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
Mackintosh 150

Mackintosh 150

01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
Mackintosh 150 will celebrate the incredible legacy and creative genius of Glasgow's Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 2018, marking the 150th anniversary of his birth!
Dance House Glasgow Winter Fest 2018

Dance House Glasgow Winter Fest 2018

03 Jan 2018 - 13 Jan 2018
Dance House Glasgow take up residence in the CCA from 3rd - 13th January with a celebratory festival of dance!
St Mungo Festival

St Mungo Festival

12 Jan 2018 - 19 Jan 2018
St Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow, is celebrated during the city's official St Mungo Festival in January!
Meet Your Maker: Gin & Spirit Festival

Meet Your Maker: Gin & Spirit Festival

13 Jan 2018 - 13 Jan 2018
BAaD presents Meet Your Maker: Gin & Spirit Festival, celebrating the the best of Scottish producers, brand owners and distillers!
Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections

18 Jan 2018 - 04 Feb 2018
Celtic Connections brings Glasgow to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions and free events!
The National Whisky Festival

The National Whisky Festival

20 Jan 2018 - 20 Jan 2018
Celtic Connections: the second annual National Whisky Festival of Scotland will once again descend on SWG3 in January!
Meet Your Maker: Whisky & Spirit Festival

Meet Your Maker: Whisky & Spirit Festival

27 Jan 2018 - 27 Jan 2018
BAaD presents Meet Your Maker: Whisky & Spirit Festival, celebrating the the best of Scottish producers, brand owners and distillers!
Glasgow Festivals in February
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 Film Festival

Glasgow Film Festival

21 Feb 2018 - 04 Mar 2018
Glasgow Film Festival offers a packed programme including pop-up cinema and special events in unique Glasgow venues!
The Scottish Acoustic Festival

The Scottish Acoustic Festival

23 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
A new platform for Scottish singer songwriters, The Scottish Acoustic Festival, is coming to Glasgow between 23rd and 25th February!
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 International

Glasgow International

20 Apr 2018 - 07 May 2018
For three weeks Glasgow International showcases the best of local & international visual art in venues across the City
Scot Gin Fest - Glasgow

Scot Gin Fest - Glasgow

21 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018
Scotland's biggest and best Gin Festival is back and this time with a Scottish Tour which comes to Glasgow's Trades Hall on April 21st 2018!
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!
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!
Southside Fringe Festival

Southside Fringe Festival

11 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
Enjoy a fortnight of music, workshops and events south of the river Clyde during the annual Southside Fringe Festival!
The Scottish Street Food Festival 2018

The Scottish Street Food Festival 2018

18 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
The Scottish Street Food Festival is returning to the Riverside Museum between 18th & 20th May celebrating Scotland's vibrant and ever growing Street food culture!
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 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 Festival of Wine

Glasgow Festival of Wine

02 Jun 2018 - 02 Jun 2018
Calling all wine lovers... the Glasgow Festival of Wine 2018 is returning to the Trades Hall of Glasgow in June!
Glasgow Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival

07 Jun 2018 - 17 Jun 2018
Held every year in June, the Glasgow Science Festival offers two weeks of city-wide science events!
TRNSMT Festival

TRNSMT Festival

29 Jun 2018 - 08 Jul 2018
After an incredible first year, TRNSMT Festival will return to Glasgow Green in 2018 for not one but two weekends!
Fiesta x FOLD

Fiesta x FOLD

30 Jun 2018 - 01 Jul 2018
The 2018 edition of the Fiesta will be bigger & better than ever before featuring CHIC and curated with Nile Rodgers!
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!
EuropeNow Film Festival

EuropeNow Film Festival

12 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
EuropeNow is a brand new European film festival being held between 12th & 14th July at CCA Glasgow!
Milngavie Gin Festival 2017

Milngavie Gin Festival 2017

21 Jul 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
Milngavie's first ever Gin Festival will be hosted by Finsbay in the Finsbay Lane on July 21st & 22nd!
West End Beer Festival

West End Beer Festival

21 Jul 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
The annual West End Beer Festival is being held at Cafe Source Too, Hillhead Sports Club on the 21st & 22nd July!
Glasgow Canal Festival

Glasgow Canal Festival

22 Jul 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
The first ever Glasgow Canal Festival is coming to the Forth & Clyde Canal, North Glasgow on Saturday 22nd July!
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!
Surge Festival

Surge Festival

28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
SURGE Festival returns to Glasgow as part of the Merchant City Festival with a host of spectacular street theatre!
Glasgow Festivals in August
IGNITION Festival of Motoring

IGNITION Festival of Motoring

04 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017
The IGNITION Festival of Motoring returns to the SEC Glasgow in August with an exhilarating three-day extravaganza!
The Scottish Drinks Festival

