Scottish Festivals

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The Feastival of St Andrew

Some top-notch Scottish street food, music, spoken word and street art at this feastival in honour of St Andrew's Day.

SWG3, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

£5 (free before 2pm; children free all day) / 0141 357 7246

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland in Edinburgh, with the east side of Princes Street transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled German Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein). The ice rink has…

City Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Nov

Times & prices vary

Fri 28 Nov

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Sat 29 Nov

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…and 36 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra GIOfest VII

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra's seventh annual GIOfest is Scotland's only dedicated festival of free improvisation, featuring three days of international guests in a packed programme of concerts, films, workshops and discussions. This year's theme is 'Connected Elements' and the festival features some of the world's most…

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 27 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0141 352 4900

Fri 28 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0141 352 4900

Sat 29 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0141 352 4900

Big Burns Supper

Stars from across the country congregate as Dumfries celebrates the birth of the Baird with a vast selection of dance, theatre, visual arts, live art and comedy, turning Burns' Night into a festival of contemporary arts.

Various venues, Dumfries

Fri 23 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sat 24 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sun 25 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

…and 6 more dates until 31 Jan 2015

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh's world-famous Hogmanay celebration ushers the new year in with a bang. A Torchlight Procession winds through the historic Old Town and onto a son et lumiere on Calton Hill on 30 Dec, a massive street party with live music from Lily Allen (with more acts tbc) that culminates with Midnight Fireworks from the…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Tue 30 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

…and 3 more dates until 1 Jan 2016 back to top

Scottish Coffee Festival

The very first Scottish Coffee Festival showcases coffee roasters and local cafes. Visitors can create their own latte art, enjoy live music courtesy of The Penny Pluckers and Kerri Watt and sup a caffeinated beverage or two.

Drygate Brewing Co., Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

£8 / 0141 212 8810

Ticket price includes one hot drink.

Glasgow Loves Hogmanay

A programme of family activities for the daytime and early evening of Hogmanay, including traditional music, children’s activities and Scottish food and drink.

George Square, Glasgow

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

On the Rocks Student Arts Festival

The sixth year for this student-run arts festival promises more shows, concerts and exhibitions for all the family.

Various venues: St Andrews

Fri 3 Apr 2015

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Sat 4 Apr 2015

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Sun 5 Apr 2015

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…and 7 more dates until 12 Apr 2015

Summerhall Beer FestivALE

All things beery, yeasty and delicious are packed into Summerhall for one ale-filled weekend. The Dissection room is transformed into a beer hall with brewery's including Barney's, Williams Brothers and Fyne Ales hosting a stand alongside Pickering’s Gin. The weekend kicks off with Friday afternoon’s Power Hour where…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£6 / 0131 560 1581

Ticket price includes two drinks tokens and a festival beer glass.

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Ticket price includes two drinks tokens and a festival beer glass.

Sat 6 Dec

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Ticket price includes two drinks tokens and a festival beer glass.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The largest arts festival in the world and the greatest show on earth. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sat 8 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sun 9 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

…and 22 more dates until 31 Aug 2015 back to top

GIOfest VII: Community Open Workshop

The GIOfest open workshop invites everyone to take part; bring an instrument or just your own voice. Percussion instruments are provided. Places are limited, so book early. Booking is essential.

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

Free but ticketed / 0141 352 4900

Part of GIOfest VII.

Portpatrick Folk Festival

A weekend festival in a picturesque seaside village, with concerts at the village hall and sessions at harbourside pubs on the Friday and Saturday.

Various Venues, Portpatrick

Fri 4 Sep 2015

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Sat 5 Sep 2015

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Sun 6 Sep 2015

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Borders Book Festival

Taking place in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, the Borders Book Festival attracts world-class literary figures.

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Fri 12 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sat 13 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sun 14 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug 2015

Cottier Chamber Project

The Cottier Chamber Project is a lively, genre-hopping festival. Hosted by the enterprising chamber group Daniel's Beard, it brings top-flight professional chamber musicians to the West End and promotes chamber music, jazz, nu-folk and world music to Glasgow audiences.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun 2015

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Sat 6 Jun 2015

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Sun 7 Jun 2015

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…and 19 more dates until 26 Jun 2015 back to top

MHOR Festival

A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, food prepared by star Scottish chefs and many more activities for kids and adults alike. Previous festivals have featured a barbeque and a hog roast.

Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead

Sat 23 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Sun 24 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

Traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music based in Campbeltown, Kintyre (The Cradle of the Nation) on the west coast of Scotland. The festival offers a mix of concerts, ceilidhs, music sessions, workshops, children’s entertainment, parades, cultural and heritage tours that make the most of the location.

Mull of Kintyre

Wed 19 Aug 2015

Times vary / £7–£30 / 01586 552056

Thu 20 Aug 2015

Times vary / £7–£30 / 01586 552056

Fri 21 Aug 2015

Times vary / £7–£30 / 01586 552056

…and 2 more dates until 23 Aug 2015

Nip Festival

Formerly known as the Inverness Whisky Festival, this event now celebrates gin as well as whisky. Expect plenty of distilleries, talks, masterclasses, food, live music and demonstrations throughout the city.

Various Venues, Inverness

Tue 7 Apr 2015

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Wed 8 Apr 2015

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Thu 9 Apr 2015

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…and 2 more dates until 11 Apr 2015

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

Various venues, Scotland

Thu 27 Nov

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Fri 28 Nov

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Sat 29 Nov

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Sun 30 Nov

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Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots, indie, world and traditional music festival celebrating the links between Celtic music and cultures across the globe. An international cast of over 2000 musicians descend upon Glasgow, to create over 300 events. These include ceilidhs, workshops, talks, dancing, art exhibitions, free events…

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 15 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sat 17 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

…and 15 more dates until 1 Feb 2015 back to top

Christmas Festival

A day stuffed full of all things Christmas – with roast chestnuts, mulled wine, pony and trap rides and Kingussie's Christmas lights switch on.

Kingussie High Street

Sun 7 Dec

Free

Drambusters Whisky Festival

A festival celebrating the water of life. Meet the makers and celebrities of the whisky world and have a wee dram of a range of malts and other spirits.

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries

Sat 29 Nov

£23 / 01387 702020

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

To say the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival ticks a few boxes would be an understatement. Established in 1979 with the aim to bring world-class artists to a mainly rural area, it has grown in confidence and sale year on year. The nine-day family-friendly multi-arts Borders-based festival boasts everything from theatre…

Various venues: Dumfries & Galloway

Fri 22 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 253383

Sat 23 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 253383

Sun 24 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 253383

…and 7 more dates until 31 May 2015

Dundee Mountain Film Festival

The UK's longest continuous running mountain film festival (now in its 31st year) showcases an international programme of films by local film makers, presentations and book signings by world renowned mountaineers, adventurers and expedition leaders, and art and photography exhibitions.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Thu 27 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

Fri 28 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

Sat 29 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children’s events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

Various Venues, North Berwick

Mon 10 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Tue 11 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Wed 12 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

…and 4 more dates until 16 Aug 2015 back to top