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Oktoberfest

Party like you're in Bavaria, minus the plane fare. Drink the beer, eat the bratwurst, wear the lederhosen and party the night away, stein in hand. There's even a family-friendly Sunday lunch for the kinder.

West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

Free on Wednesdays; £5 Thursday, Friday and Sunday; £10 Saturday / 07435 428290

  • 16:00 – 23:00

Fri 3 Oct

Free on Wednesdays; £5 Thursday, Friday and Sunday; £10 Saturday / 07435 428290

  • 16:00 – 23:00

Sat 4 Oct

Free on Wednesdays; £5 Thursday, Friday and Sunday; £10 Saturday / 07435 428290

  • 12:00 – 17:00
…and 6 more dates until 12 Oct

Bose Urban Conductor Event

An interactive listening experience designed by Bose where participants can mix their own track and test out the latest range of Bose headphones. There's also a chance to view a gallery of digital content and visual art created by up and coming music artists.

Elys Yard, London E1

Fri 3 Oct

Free

  • 16:00 – 21:00

Holly Hagan: Not Quite a Geordie

Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan signs copies of her book, Not Quite a Geordie.

WH Smith, Glasgow

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 0141 204 0636

  • 12:00

WHSmith, Nottingham

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0115 947 0772

  • 12:00

WHSmith, Liverpool

Sun 19 Oct

Free / 0151 709 3383

  • 12:00

Joshua Payne: Out of Body

An immersive psychedelic experience (but without drugs); visitors wear special visors and headphones, and explore the space in this journey through the interior of the mind. Not suitable for sufferers from motion sickness.

CCA, Glasgow

Fri 3 Oct

Free / 0141 352 4900

Intimate performance experience with limited capacity; visitors are admitted every 30 minutes. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 16:00 – 21:00

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0141 352 4900

Intimate performance experience with limited capacity; visitors are admitted every 30 minutes. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 14:00 – 21:00

Bounce And Rhyme

Drop in session with action songs, rhymes and stories that help children’s literacy and numeracy. Suitable for under 3s.

Castlemilk Library, Glasgow

Wed 8 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0731

  • 13:30

Wed 15 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0731

  • 13:30

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0731

  • 13:30
…and 4 more dates until 19 Nov

Couper Institute Library, Glasgow

Mon 6 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0771

  • 13:30

Mon 13 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0771

  • 13:30

Mon 20 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0771

  • 13:30
…and 4 more dates until 17 Nov

Dennistoun Library, Glasgow

Fri 3 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0768

  • 13:30

Fri 10 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0768

  • 13:30

Fri 17 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0768

  • 13:30
…and 4 more dates until 14 Nov

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Ensemble Thing

Premiere of a new work by John deSimone exploring cultural and national identity.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01224 523700

Part of sound-scotland.

  • 13:00

Merchant Square Craft Fair

Arts and crafts market, with everything from cupcakes to candles.

Merchant Square, Glasgow

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0141 552 3038

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 12 Oct

Free / 0141 552 3038

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 19 Oct

Free / 0141 552 3038

  • 12:00 – 18:00
…and 10 more dates until 28 Dec

Commercial Street - Street Art Group Show

Lollipop Gallery is a new East End space dedicated to the here and now in the art scene. We never want to tell people why they should like art; rather we want to showcase art people will love. This show highlights the strength of the urban art scene.

Lollipop Gallery, London E1

Thu 2 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 20:00

Fri 3 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 20:00

Sat 4 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00
…and 16 more dates until 23 Oct

Crafty Barstars Vintage Fair

All things vintage, from hairstyles to clothing.

Drury Street, Glasgow

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0141 204 2929

  • 12:30 – 18:00

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 0141 204 2929

  • 12:30 – 18:00

Rohan de Saram, Jonathan Mayer and Erwan Keravec

Music for cello, tampura and bagpipes.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Sat 25 Oct

Free Aberdeen Box Office / 01224 641 122

Part of sound-scotland.

  • 13:00 – 13:45
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Bookbug Session

Rhymes, stories and songs to stimulate and delight wee ones. Suitable for under threes. Booking is essential.