The Scottish Drinks Festival

05 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017
The first ever Scottish Drinks Festival is being held on 5th & 6th August at Glasgow's iconic Briggait!
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!
Vegan Connections 2017

Vegan Connections 2017

11 Aug 2017 - 12 Aug 2017
Vegan Connections is returning to Glasgow and it's promising to be the Vegan event of the summer!
Kirkintilloch Canal Festival

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival

14 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
The Kirkintilloch Canal Festival promises a swashbuckling mix of family fun, boat trips, live music & fireworks!
Pride Glasgow

Pride Glasgow

19 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
Pride Glasgow, Scotland's largest LGBT festival will be held at Glasgow Green on the 19th & 20th August!
Blythswood Square Gin Festival

Blythswood Square Gin Festival

20 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
On Sunday the 20th of August the Blythswood Square will be hosting their third Gin Festival!
Glasgow Unity Festival

Glasgow Unity Festival

25 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
Glasgow Unity Festival at Queen's Park Arena is a three day celebration of our city’s multicultural heritage!
Creationfest Scotland

Creationfest Scotland

26 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Join Creation Fest for music, talks, pro-skater demos and skate ramp and family fun in George Square on 26th August!
Govanhill Against Racism Festival

Govanhill Against Racism Festival

26 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
Celebrate Govanhill, Scotland's most diverse community at the Govanhill Against Racism Festival!
Glasgow Vegan Beer Fest

Glasgow Vegan Beer Fest

27 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
Glasgow Vegan Beer Fest is BACK for a second year with plenty of beer, cider, wine, cocktails & mouthwatering food!
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

Glasgow Wildfest

01 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Now in its fourth year, Glasgow Wildfest, is a whole month of events celebrating Glasgow’s greenspaces!
Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival

02 Sep 2017 - 03 Sep 2017
The Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival is an amazing free day out with music, cookery, real ale, fresh produce and fun!
Milngavie Beer Festival

Milngavie Beer Festival

02 Sep 2017 - 02 Sep 2017
Try over 30 craft beers from 7 different breweries at the family-friendly Milngavie Beer Festival on September 2nd!
Be Here Now - Festival of Indie Rock

Be Here Now - Festival of Indie Rock

09 Sep 2017 - 09 Sep 2017
Celebrate some of the greatest music the scene has ever produced at Be Here Now - Festival of Indie Rock!
Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

11 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
Explore Glasgow and get behind the scenes at this annual architecture and built heritage festival!
Blue Light Festival

Blue Light Festival

16 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
The Blue Light Festival returns to Riverside Museum in September featuring an array of emergency vehicles old and new!
Festival of the Sea

Festival of the Sea

16 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
The Festival of the Sea comes to The Briggait with live music, fresh seafood, cooking demos and an evening ceilidh!
Shawfest 2017

Shawfest 2017

16 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
Shawfest 2017 will take place on September 16th & 17th, raising funds for the Fraser Shaw Trust!
Freshers’ Festival 2017

Freshers’ Festival 2017

20 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
Glasgow Freshers' Festival 2017 in George Square, brings you the biggest and best student party of the year!
Byres Road Book Festival

Byres Road Book Festival

22 Sep 2017 - 25 Sep 2017
The West End celebrates it's love of literature and all things creative with the four day Byres Road Book Festival!
Byres Road Book Festival

Byres Road Book Festival

22 Sep 2017 - 25 Sep 2017
The West End celebrates it's love of literature and all things creative with the four day Byres Road Book 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!
Clydebuilt Festival

Clydebuilt Festival

22 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
From September 22nd - 24th, Glasgow will play host to the first Clydebuilt Festival, a celebration of boats!
SU2C Family Festival

SU2C Family Festival

24 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Join the Cancer Research UK Shop, Helensburgh for their Stand Up To Cancer Family Festival event on September 24th!
ParkLives Festival

ParkLives Festival

25 Sep 2017 - 25 Sep 2017
Glasgow ParkLives is hosting a festival of fun! FREE fun activities for all the family at Victoria Park!
Krafta International Art Making Film Festival

Krafta International Art Making Film Festival

27 Sep 2017 - 01 Oct 2017
Krafta will hold its inaugural festival in Glasgow at the Lighthouse and Sloans from September 27th!
Black History Month

Black History Month

28 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
A full programme of events is being held across Glasgow during October to celebrate Black History Month.
World of Film International Festival Glasgow

World of Film International Festival Glasgow

28 Sep 2017 - 01 Oct 2017
The World of Film International Festival comes to Websters Theatre between September 28th and October 1st!
Explorathon Glasgow

