• Clothing for every eventuality – Edinburgh can have very changeable weather!
  • If you are bringing small children, have a plan in case they get separated.
  • Lots of change so that you can tip performers (they also take banknotes!)

More information on the Fringe Street Events in 2021 will be coming soon.

The centre of Edinburgh is very busy during the Fringe. We highly recommend taking public transport to get to and from the Fringe Street Events. The sites are close to Edinburgh Waverley railway station, major bus routes and cycle routes. There are bike racks within the sites. Find out more about getting here.

Street Performer invites audience to join in their performance

More information on the Fringe Street Events in 2021 will be coming soon.

There’s lots to see at the Fringe Street Events. Here are just some of the performers and activities you’re likely to see during your visit.

Fringe stages

Not sure what shows you want to see? We have stages previewing Fringe shows throughout the day. These short 20-minute spots are perfect for giving you a free taste of some of the thousands of shows on offer at the Fringe.


Music, magic, circus, sideshow. You’ll see all these and more in our busker pitches dotted around the event arenas. We register over 500 buskers, so there’s always something new to see.

Street performers

Pulling the biggest crowds at the Street Events, these professional performers come from around the world to perform at the Fringe. Using a mixture of comedy, theatre and circus skills, they can entertain audiences of several hundred at a time. We have five street performer circle pitches across the High Street and the Mound.

Living statues

There are plenty of statues in Edinburgh, but not all of them move. Strange characters, wonderful costumes and a surprise await should you drop a coin into the hat. All our living statues make their own costumes and create their own micro-theatre scenes.

Festival Vendors

Among the performance areas, in every nook and cranny you’ll find someone exchanging a skill for a donation. Portrait artists, caricaturists, hair braiders, face painters, palmists and more. 

Street Events staff holds sign for auidences

Street performers rely on audience participation to create an exciting performance. Many performers will invite members of the audience "on-stage" to be part of a trick or stunt. As an audience member, taking part in a Street Event can be a thrilling and memorable experience!

The Fringe Street Events are family-friendly and a great way of introducing kids to the festival and live performance. Many of the acts are specifically geared towards children and while there might be a few cheeky moments, all shows should be generally suitable for children.

The Street Events are a busy place and care should be taken to ensure children do not get separated from their parents or guardians. We have procedures in place to deal with lost children and work closely with the police and security on site, so please tell a member of staff straight away if you can’t find your child.

We would recommend making sure that your child has a phone number or other contact details with them at all times, especially if English is not their first language.

Not only can you catch incredible acts from a diverse range of world-class street performers, you can also preview hundreds of Fringe shows for free to help plan your festival. in 2019, the High Street and Mound Precinct played host to a staggering 274 shows a day so if you're looking for inspiration, this is a great place to start.

The Fringe Street Events is a busking festival. This means that the only people paying the performers are you, the watching public. If you enjoy a show and you can afford it, please show your appreciation and put some money in the hat.

Street theatre is for everyone, so if you cannot afford to tip our performers that’s ok. A simple ‘thank you’ is also welcome.

Street events staff in uniform

The Fringe Street Events staff are positioned throughout the event area and will happy to assist you with anything you need. They will be wearing red tops with ‘Fringe Street Team’ on the back. We have a dedicated first aid team on hand so let us know if you have need medical assistance. All our staff have access training and will be more than happy to help those with additional access needs.

Year-round you can get in touch with any questions by emailing [email protected] or calling 0131 240 1912.

If you have an act and would like to perform with us check out our guide to Street Events in the take part section.