Colinton Library, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

  • 14:15

Tue 14 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

  • 14:15

Tue 21 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

  • 14:15
…and 3 more dates until 11 Nov

Newington Library, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5536

  • 14:00

Wed 15 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5536

  • 14:00

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5536

  • 14:00
…and 3 more dates until 12 Nov

Piershill Library, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5685

  • 14:00

Wed 15 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5685

  • 14:00

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5685

  • 14:00
…and 3 more dates until 12 Nov

The Klee Quartet: Haydn, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn

  • Written by: Mendelssohn

Performance by Naoko Senda violin, Emi Otagao violin, Jun Ohta viola and Ruri Kuroda cello featuring music by Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Fri 19 Dec

The Round Room

Free / 0121 464 8887

  • 12:30

RSA Architecture Open 2014

The RSA takes the temperature of recent Scottish architecture and design work, in this show with exhibits submitted by practices all over the country.

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0131 225 6671

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 0131 225 6671

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0131 225 6671

  • 12:00 – 17:00
…and 6 more dates until 25 Jan 2015

A–Z: An Alphabetical Tour of Scottish Art

An overview of Scottish art from the 17th century to the present day, featuring artists from William Allan to Aleksander Zyw.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0131 529 3993

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Sun 12 Oct

Free / 0131 529 3993

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Sun 19 Oct

Free / 0131 529 3993

  • 12:00 – 17:00
…and 4 more dates until 16 Nov

Aidan Moffat: The Lavender Blue Dress

Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat signs copies of his first book, The Lavender Blue Dress.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 14:00 – 14:30

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 226 2666

  • 12:30
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Alison Auldjo

New work from the painter and gallery owner.

Union Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0131 556 7707

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 12 Oct

Free / 0131 556 7707

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 19 Oct

Free / 0131 556 7707

  • 12:00 – 18:00
…and 2 more dates until 2 Nov

Apple Festival

Is the early ripening of apples this year a taste of things to come and should we be planning to use new varieties? Join us to celebrate apples with displays of Scottish apples, opportunities to taste unusual varieties and a chance to get your unknown apples identified by an expert. With the Royal Caledonian…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Oct

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 5 Oct

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Cafe Ceilidh

Relaxed daytime traditional music session hosted by traditional music group Linten Adie.

St Bride's Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 0131 346 1405

  • 13:30 – 15:30

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0131 346 1405

  • 13:30 – 15:30

Tue 25 Nov

Free / 0131 346 1405

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Clydesdale Women's Heritage Bike Ride

Learn a bit more about the feminism behind cycling on this gentle guided bike ride.

Glasgow Women's Library

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:00 – 16:00

The House Of Peroni

A stylish celebration of the culturally diverse Italian city of Rome.

The House Of Peroni, London WC2A

Fri 3 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Sat 4 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Mon 6 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00
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John Challis: Author Event

The Only Fools And Horses star, who played Boycie in the series, signs copies of his novel.

Waterstones, Macclesfield

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01625 424212

  • 12:00 – 14:00

Jonathan Meese: Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Smell!

The debut show in Scotland by this controversial German artist.

Glue Factory, Glasgow

Sat 11 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 12 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Wed 15 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00
…and 14 more dates until 2 Nov

Ring of Brodgar Guided Walk

Explore the area around the Ring of Brodgar with a daily guided walk and learn about its special historical significance. Meet at the car park.

Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge, Stromness

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 01856 841732

  • 13:00

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 01856 841732

  • 13:00

Thu 16 Oct

Free / 01856 841732

  • 13:00
…and 23 more dates until 26 Mar 2015

RSA Open 2014

Paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography by artists from across Scotland and beyond, chosen by the RSA from an open submission.

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0131 225 6671

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 0131 225 6671

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0131 225 6671

  • 12:00 – 17:00
…and 6 more dates until 25 Jan 2015

Subway Family Fun Day

All aboard the Glasgow subway for a day of free kids activities at selected stations. There's storytelling sessions, arts & crafts, a balloon modeller at St Enoch, a magician at Hillhead and face painting at Shields Roads. There's even special offers on nearby restaurants to keep you fueled for the journey including…

Various venues: Glasgow

Sun 19 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 16:00
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