Scottish Festivals

365 events

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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 25 Dec

Times & prices vary

Fri 26 Dec

Times & prices vary

Sat 27 Dec

Times & prices vary

…and 8 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

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

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

Thu 31 Dec 2015

Times & prices to be confirmed

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

Bon Scott Fest

Fans from all over the world descend on the sleepy Angus town of Kirriemuir for a celebration of its most rock'n'roll son, AC/DC front man Bon Scott.

Kirriemuir Town Hall

Fri 1 May 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 2 May 2015

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Sun 3 May 2015

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Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival

The Electric Frog crew and Pressure once again join forces to present their outdoor music festival. This year's line-up features Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Siriusmodeselektor (live), Popof, Slam and Optimo.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 29 May 2015

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2660

Sat 30 May 2015

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2660

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

Times & prices vary

Sat 5 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 6 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Spirit of Moray Book Festival

A celebration of writing, illustration and publishing in Scotland at this local festival that attracts renowned Scottish authors (and kicks off with a whisky event).

Elgin Library

Mon 14 Sep 2015

Times vary / £25 for festival pass / 01343 562623

Tue 15 Sep 2015

Times vary / £25 for festival pass / 01343 562623

Wed 16 Sep 2015

Times vary / £25 for festival pass / 01343 562623

…and 3 more dates until 19 Sep 2015

Whisky Fringe

Held in the magnificent Mansfield Traquair, this is the much-anticipated annual event from Royal Mile Whiskies. In previous years, tickets for this celebration of the water of life, which features around 26 exhibitor stands and over 200 whiskies to sample each day, have sold out in under 20 minutes. But if you're lucky…

Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sat 8 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sun 9 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

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

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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, Young Fathers andThe Twilight Sad that culminates with Midnight Fireworks…

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

The Electric Gardens

A walking tour through the Botanic Gardens for adults, children and groups, with dramatic lighting, sound effects and music.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Thu 25 Dec

£10 (Children £8; Family £30) / 0333 666 3366

Fri 26 Dec

£10 (Children £8; Family £30) / 0333 666 3366

Sat 27 Dec

£10 (Children £8; Family £30) / 0333 666 3366

…and 19 more dates until 15 Jan 2015

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

A weekend community folk festival run by Girvan Folk Club featuring a range of open sessions, concerts, workshops and children's events.

Various venues, Girvan

Fri 1 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sat 2 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sun 3 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Home of Whisky Festival

Raise a glass to learn about, toast and enjoy Scotland's water of life, the nectar of a nation – whisky.

Venue TBC: Perth

Sat 2 May 2015

£15.95 (Six person group ticket £90) / 01738 493535

Moniaive Folk Festival

One of the country's most civilised festivals, the Moniaive Folk Festival boasts a heated marquee and a campsite with hot showers alongside its myriad musical sessions, children's programme, workshops and piping competition.

Moniaive

Fri 8 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 820241

Sat 9 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 820241

Sun 10 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 820241

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Winter Words Festival

The eleventh Winter Words Festival focuses on journalism and the outdoors, with BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner talking about the Middle East, and Kirsty Wark and James Naughtie discussing their recent novels. Huw Lewis-Jones gives an illustrated talk on Shackleton's ill-fated Endurance expedition, and Alan Rowan…

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Fri 13 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 01796 484 626

£0–£23.50 / 01796 484 626

Sat 14 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 01796 484 626

Sun 15 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 01796 484 626

…and 6 more dates until 21 Feb 2015

Bloody Scotland

An innovative festival drawing on Scotland's love of the literary macabre and celebrating crime writing by bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers.

Various venues: Stirling

Fri 11 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Sat 12 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Sun 13 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Dunfermline Folk Weekend

Opening with a family ceilidh on the Friday evening, the weekend proceeds with a selection of workshops, sessions, open stage, family events and concerts, run by a folk club that's been in existence now for over 50 years.

Various venues: Dunfermline

Fri 30 Oct 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 31 Oct 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 1 Nov 2015

Times & prices vary

Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul 2015

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul 2015

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

Great Grampian Beer Festival

The Campaign for Real Ales' most northerly festival offers discerning drinkers the opportunity to sample the finest ale that the UK has to offer. Dark stouts, porters and easy drinking milds will be on offer as well as barley wines, wheat beers and light pilsner style ales.

Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Thu 4 Jun 2015

£6

Fri 5 Jun 2015

£6

Sat 6 Jun 2015

£6

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Really Wild Fest

Fun activities for the whole family, including dolphin watching (from the shore), guided walks, music and food. Children must be accompanied.

WDCS Scottish Dolphin Centre, Fochabers

Mon 4 May 2015

Free / 01343 820339

Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival

The festival returns for with even more whiskies on offer for the nationwide Whisky Month celebration, offering drams from all the whisky regions along with masterclasses.

Stirling Highland Hotel

Sat 9 May 2015

£15–£25 / 07712 765615

Stowed Out Festival

This festival features an eclectic mix of local and established musical acts, craft stalls and storytellers on the banks of the Gala Water.

Stow Quoiting Green

Fri 28 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 29 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary

T in the Park

From relatively humble beginnings, T in the Park has become the acknowledged behemoth of the Scottish festival scene and one of the UK's largest events. In 2015 the festival moves from its longstanding Balado location to the exciting new grounds of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire.

Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder

Fri 10 Jul 2015

Times vary / £184 weekend (£194 inc camping) / 08444 999990

Sat 11 Jul 2015

Times vary / £184 weekend (£194 inc camping) / 08444 999990

Sun 12 Jul 2015

Times vary / £184 weekend (£194 inc camping) / 08444 999990

Booked!

A free, local literature festival run by West Dunbartonshire Libraries that nevertheless manages to book some big name authors for its programme of talks, signings and more unusual events. The 2014 programme included Sir Hew Strachan, Colin Campbell, Alistair Moffat, Janis Sharp and James Oswald.

West Dunbartonshire

Mon 11 May 2015

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

Provisional dates.

Tue 12 May 2015

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

Provisional dates.

Wed 13 May 2015

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

Provisional dates.

…and 10 more dates until 23 May 2015 back to top