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

Sat 25 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07435 428290

Sun 26 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07435 428290

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

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

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Mon 27 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 4 more dates until 31 Oct

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

Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

The 65th annual festival of its kind. Kicking off with a ceilidh, the event takes in competitions and championships during the day before finishing with the Senior Scottish Championship and performances by some of Scotland's top musicians.

Salutation Hotel, Perth

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01738 492949

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01738 492949

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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

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

BrewDog CollabFest

A craft beer festival from BrewDog, unveiling 16 unique collaboration brews made with a selection of UK craft beer breweries.

BrewDog, London E1

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 020 77298476

BrewDog Aberdeen

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 01224 631223

BrewDog Birmingham

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0121 616 1339

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Peebles Food Festival

Peebles' Food Festival features cooking demonstrations, competitions and a farmers market. Younger chefs are catered for, with a series of yummy special events.

Tweed Green, Peebles

Sat 25 Oct

Free

Sun 26 Oct

Free

Simple Things 2014

Electronic and alternative music all-day music and visual festival featuring Autechre, Nightmares on Wax, Clark, Actress, LuckyMe, LUMA, Vitamins and many more.

O2 ABC, Glasgow

Sat 1 Nov

£22.50–£28.12 / 0141 332 2232

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.

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Biggar Little Festival

The name is something of a red herring as this small Lanarkshire festival is really punching above its weight with a programme of around 70 varied arts events put on by different community groups and local businesses, plus a couple of big name touring artists booked by the festival committee. Covering comedy, theatre…

Various Venues, Biggar

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01899 220980

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01899 220980

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

Times & prices vary

Sat 22 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 23 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 42 more dates until 4 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

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

Samhuinn Fire Festival

Hosted by Beltane Fire Society, the Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. It takes the form of a stunning torchlit procession down the Royal Mile, with acrobatics, fireworks, beautiful costumes and breathtaking performances, all set to the…

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Fri 31 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Free (donations welcome)

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Tweed Valley Forest Festival

A celebration of the rich woodland culture and ancient Hallowe'en rites of the Borders in a variety of locations around the beautiful Tweed Valley.

Tweed Valley Forest Park, Glentress

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07801 308991

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07801 308991

Mon 27 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07801 308991

…and 6 more dates until 2 Nov

TweedLove Bike Festival

Chosen as a Homecoming 2014 event, TweedLove is ten days of bike riding and good times in the iconic Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders. TweedLove encompasses all things cycling – from road and mountain bike races that attract pro cyclists to family rides through Peebles town centre and informal jaunts into the hills…

Various Venues, Peebles

Sun 17 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 555 0044

Mon 18 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 555 0044

Tue 19 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 555 0044

…and 12 more dates until 31 May 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

Mon 24 Nov

Times & prices vary

Tue 25 Nov

Times & prices vary

Wed 26 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 4 more dates until 30 Nov

Cowalfest

Walking festival that takes place amid the natural splendour of the Cowal peninsula with walks focussing on heritage, wildlife or just a good work-out. As well as an extensive range of guided walks for all ages and abilities, there are also drama workshops for children, horse riding, orienteering, exhibitions, art…

Cowal Peninsula

Fri 2 Oct 2015

Times & prices vary / 01369 703785

Sat 3 Oct 2015

Times & prices vary / 01369 703785

Sun 4 Oct 2015

Times & prices vary / 01369 703785

…and 7 more dates until 11 Oct 2015

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

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary

Mon 27 Oct

Times & prices vary

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Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

Five days of free readings and discussions plus bookstalls with an emphasis on small and independent presses and writings from outside the mainstream. Owen Jones will open the event with his latest book The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It as well as appearances from Rob Sewell, Murray Armstrong, Dave Sherry…

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0131 662 9112

Sun 26 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0131 662 9112

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

A festival incorporating runway shows and glam afterparties, plus more intellectual talks on fashion-linked topics.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 18 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 19 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary

…and 6 more dates until 25 Jul 2015

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

Sat 25 Oct

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

Sun 26 Oct

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

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 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Thu 19 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Fri 20 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

…and 9 more dates until 1 Mar 2015

Inverness Music Festival

Run by Inverness Festival Association, this music festival is a competitive event that allows people of all ages and abilities to show off their skills. The main discipline groups are vocal, instrumental, speech, Gaelic and Scottish with over 75 awards to be won. Competitions are open to the public.

Various Venues, Inverness

Sat 21 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 01463 716616

Sun 22 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 01463 716616

Mon 23 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 01463 716616

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