Edinburgh has had to endure a bit of a winter break to prepare for the arrival of the first summer visitors to the West End.
The first batch of visitors have been arriving for the first time since March and will arrive for the festival on Monday (local time) with the first of the autumn festival season set to start on Wednesday.
In a bid to create a bit more excitement for the opening, a number of new areas have been created at the park, including a new indoor swimming pool and a new bike track.
In addition, a new theatre is planned for the West end area, and an outdoor theatre will be built in the middle of the park.
The main theatre will have a capacity of 1,000 people, while the outdoor theatre is set to hold 2,000.
The area of the Westend park where the opening ceremony is to take place.
The West End area has been re-purposed as an open-air amphitheatre.
The amphitheater will be used as a temporary venue for the Festival of the Isles.
There will be a variety of entertainment for the public, including an all-ages theatre, a live music and theatre arts festival and an arts and culture garden.
The theme of the event will be ‘The First Festival of Islands’, which will be run in the summer of 2019.
The Festival of Isles is a year-long celebration of the life and stories of the Islands, and is open to all ages and is held on a large scale at various locations throughout the country.
The organisers hope to draw a large crowd to the event, which will include a number and of different performances including a performance by local composer Chris Lacy.
The opening ceremony will be held in the West Tower, and will be open to the public on Saturday (local date) at 1pm.
There are plans to open the Westside as an outdoor stage on Wednesday, but no official opening date has been announced.
A small group of people, including local businesses, have been invited to help the festival take shape.
The festival will take place on the shores of Loch Ness in the autumn of 2019 and is expected to draw thousands of people to the area.
The official opening will take the form of a performance on the island of Islay, with the Festival Of Isles opening taking place on Sunday morning (local day).
Tickets for the performance, which are priced at £40 for adults, £30 for children, are available to purchase on the festival website.