Festivals in Glasgow

From music to film, comedy to books, family to the arts there's a wide range of cultural festivals being held through the year in Glasgow!

Glasgow Festivals in January
Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections

19 Jan 2017 - 05 Feb 2017
Celtic Connections brings Glasgow to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions and free events!
Glasgow Festivals in February
Glasgow Film Festival

Glasgow Film Festival

15 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
Glasgow Film Festival offers a packed programme including pop-up cinema and special events in unique Glasgow venues!
Take Me Somewhere

Take Me Somewhere

22 Feb 2017 - 12 Mar 2017
Take Me Somewhere will be a celebratory festival of contemporary performance, taking place in Spring 2017!
Glasgow Festivals in March
Aye Write!

Aye Write!

09 Mar 2017 - 19 Mar 2017
Held in March Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival is one of the leading literary festivals in the UK!
Glasgow St Patricks Festival

Glasgow St Patricks Festival

11 Mar 2017 - 19 Mar 2017
The Glasgow St Patrick's Festival celebrates and promotes Irish Heritage and Culture across the city!
Puppet Animation Festival: Glasgow

Puppet Animation Festival: Glasgow

25 Mar 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
The Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s oldest and largest performing arts festival for children!
Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

08 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
Glasgow Comedy Festival features spectacular stand-up stars and home-grown favourites on stages across the city!
Glasgow Festivals in April
Scottish Elvis Festival

Scottish Elvis Festival

07 Apr 2017 - 09 Apr 2017
The Official Scottish Elvis Presley Festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of the king of rock and roll!
Dance International Glasgow

Dance International Glasgow

21 Apr 2017 - 21 May 2017
Tramway's Dance International Glasgow (DiG) returns for its second outing, from 21 April - 21 May 2017!
Glasgow Festivals in May
Tectonics Music Festival Glasgow

Tectonics Music Festival Glasgow

06 May 2017 - 07 May 2017
Tectonics is an experimental music festival proudly presented by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the City Halls!
Mayfesto

Mayfesto

09 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
The Tron Theatre's Mayfesto celebrates powerful new writing that is both provocative and engrossing!
Southside Fringe Festival

Southside Fringe Festival

12 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
Enjoy a fortnight of music, workshops and events south of the river Clyde during the annual Southside Fringe Festival!
Festival of Museums: Glasgow

Festival of Museums: Glasgow

19 May 2017 - 21 May 2017
Festival of Museums is a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums & galleries with events during the day & night!
Glasgow Festivals in June
LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Glasgow

LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Glasgow

01 Jun 2017 - 14 Jun 2017
LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight returns packed with over 40 sporting, cultural, academic, social & recreational events!
Southside Film Festival

Southside Film Festival

02 Jun 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
Be prepared for an exciting weekend of film south of the river, when the Southside Film Festival returns!
West End Festival

West End Festival

02 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
The West End Festival is Glasgow's largest cultural event hosting a wide variety of events and performances each June!
Glasgow Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival

08 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Held every year in June, the Glasgow Science Festival offers two weeks of city-wide science events!
Glasgow Juniper Festival

Glasgow Juniper Festival

09 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
The Glasgow Juniper Festival returns to SWG3 in June offering two days of gin packed fun!
Glasgow Jazz Festival

Glasgow Jazz Festival

21 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Glasgow Jazz Festival returns in June with a selection of world class musicians and upcoming superstars!
Glasgow Festivals in July
The Village Storytelling Festival

The Village Storytelling Festival

03 Jul 2017 - 08 Jul 2017
The Village Storytelling Festival is a celebration and exploration of the art and application of storytelling!
Merchant City Festival

Merchant City Festival

22 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
9-day festival of street theatre, music, dance, circus, visual arts, comedy & literature in Glasgow's City Centre!
Glasgow Festivals in August
Piping Live!

Piping Live!

07 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
Piping Live! the world's biggest week of piping will bring over 50,000 music fans to Glasgow!
European Championships Glasgow 2018

European Championships Glasgow 2018

01 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event!
Glasgow Festivals in September
Glasgow Wildfest 2016

Glasgow Wildfest 2016

01 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
The Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival is back for its third year but with a brand new name: Glasgow Wildfest!
Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

12 Sep 2016 - 18 Sep 2016
Explore Glasgow and get behind the scenes at this annual architecture and built heritage festival!
Clydebuilt Festival

Clydebuilt Festival

22 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
The Clydebuilt Festival is a celebration of boats and the folk that use them for work and play!
Glasgow Festivals in October
The Mackintosh Festival

The Mackintosh Festival

01 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
The Mackintosh Festival invites you to celebrate the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a series of events!
Glasgow Festivals in November
Glasgow Loves Christmas

Glasgow Loves Christmas

20 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Glasgow Loves Christmas brings six weeks of magical events, shopping and festive fun to the heart of the city!
Book Week Scotland: Glasgow

Book Week Scotland: Glasgow

21 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November!
Glasgow Festivals in December

Festivals across Greater Glasgow

Biggar Little Festival

Biggar Little Festival

Biggar
Biggar Little Festival 2017 will run between the 19th to the 29th October!A family-friendly festival in the historic market town of Biggar - a small town...
Book Week Scotland: East Renfrewshire

