Scottish Festivals

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Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival celebrates its tenth year with a month of events showcasing Spanish and Latin American culture, curated by people who are authentically Spanish and Latin American. Watch out for the Flamenco performances, for which this festival is renowned.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Wed 24 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Thu 25 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 36 more dates until 31 Oct

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.

Glasgow Green

Thu 16 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07435 428290

Fri 17 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07435 428290

Sat 18 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07435 428290

…and 5 more dates until 26 Oct

West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

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

  • 16:00 – 23:00

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
…and 7 more dates until 12 Oct

Stockfest

Stockbridge gets their party hats on for this week-long festival, including ceilidhs, food & drink markets, poetry readings, workshops, cookery demos and one big closing party.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Sep

Times & prices vary

Wed 24 Sep

Times & prices vary

Thu 25 Sep

Times & prices vary

…and 2 more dates until 27 Sep

sound

An innovative festival of new music in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. From contemporary classical music to electro-acoustic music, traditional, vocal and jazz, the festival brings together a wide range of different musical styles in a variety of concerts, workshops, installations and talks. The 2014 festival has a theme of…

Various venues: Aberdeenshire

Thu 23 Oct

Times & prices vary

Fri 24 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 25 Oct

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…and 16 more dates until 10 Nov

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland in Edinburgh, with the west side of Princes Street transformed by a fairground, ice rink, 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).

City Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 22 Nov

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Sun 23 Nov

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Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

An arts and film festival which combines high-level programming with a worthy aim: to challenge and change attitudes towards mental health. Through a series of events, workshops and screenings around Scotland, the programme probes deeper questions while maintaining an exciting and varied line-up.

Various venues, Scotland

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary

…and 16 more dates until 19 Oct

West End Beer Festival

The craft and cask ales flow at this sort-of pub crawl, with eight establishments in the West End joining forces to celebrate good brews and the fact that the tramworks have finally been lifted from the area. Now who wouldn't drink to that? Beginning and ending at Ryan's Bar.

Ryan's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 30 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 6669

Fri 31 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 6669

Sat 1 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 6669

Sun 2 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 6669

Abbot Brew House First Birthday Party and Beer Fest

To celebrate Abbot Brew House turning one, there's going to be a right old knees up. And by old, we mean Medieval. Guests can sample cask beers, try Medieval cafe favourites and even try arms and armour. There's also a home-brew competition complete with prizes. Huzzah!

Abbot House, Dunfermline

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 01383 733266

  • 13:00 – 17:00

Glasgow Americana

Blues, country and folk fest following in the footsteps of the fondly remembered Big Big Country festival.

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

…and 2 more dates until 5 Oct

Take One Action Film Festival

A film festival with a political slant, founded on the belief that 'cinematic experiences can inspire lasting change' and offering a series of talks and programmes showing how films can be used to empower communities on an international stage.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Wed 24 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Thu 25 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

…and 9 more dates until 4 Oct

Various venues: Glasgow

Tue 23 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Wed 24 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Thu 25 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

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An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

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

The Enchanted Forest

A stunning sound and light show that transforms Faskally Wood using dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score.

Faskally Wood, Pitlochry

Fri 10 Oct

Times vary / £15–£17.50 (Children £8; under 3s free; Family £41–£46) / 08712 887655

Sat 11 Oct

Times vary / £15–£17.50 (Children £8; under 3s free; Family £41–£46) / 08712 887655

Sun 12 Oct

Times vary / £15–£17.50 (Children £8; under 3s free; Family £41–£46) / 08712 887655

…and 21 more dates until 2 Nov

The Scottish Learning Festival

SLF is the biggeset education conference and exhibition in Scotland and has something to offer everyone involved in education and includes a thought-provoking conference programme as well as an exhibition. This year, parents are welcome to attend in addition to professionals.

SECC, Glasgow

Wed 24 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 08700 100297

Thu 25 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 08700 100297

Edinburgh Chocolate Festival

Over 40 exhibitors, and including demonstrations, tasters, great gift ideas, chocolate cocktail bar and much more. Chocoholic stuff.

