With the Festival chaos well and truly over but festive fever not yet in full swing, October is a great time to enjoy Edinburgh. Although you may have to negotiate some wet weather (what did you expect, you are in Scotland), you won’t have to battle huge crowds. This doesn’t mean there isn’t any action in the city at this time though! In fact, there is a whole host of exciting events going on in Edinburgh in October that you won’t want to miss!

Botanic Lights 2016

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Thursday 13th – Sunday 6th November, From 6pm

Returning for a third year due to overwhelming popularity, the Botanic Lights 2016 promises to be the best show yet! Usually only open in the day, experience the beautifully landscaped grounds after dark but in a way you have never seen them before! Visitors will follow a trail around the various features of the gardens including the Victorian Palm House, The Chinese Hillside and Inverleith House, all illuminated by colourful lights and projections. Time slots are allocated when buying tickets due to the huge popularity of the event so get in quick while you can.

For more information, visit the Botanic Lights website at www.botaniclights.co.uk

Gin Festival Edinburgh 2016

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Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th October, From 12pm

The UK’s largest travelling Gin festival returns to the Edinburgh at the Corn Exchange this October. Showcasing over 100 different gins, this extravaganza is a must visit for any G&T fan! The festival will feature new gins and producers as well as old favourites alongside a variety of entertainment including industry expert talks. Buy drink tokens at the door to ensure you get your fair share of refreshments and chill out with your fellow gin lovers. Please be aware, this event is for over 18s only.

For more information, visit the Gin Festival Edinburgh website at www.ginfestival.com/events/gin-festival-edinburgh-2016

Edinburgh Coffee Festival

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Summerhall, Edinburgh

Saturday 1st October, From 10am

For a city so full of amazing artisan coffee shops, it may come as a surprise that this will onle be the second year of the Edinburgh Coffee Festival! This time around the festival moves to Summerhall for a caffeine-filled Saturday of talks, experiments, workshops, and demonstrations. A number of exhibitors will be there including well-known artisan coffee roasters, speciality tea stalls, and some local cafes. Expect your usual morning coffee but with some added information and new coffee-making enlightenment.

For more information, visit the Edinburgh Coffee Festival website at www.edinburghcoffeefestival.co.uk/

Edinburgh Oktoberfest 2016

Princes Street Gardens

Wednesday 5th – Sunday 9th October, From 4pm

Start the weekend early at a German party in the Scottish Capital. From Wednesday 5th of October, join your beer-loving neighbours for a party in the park, Bavarian style! In true Oktoberfest style, you can expect huge flagons of beer, people dressed in Lederhosen, and a huge tent full of benches, bars and live music! You don’t have to dress up although it is encouraged (to get into the swing of things) and there will even be double sessions on Saturday to fit everyone in! Tickets usually sell out fast so get in quick!

For more information, visit the Oktoberfest Edinburgh website at www.edinburgh-oktoberfest.co.uk/

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