Book Week Scotland: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2015 will take place from Monday...
Book Week Scotland: Lanarkshire

Book Week Scotland: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2015 will take place from Monday...
Book Week Scotland: Renfrewshire

Book Week Scotland: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2015 will take place from Monday...
Clyde and Avon Valley Festival

Clyde and Avon Valley Festival

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Discover the secrets of the Clyde and Avon Valley by taking part in an exciting and vibrant festival this May!The programme includes a staggering 37 family...
Encounters

Encounters

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Encounters is North Lanarkshire’s cultural festival. The North Lanarkshire Encounters Festival, running throughout October, offers the chance to experience...
Festival of Museums: Lanarkshire

Festival of Museums: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
Festival of Museums: Renfrewshire

Festival of Museums: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
HaHa Hamilton Comedy Festival

HaHa Hamilton Comedy Festival

Hamilton
This year's nine day Ha Ha Hamilton Comedy Festival kicks off with a Comedy Gala in aid of STV’s Children's Appeal 2016 at the Hamilton Townhouse on...
Imaginate Festival: Renfrewshire

Imaginate Festival: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Imaginate is a unique organisation in Scotland, promoting, developing and celebrating the performing arts for children and young people.It is our goal...
Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

Lochwinnoch
Lochwinnoch Arts Festival 2017, the 16th annual Festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative & Visual Arts will be held from 15th March - 26th March...
Puppet Animation Festival: East Renfrewshire

Puppet Animation Festival: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Puppet Animation Festival: Lanarkshire

Puppet Animation Festival: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Puppet Animation Festival: Renfrewshire & Inverclyde

Puppet Animation Festival: Renfrewshire & Inverclyde

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Scotlands Gardens: East Renfrewshire

Scotlands Gardens: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Scotlands Gardens: Lanarkshire

Scotlands Gardens: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Scotlands Gardens: Renfrewshire

Scotlands Gardens: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: East Renfrewshire

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: East Renfrewshire

Various Locations East Renfrewshire
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Lanarkshire

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Renfrewshire

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Renfrewshire

Various Locations Renfrewshire
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
The Spree

The Spree

Paisley
Paisley’s national festival will be back from 13-22 October and we have another bumper line-up for you!The biggest week of the year in Renfrewshire'...
Young at Heart Festival

Young at Heart Festival

Various Locations Lanarkshire
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 18 March 2017Especially aimed at the 50+ age group, the Young at Heart festival aims to celebrate the arts as engaging and accessible...
Festival of Architechture: Lanarkshire

Festival of Architechture: Lanarkshire

Various Locations Lanarkshire
The Festival of Architecture in 2016 is a Scotland-wide celebration of one of the country's most creative industries.Discover hidden treasures, old classics...
East Renfrewshire Early Years Festival

East Renfrewshire Early Years Festival

Giffnock
Eastwood Park Theatre's Early Years Festival runs from the 6th 10th July 2016.Ever fancy being a superhero? Or joining a pirate ship? Or researching your...

Festivals in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
From 8th - 18th October, the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival returns for its second year in a city-wide celebration of eating out. \r\n\r\nThere\'s a wide...
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Various Locations Edinburgh
Passion is the theme for the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October....
Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Runs from 21st to 24th July 2016.Runway shows, exhibitions, gala parties, interactive workshops and talks in some of the most unique and beautiful venues...
Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

Edinburgh New Town
Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, presented by Riverside Studios, brings together the worlds of arts, entertainment and technology – to showcase...
Edinburgh Doors Open Days

Edinburgh Doors Open Days

Various Locations Edinburgh
Doors Open Days first took place in Glasgow and Ayr in 1990 where it formed part of the European City of Culture celebrations.The success of the event...
Africa in Motion Film Festival: Edinburgh

Africa in Motion Film Festival: Edinburgh

Various Locations Edinburgh
Welcome to the 11th edition of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival! We are back and ready to present a packed programme of screenings, discussions...
Edinburghs Christmas

Edinburghs Christmas

Various Locations Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s Christmas is back from 18 November 2016 – 7 January 2017, promising a bigger and better festive season than ever before! Plus, EH postcode...
Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

Various Locations Edinburgh
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Red, Red Rose Street

Red, Red Rose Street

Edinburgh New Town
A new festival of Burns' music, words and comedy expanding the traditional Burns Night into a week-long celebration of the work of the world-renowned...
Manipulate Festival

Manipulate Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Welcome to the manipulate festival, Puppet Animation Scotland's annual celebration of innovative international visual theatre and animated film. In a...
Edinburgh Iranian Festival

Edinburgh Iranian Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Iranian Festival is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), with Charity Number SC044795. The festival aims to increase...
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

Edinburgh Old Town
ESAF is a social enterprise that initially provided emerging creatives with a platform to showcase their work to the public. We have since evolved into...
Gather Festival

Gather Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Open to all, Gather Festival takes place from 04-12 March 2017 in various in Edinburgh City Centre and around University of Edinburgh.Gather Festival...
Edinburghs Festival of Ireland