The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 5565

Sun 7 Dec

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 5565

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Isle of Jura Music Festival

Island festival of Scottish traditional music which encourages local talent with concerts, workshops and sessions, and completes the bill with established acts to give them something to aspire to. Line-up includes Blazin Fiddles, Rura, Fergie Macdonald Ceilidh Band and Skerryvore.

Craighouse, Isle of Jura

Fri 26 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01496 820362

Sat 27 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01496 820362

Sun 28 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01496 820362

Orkney Jazz Festival

A weekend of traditional jazz with players from around the UK and a sprinkling of local talent to ensure a true Orcadian flavour.

The Stromness Hotel, Orkney

Fri 17 Apr 2015

Times vary / £130–£195 including three nights B&B / 01856 850298

Sat 18 Apr 2015

Times vary / £130–£195 including three nights B&B / 01856 850298

Sun 19 Apr 2015

Times vary / £130–£195 including three nights B&B / 01856 850298

Scots Fiddle Festival

Held over three days, this exciting, fiddle-fuelled weekend includes concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, stalls, sessions, festival clubs, and ceilidhs.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 22 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 23 Nov

Times & prices vary

Arches LIVE

A selection of the boldest new work being created across the country encompassing a selection of formats including experimental performance, narrative theatre, one-on-one experiences, live art, visual art and more.

The Arches, Glasgow

Thu 2 Oct

Times vary / £26–£32 for a festival pass; £12–£16 for a day pass; individual shows £6–£8 or FREE / 0141 565 1000

To avoid disappointment, festival and day pass bookers must also book into the individual events they wish to see at time of purchase. One-on-one performances are not included in the festival or day pass.

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / £26–£32 for a festival pass; £12–£16 for a day pass; individual shows £6–£8 or FREE / 0141 565 1000

To avoid disappointment, festival and day pass bookers must also book into the individual events they wish to see at time of purchase. One-on-one performances are not included in the festival or day pass.

Sat 4 Oct

Times vary / £26–£32 for a festival pass; £12–£16 for a day pass; individual shows £6–£8 or FREE / 0141 565 1000

To avoid disappointment, festival and day pass bookers must also book into the individual events they wish to see at time of purchase. One-on-one performances are not included in the festival or day pass.

…and 7 more dates until 11 Oct

Balerno Music Festival

This community-run music festival returns for a second year with folk and classical concerts and workshops and a distinctly family-orientated feel. Featuring performances from the Roger Cull Jazz Group, Heriot-Watt University's Excelsior Wind Ensemble, and students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The…

Various Venues, Edinburgh

Wed 24 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

Thu 25 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

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BBC Good Food Show Scotland

The food and drink extravaganza heads north of the border again for another serving of celebrity chefs and star culinary attractions. Special guests include Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, James Martin, Tom Kitchen and many more.

SECC, Glasgow

Fri 17 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

  • 10:00

Sat 18 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

  • 10:00

Sun 19 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

  • 10:00

Biomedical Ethics Film Festival

Organised by a group of scientists that all have a PhD appended to their names (that's 'doctor', to you), the 2014 edition of the fest is expected to feature a programme of films that take on the rather weighty topic of 'the moral status of the human embryo'.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Please note: dates to be confirmed.

Sun 23 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Please note: dates to be confirmed.

Mon 24 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Please note: dates to be confirmed.

Carrying Stream Festival

Annual celebration of the life and work of Hamish Henderson, the founding father of the Scottish folk revival. His legacy is celebrated with a range of events including storytelling, gigs, traditional music and poetry.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

Times & prices vary

Thu 6 Nov

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Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 5 more dates until 12 Nov

Dundee Literary Festival

A mix of events including internationally renowned authors, local names, children's authors and the Comic Conference which features graphic novellists.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Wed 22 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01382 434940

Thu 23 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01382 434940

Fri 24 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01382 434940

…and 2 more dates until 26 Oct

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 24 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary

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