Scottish Festivals

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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.

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

Thu 2 Oct

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

  • 16:00 – 23:00 Oktoberfest West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Oct

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

  • 16:00 – 23:00 Oktoberfest West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Oct

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

  • 12:00 – 17:00 Oktoberfest West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
  • 18:00 – 23:00 Oktoberfest West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
…and 6 more dates until 12 Oct

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

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland in Edinburgh, with the east 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

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Sat 22 Nov

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Sun 23 Nov

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…and 42 more dates until 4 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

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

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Creative Mackintosh Festival

Festival celebrating the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh by allowing everyone to unleash their own creativity through workshops and activities. There are also exhibitions, walking tours and more to make sure you are thoroughly versed in the 'Glasgow Style'.

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 2 Oct

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Fri 3 Oct

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Sat 4 Oct

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…and 27 more dates until 31 Oct

Glasgow Americana

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

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

Sun 5 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

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

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 27 more dates until 31 Oct

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

Sat 18 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

Sun 19 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 3000

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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Islay Sessions

A small and cosy traditional music festival set to brighten up the otherwise dreary month of November. It brings cheer in the form of outstanding musicians from the Scottish traditional and folk scenes. The weekend is filled with pub sessions, workshops for all ages, concert performances and, if you desire, the whisky for…

Various Venues, Isle Of Islay

Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 8 Nov

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Sun 9 Nov

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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

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.

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

BearScotFest

Those cuddly fellas at the Bear Scots once again welcome 'bears, cubs, chasers, otters and admirers' for a weekend of furry fun including multiple parties and club nights, brunches and the crowning of Mr BearScot.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sat 4 Oct

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Sun 5 Oct

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Braemar Creative Arts Festival

Arts festival featuring a plethora of workshops covering music, dance visual art and creative writing. Try your hand at poetry, ukulele, step dancing or even willow weaving.There's also live entertainment, competitions, demonstrations, a market held in St Margaret's and a ceilidh.

Braemar

Wed 22 Oct

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Thu 23 Oct

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Fri 24 Oct

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…and 2 more dates until 26 Oct

Ha-Ha Hamilton

Hamilton's comedy festival presents a lovely line-up of laugh merchants, including Billy Kirkwood, Mark Dolan, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Roy Walker and many more.

Various Venues, Hamilton

Fri 17 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 18 Oct

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Sun 19 Oct

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…and 7 more dates until 26 Oct

Imaginarium Festival

Half-term holiday fun with a festival that ensure kids won't get bored during the October break. There's something for all young arts lovers, including dance, theatre, storytelling and comedy.

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Mon 13 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01727 725777

Tue 14 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01727 725777

Wed 15 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01727 725777

…and 3 more dates until 18 Oct

Irvine Valley Walking Festival

The 12th annual walking festival takes in some of the finer spots around the area.

Various Venues, Irvine

Fri 15 May 2015

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Sat 16 May 2015

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Sun 17 May 2015

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Paranormal Scotland

Hallowe'en festival based in Stirling that has its 'serious face' on during the day, with talks, lectures, discussion and investigations into all things paranormal, then becomes more light-hearted – but, simultaneously, spooky – in the evening, with films, ghost hunts and psychic medium shows.

Various venues: Stirling

Fri 31 Oct

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Sat 1 Nov

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Sun 2 Nov

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Portobello Book Festival

A chirpy wee seaside lit fest, run by volunteers and based at Portobello Library. Confirmed authors for this year include Jenni Fagan, Isla Dewar and Meaghan Delahunt.

Portobello Library, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

Sun 5 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

The Saltire

A five-day festival of music, culture and heritage. East Lothian is the birthplace of the Scottish Flag and The Saltire Festival celebrates this fact alongside St Andrew's Day.

Various venues: East Lothian

Wed 26 Nov

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Thu 27 Nov

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Fri 28 Nov

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…and 2 more dates until 30 Nov

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

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 553 6335

48 Hour Film Project

Scotland's most popular filmmaking event, having inspired the creation of over 200 new Scottish shorts in the past five years. Participants are given a character, prop and line of dialogue, and have 48 hours to make a film, start to finish. All films are professionally screened, and the winning filmmaker wins a trip to…

The Flying Duck, Glasgow

Fri 10 Oct

Prices vary / 0141 564 1450

Sun 12 Oct

Prices vary / 0141 564 1450

Glasgow Film Theatre

Wed 15 Oct

£10 for both screenings (Wed & Thu) / 0141 332 6535

Screenings of all the films participating in the Glasgow project.

Thu 16 Oct

£10 for both screenings (Wed & Thu) / 0141 332 6535

Aberfeldy Film Festival

Aberfeldy's fifth film festival promises great films in a variety of unusual places including Castle Menzies, Birks Cinema and Dewar's World of Whisky. There's something for all the family, with screenings ranging from Hitchcock to Disney, as well as a number of other events over the weekend.

Various Venues, Aberfeldy

Fri 14 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 15 Nov

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Sun 16 Nov

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