Edinburghs Festival of Ireland

Various Locations Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland is a celebration of the city's own Irish community, around St Patrick's Day every year.
Rare Books Edinburgh 2017

Rare Books Edinburgh 2017

Various Locations Edinburgh
Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival dedicated to rare, collectable, and important books and the history of the book. Edinburgh's finest bookish institutions...
Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Puppet Animation Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Various Locations Edinburgh
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Leith
Edinburgh International Science Festival, founded in 1989, is an educational charity that aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover...
TradFest

TradFest

Edinburgh Old Town
Edinburgh’s TradFest kick starts the summer season with a feast of music, storytelling, dance, folk drama, folk film, literature & talks, crafts & visual...
Festival of Museums: Edinburgh & Lothians

Festival of Museums: Edinburgh & Lothians

Various Locations Edinburgh
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Edinburgh Old Town
Our flagship festival is now called Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (formerly Imaginate Festival).The Edinburgh International Children's...
LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Edinburgh & Lothians

LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Edinburgh & Lothians

Various Locations Edinburgh
Festival Fortnight is an exciting mix of sport, cultural, academic and recreational events and activities co-ordinated by LEAP Sports Scotland. The festival...
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

Various Locations Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has been listed as one of the UK’s best cycling festivals by The Guardian and Total Women’s Cycling 2015 (and in...
Leith Festival

Leith Festival

Leith
Leith Festival is an array of colour, sound, culture and pageantry that takes place over nine days in June, showing off the wealth of Leith’s local...
Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh West
Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international...
Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
The Edinburgh International Magic Festival is a unique organisation designed to promote magic as an art form through an annual programme of performances...
RebusFest

RebusFest

Various Locations Edinburgh
Hosted by IAN RANKIN and the Orion Publishing Group REBUSFEST is a weekend of literature, art, film, music and more to celebrate 30 years of the iconic...
Architecture Fringe: Edinburgh

Architecture Fringe: Edinburgh

Various Locations Edinburgh
Initiated by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent...
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Edinburgh Jazz Festival was set up in 1978 by banjo-player and guitarist, Mike Hart. Mike's initial focus was on traditional jazz and a host of events...
Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art, attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2014. We bring together...
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Various Locations Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital...
Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest...
Just Festival

Just Festival

Edinburgh New Town
Just Festival events aim to challenge perceptions, celebrate differences and promote respectful dialogue. The conversations, talks, exhibitions and performances...
Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh New Town
Set in a specially created tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh International Book Festival offers something...
Luminate Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Luminate Festival: Edinburgh & Lothians

Various Locations Edinburgh
Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, is held from 1st to 31st October across Scotland each year. The festival brings together older people...
Festival of Politics

Festival of Politics

Edinburgh Old Town
Enjoy a lively selection of debate, film, music, food and exhibitions all within in the uniquely vibrant and stimulating setting of Holyrood.We look forward...
Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Welcome to the World's Finest Feast of Traditional Storytelling.The Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) is a 10 day celebration of live...
Edinburgh Horror Festival

Edinburgh Horror Festival

Various Locations Edinburgh
Founded in 2016, the Edinburgh Horror Festival is a not-for-profit unincorporated association. It will present a platform for artists with a paranormal...
Book Week Scotland: Edinburgh & Lothians

Book Week Scotland: Edinburgh & Lothians

Various Locations Edinburgh
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life...
Edinburghs Hogmanay

Edinburghs Hogmanay

Various Locations Edinburgh
Three DAYS of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.

Festivals in Stirling

Puppet Animation Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Puppet Animation Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
Puppet Animation Festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 the festival will feature almost 130 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland...
Stirling Festival of Cycling

Stirling Festival of Cycling

Stirling
The Stirling Festival of Cycling is a celebration of cycling for everyone. The Stirling Festival of Cycling is happening on Sunday 7th August and we...
The Shindig

The Shindig

Stirling
In 2013 we launched the Stirling Fringe Festival - the city’s biggest and most successful arts festival.After three years we’ve re-launched as The...
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
‘Time’ is the theme for the 2016 Festival, the very special 10th year, which will take place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 31st October.One...
Scotlands Gardens: Stirling & Falkirk

Scotlands Gardens: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens...
Off the Page Book Festival

Off the Page Book Festival

Stirling
The 12th Off the Page will once again bring an exciting programme of events in Stirling. Off the Page is one of the many cultural events that made Stirling...
Festival of Museums: Stirling & Falkirk

Festival of Museums: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
The Festival of Museums is just that – a three day celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries with events during the day and night!Museums and...
LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Stirling & Falkirk

LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight: Stirling & Falkirk

Various Locations Stirling
Festival Fortnight is an exciting mix of sport, cultural, academic and recreational events and activities co-ordinated by LEAP Sports Scotland. The festival...
Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland

Various Locations Stirling
Bloody Scotland celebrates the best Scottish and International crime fiction. The festival will return for 2017 on the 8th, 9th, & 10th of September.
Book Week Scotland: Stirling

Book Week Scotland: Stirling

Various Locations Stirling
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.Book Week Scotland 2017 will take place from Monday...