Scottish Festivals

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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

Tue 27 Jan

£6–£10 / 0333 666 3366

Wed 28 Jan

£6–£10 / 0333 666 3366

Thu 29 Jan

£6–£10 / 0333 666 3366

…and 16 more dates until 15 Feb

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. The line-up includes Nina Nesbitt, Craig Hill, Red Bastard, Skerryvore and Hector Bizerk.

Various venues, Dumfries

Mon 26 Jan

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Tue 27 Jan

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Wed 28 Jan

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

…and 3 more dates until 31 Jan

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

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug

Cat Video Festival

GoMA and Glasgow Film Festival present the UK premiere of the Internet Cat Video Festival. No longer a guilty habit, the watching of feline clips has gone mainstream. The videos in the programme range from clips dating back to 1901, to animations and shorts featuring some more familiar feline faces.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Sat 21 Feb

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of Glasgow Film Festival.

Glasgow Film Festival

Scotland's fastest growing film festival has taken less than ten years to turn itself into a force to be reckoned with in the film festival world.

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 18 Feb

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Thu 19 Feb

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Fri 20 Feb

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

…and 9 more dates until 1 Mar back to top

The Great Scottish Beer Celebration

A beer festival celebrating Scottish brewing, with 18 small breweries pouring a wide range of beer styles, plus music from the folk behind Shout Bamala and a selection of street food vendors.

Barras Art & Design Centre, Glasgow

Fri 13 Mar

£7.50 / 0141 946 3020

Sat 14 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 946 3020

Speyfest

Well-established as one of the best Celtic and Scottish music festivals in the country with a varied programme of seated concerts, ceilidhs and stomps across three days and nights. The festival line-up features some of the biggest names from the worlds of Scottish traditional and contemporary music.

Fochabers

Fri 31 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sat 1 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Aug

Times & prices vary

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

Times & prices vary

Sat 2 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 3 May

Times & prices vary

Burns Night

Dine on Scottish cuisine and enjoy some live music and comedy for Burns night.

Arisaig, Glasgow

Mon 26 Jan

£55 / 0141 553 1010

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

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

Sat 30 May

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

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Magners' Summer Nights

The second annual Magners-sponsored festival features two weekends of music in Glasgow's open-air venue. The 2014 lineup featured Steve Earle, Teenage Fanclub, The Waterboys, Alison Moyet and Squeeze.

Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Glasgow

Thu 6 Aug

Times & prices vary

Fri 7 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary

…and 3 more dates until 15 Aug

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

Mon 26 Jan

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Tue 27 Jan

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Wed 28 Jan

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

…and 4 more dates until 1 Feb

Fife Festival Of Music

Performers at this community festival range from primary school children to adults, in both vocal and instrumental classes, competitive and non-competitive. Performances are open to anyone to come along and watch.

Various venues: Fife

Mon 26 Jan

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Tue 27 Jan

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Wed 28 Jan

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

…and 9 more dates until 6 Feb

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Glasgow's comedy festival is birling into its 11th year, getting ever more impressive with each outing. In 2014, the funny types gracing the city's various stages included Richard Herring, Russell Kane and Chris Ramsey, with a shedload of great Scots and international favourites waiting in the wings.

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 12 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

Fri 13 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

Sat 14 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

…and 10 more dates until 24 Mar

Glasgow International Jazz Festival

The Glasgow Jazz Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B and world music, from Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones and Pat Metheny to Tony Bennett, Buddy Guy, Pee Wee Ellis and Tito Puente. With major concerts, a late night jazz club, film screenings and talks, it's one of the…

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 24 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Please note: The dates for 2015 are provisional and subject to change.

Thu 25 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Please note: The dates for 2015 are provisional and subject to change.

Fri 26 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Please note: The dates for 2015 are provisional and subject to change.

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Springfest Scotland

A springtime event to celebrate the Year of Food & Drink. As well as producers showing off their delicious wares (think local meat, fish, cheese, veg and much more), there's also cookery classes, demonstrations, live music and much more.

Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 01389 751031

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 01389 751031

Brew at the Bog

A day of great music and great beer with BrewDog, the coolest craft beer label on the block, and Bogbain Farm, which was voted Scotland's Best Unusual Venue at the Scottish Event Awards.

Bogbain Adventure & Heritage Farm, Inverness

Sat 2 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01463 772800

Sun 3 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01463 772800

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

Times & prices vary

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

The University of Aberdeen May Festival

Aberdeen University's May Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the Granite City. The programme features a diverse range of cultural activities, including music, film, literature and food-related events for the whole family.

Various venues: Aberdeen

Fri 29 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01224 273233

Sat 30 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01224 273233

Sun 31 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01224 273233

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

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sun 9 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

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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

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Sat 12 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Sun 13 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland

A little bit of Ireland descends upon Edinburgh in the run-up to St Patrick's Day. Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland is a multi-arts, family-friendly celebration of the Emerald Isle, with storytelling, music, dance, talks, comedy and food & drink events.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 11 Mar

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

Thu 12 Mar

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

Fri 13 Mar

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

…and 2 more dates until 15 Mar

Fife Food Festival

Fife's natural larder is on show at this annual festival in heart of St Andrews which invites all foodies to enjoy the best local produce. There's also a luxury raffle, the chance to meet Scottish food entrepreneurs and activities for all.

Younger Hall, St Andrews

Sun 8 Feb

£3 / 01334 462226

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

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Tue 11 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Wed 12 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

…and 4 more dates until 16 Aug

The Glasgow Real Ale Festival

Real ale festival, organised by CAMRA, and featuring more than 100 British beers, plus real cider and beer from Bavaria.

The Briggait, Glasgow

Thu 25 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 553 5890

Fri 26 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 553 5890

Sat 27 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 553 5890

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