Explorathon Glasgow

29 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Feed your curiosity when Explorathon returns to Glasgow for 2017 on Friday 29th and Saturday the 30th of September!
Glasgow Oktoberfest

Glasgow Oktoberfest

29 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
Come and enjoy the amazing atmosphere at the Glasgow Oktoberfest Pop Up on Sauchiehall Street!
Glasgow Festivals in October
Luminate Festival

Luminate Festival

01 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, is running throughout October and there are many events to choose from!
The Mackintosh Festival

The Mackintosh Festival

01 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
The Mackintosh Festival invites you to celebrate the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a series of events!
Glasgow Cathedral Festival

Glasgow Cathedral Festival

08 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
Don't miss a week of music, poetry, exhibitions and more at Glasgow Cathedral Festival, 8th-14th October 2017!
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival: Glasgow

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival: Glasgow

10 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival will take place in venues across Scotland from 10th - 29th October 2017.
Magipup Festival

Magipup Festival

14 Oct 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre's Magipup Festival will keep everyone entertained over October Half Term!
Oxjam Glasgow Festival

Oxjam Glasgow Festival

14 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
Join Oxjam Glasgow in celebrating 11 years of Oxjam Music Festival with 12 hours of non-stop music on October 14th!
Story Fest

Story Fest

16 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
St. Enoch Centre is celebrating the magic of books and reading with their children's book festival... Story Fest!
Glasgow Tequila Festival

Glasgow Tequila Festival

21 Oct 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
Grab your dancing clogs and prepare for Mexican madness when the Tequila Festival hits Glasgow in October!
Castlemilk Park Pumpkin Festival

Castlemilk Park Pumpkin Festival

22 Oct 2017 - 25 Oct 2017
Castlemilk Park will be holding their annual Pumpkin Festival this October featuring carving and a parade!
Africa in Motion - Glasgow Highlights

Africa in Motion - Glasgow Highlights

27 Oct 2017 - 05 Nov 2017
Now in its twelfth year, Africa in Motion Film Festival, brings the best of African cinema to Scotland!
Day of the Dead Glesga

Day of the Dead Glesga

28 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
The spirit of Mexico's most famous festivals, Day of the Dead, is set to descend on Glasgow's East End!
Glasgow Festivals in November
Glasgow Horror Festival 2017 - Two Day Horror Fest & Convention

Glasgow Horror Festival 2017 - Two Day Horror Fest & Convention

04 Nov 2017 - 05 Nov 2017
The Glasgow Horror Festival returns for two days this year at The Classic Grand on November 4th & 5th!
Pizza & Prosecco Festival Glasgow

Pizza & Prosecco Festival Glasgow

04 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
Get a slice of the action from an array of pop ups and bars at Glasgow's first Pizza & Prosecco Festival!
Glasgow Festival of Burlesque 2017

Glasgow Festival of Burlesque 2017

09 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
The Glasgow Festival of Burlesque returns for a third year to The Riding Room & Wild Cabaret in November!
Glasgow Games Festival 2017

Glasgow Games Festival 2017

11 Nov 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
The annual Glasgow Games Festival returns to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on November 11th!
Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

11 Nov 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
Glasgow's biggest and best whisky event, the Whisky Festival, returns to Hampden Park in November!
Glasgow Loves Christmas

Glasgow Loves Christmas

19 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Glasgow Loves Christmas brings six weeks of magical events, shopping and festive fun to the heart of the city!
Festival of The Dead Returns To Glasgow

Festival of The Dead Returns To Glasgow

24 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
After an amazing night in May, Festival of The Dead returns to Glasgow's O2 Academy on November 24th!
Book Week Scotland: Glasgow

Book Week Scotland: Glasgow

27 Nov 2017 - 03 Dec 2017
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November!
Queens Park Govanhill Tree Festival

Queens Park Govanhill Tree Festival

30 Nov 2017 - 02 Dec 2017
Over two dozen Christmas Trees are taking up residence at this year's Christmas Tree Festival at Queens Park Govanhill Parish Church!
Glasgow Festivals in December
Helensburgh Winter Festival

Helensburgh Winter Festival

02 Dec 2017 - 03 Dec 2017
Helensburgh Winter Festival, one of the most popular events on the local calendar, returns on the 2nd & 3rd December!
The Glasgow Vegan Christmas Festival

The Glasgow Vegan Christmas Festival

09 Dec 2017 - 09 Dec 2017
Vegan Connections is back with a yummy Christmas bash... The Glasgow Vegan Christmas Festival!
Mountains on Stage Film Festival

Mountains on Stage Film Festival

11 Dec 2017 - 11 Dec 2017
The Mountains on Stage Film Festival returns to the UK and will be screening six films inspired by skiers, snowboarders and mountaineers, at VUE Glasgow Fort!