Scottish Festivals

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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

Quarriers Music Festival

Quarriers host a day of live music and family activities with craft stalls, face painting and a raffle. Line-up includes Quarriers Voices, Jordan Findlay, Declan Welsh, Cosmonaught Arkestra, Desolation Yes and The Partick Monkeys.

The Maryhill Hub, Glasgow

Sat 1 Nov

£5 / 07805 672176

The Scottish Paranormal Festival

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

Sat 1 Nov

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Sun 2 Nov

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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, 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

Falkirk Tryst Festival

Annual festival featuring the best of the visual and performing arts in Falkirk and district. Events kick off with a Grand Parade through the town.

Falkirk Town Hall

Sat 9 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01324 506850

Sun 10 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01324 506850

Mon 11 May 2015

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

It is easy to overlook storytelling amid the clamour of higher-profile artforms. This festival seeks to redress the balance by treating storytelling as a contemporary artform that is a rich part of Scotland's cultural heritage and this year looks at the past and how it has been handed down to us in story. Performance…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sun 2 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Tarbert Book Festival

A one-day celebration of the literary, with book signings and talks from local authors.

Various Venues, Tarbert

Sat 22 Nov

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Wee Dub Festival

Scotland's only festival dedicated to dub and reggae music in all its forms. Taking place across various venues in Edinburgh's Old Town on one weekend, it offers a diverse and enjoyable weekend of gigs, clubs, workshops, food and more. 2014 featured Iration Steppas, Channel One Soundsystem, African Head Charge…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Mar 2015

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Sat 7 Mar 2015

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Sun 8 Mar 2015

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Mon 9 Mar 2015

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Arran Folk Festival

The island known for being Scotland in miniature presents a weekend of folk, with sessions, concerts and ceilidhs centred in Brodick.

Various Venues, Arran

Fri 5 Jun 2015

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Sat 6 Jun 2015

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Sun 7 Jun 2015

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Bandstand Beer and Music Festival

The largest indie beer and music festival in the Highlands, boasting more than 100 real ales from all over the world, including some brewed right here at home. Expect live music, specialty food, charity stalls and a barbecue.

Bandstand Bar and Restaurant, Nairn

Thu 2 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

Fri 3 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

Sat 4 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

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Cockenzie House Book Festival

The first of its kind in Cockenzie and Port Seton, this book festival features international and East Lothian authors from a variety of genres and styles.

Cockenzie House & Gardens

Sat 1 Nov

£10–£35 / 01875 819456

Sun 2 Nov

£10–£35 / 01875 819456

Dead by Dawn

Celebrating 22 years of cinematic scares, the Filmhouse's horror fest ups the gore ante with a selection of blood-curdling genre premieres, classic features, short films and special guests. For a concentrated dose of evil, the Spawn of Dawn mini-fest runs throughout the Saturday night.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Fri 24 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Sat 25 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Sun 26 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Edinburgh Mela

World music, dance, fashion, food and fun spread over four areas: the Main Music Stage, the Mela World Dance Feste (newly established in 2012), the Mela Mix stage and the Mela Kidzone. The Mela Global Food Village is on hand to replenish your energy after taking in all the sights and sounds.

Leith Links, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

Sun 30 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

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

Fusion Fest

A celebration of music and dance styles from across the Commonwealth with free demonstrations, workshops and performances during the day and a Scottish/Asian ceilidh in the evening.

Marryat Hall, Dundee

Sun 9 Nov

Free / 01382 434111

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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 2015

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

Fri 13 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

Sat 14 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

…and 10 more dates until 24 Mar 2015

Linlithgow Book Festival

Small, volunteer-run literary festival that manages to pull in an impressive roster of guests. Last year's guests included Richard Holloway, Christopher Brookmyre and William McIlvanney. There's a slight lean towards history and crime fiction, but this sits comfortably alongside poetry, open mic, discussion and family…

Various venues, Linlithgow

Sat 1 Nov

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Sun 2 Nov

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Rewind Scotland: The 80s Festival

Rewind goes large on nostalgia with the biggest line-up of 80s artists to perform together in Scotland. 2014's line-up includes Billy Ocean, 10cc, Heaven 17, The Sugarhill Gang, Midge Ure, Go West, Nick Heyward, Bjorn Again, Cheryl, Mike & Jay (from Bucks Fizz), Doctor & the Medics, and Steve Augeri playing the…

Scone Palace, Perth

Fri 24 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01738 552300

Sat 25 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01738 552300

Sun 26 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01738 552300

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

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

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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 1 Nov

Times & prices vary / 07801 308991

Sun 2 Nov

Times & prices vary / 07801 308991

Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Classical and chamber music, contemporary and traditional dance, jazz and theatre are on offer from a cast of rising international and local stars, with companies travelling from the USA, Russia, Middle East, Africa and Asia to perform.

Various venues: Aberdeen

Fri 24 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01224 213800

Sat 25 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01224 213800

Sun 26 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01224 213800

…and 6 more dates until 1 Aug 2015

Aberdeen Jazz Festival

A host of musicians and performers descend on the Granite City for a few days of jazz and blues, with everything from jamming and workshops, to chilled out gigs on the green and late night sessions. Featured in 2014 were Swedish drummer Magnus Ostrom and the late, great Jack Bruce. Roll on 2015 – a jazzy drum roll that is.

Various venues: Aberdeen

Wed 18 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 08451 110302

Thu 19 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 08451 110302

Fri 20 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 08451 110302

…and 3 more dates until 23 Mar 2015

Aberfeldy Festival

Community festival with film screenings, street entertainment, storytelling, workshops and fireworks alongside a bumper line-up of bands.

Various Venues, Aberfeldy

Sat 1 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

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

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Sat 15 Nov

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Sun 16 Nov

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