-5th: Grow Urban Plant Pop-Up (Anthropologie)

4th-5th: Abbeymount Studios Open Studios

6th-19th: Treen Pop-Up (Lower Ground Floor, St James Quarter)

25th: Out of the Blue Flea Market (Out of the Blue Drillhall, free)

New To The City

Fortitude Coffee (72 Newington Road) 

Argonaut Books (15-17 Leith Walk)

Druid Edinburgh (5 Dalmeny Street)

Leith Bottle Shop (30 Great Junction Street)

Ocelot Chocolate Shop and Café (124 Raeburn Place) 


Travelling Basket (Coming Soon to 29 Broughton Street)

Banh Mi Bar (Coming Soon to Bruntsfield)

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