Winter Guided Walk: join a Garden Guide for a leisurely afternoon walk round the Garden. Discover stunning seasonal highlights and learn about the history of the Garden and its plants. For ages 14+. 2pm, John Hope Gateway Reception, Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, Inverleith Row. £5 per person: no advance booking necessary.
Storytelling: Happy Birthday Rabbie! Come and celebrate Burns Day with Scottish song, story and poetry. Enjoy a wee bit of the Bard’s work, learn some Scots language and listen to some Scottish traditional tales. For ages 7+. 2pm, 2.45pm or 3.30pm (30 minute sessions), Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street. Free: no booking required.
Filmhouse Junior: Penguins of Madagascar (U). 11am, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets cost £4 per person, big or small, and can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 0131 228 2688. Next week: Into The Woods.
Sofi’s Nocturnes: a weekly open stage hosted by Matt Norris and Arno Blok. Unplugged and intimate: all acts welcome (music, spoken word, comedy, anything else you’d like to do). A free drink for every performer. 8-10pm, Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street.
Macastory: The Two Rabbies. A fun-filled show with not one but two Rabbie Burns, each claiming to be the real McCoy! The audience must decide who is telling the truth as the Rabbies tell outrageous tall tales of their amazing adventures, and perform songs and verses from the Bard himself. 12 noon, 2pm or 3pm (40 minute sessions), Hawthornden Court, Level 1, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street. Free: just drop in.
Rock and Roll Ping Pong with DJ Ding and DJ Dong; a free monthly social night, with balls on! Free play, silly ping pong games, music from every genre to play along to, and an optional, strictly amateur, tournament (£1 entry, winner takes all). 7-11pm, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate. The Bongo Club is owned by local arts charity Out of the Blue. ‘Putting the sounds of the underground and imaginative aspirations before the mighty dollar’.
Me & T Monthly: a supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender. An opportunity to meet other people who may have similar experiences, questions or concerns. 2-4pm, LGBT Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information contact email@example.com.
St Giles at Six: music students from Napier University. Solo performances from final year music students. 6pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Free: retiring collection.