Edinburgh's Grassmarket Announces Summer Action
The Grassmarket may usually be a hodgepodge of watering holes that punctuate the day for Fringe loving punters and the nights for rowdy women in pink cowboy hats, but this summer it’s getting in on the action with a programme of events running from June through August. The focus is less on making it to closing time, and more on family-friendly, outdoor events. Best of all, it’s completely free.
The reinstatement of The GrassMarkets on the first Sunday of every month shows the first fruits of the initiative, commencing on 7th June and running until September. Stalls will take over the area, selling everything from food and drink to plants and vintage clothes, with a soundtrack provided by both emerging and established musicians throughout the afternoon.
Various other outdoor endeavours are planned, with collaborations involving Edinburgh International Film Festival, Dance Base, and the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in the pipeline. Of particular note, Under The Stars centers upon the work of past EIFF patrons. Taking place on the 19th and 20th June, the area will be transformed into an outdoor auditorium with screenings of such gems as Sir Sean's You Only Live Twice and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
For those who want to get a little more active, Summer Dancin’ - taking place on 4th and 5th July - will see live demonstrations and a Tea Dance on the Saturday, with free lessons coming courtesy of Dance Base on the Sunday. Kicking off the Fringe in New Orleans style, Mardi Gras will hit the Grassmarket on 1st August, parading down Victoria Street from 1pm and launching into an afternoon of music as part of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival from 1pm-4pm.