Best summer events in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Sun or no sun, there's plenty of great summer fun to be had across Glasgow and Edinburgh

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This article is from 2015.

Best summer events in Glasgow and Edinburgh

With the teeming mosh-pit that is festival season still at the far end of summer, there are plenty of reasons to get out and about in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the next several weeks. Here's our run-down of the best summer events in the big cities.

Magners Summer Nights
Contrary to popular belief, Scotland’s summer lasts longer than one weekend, and this live music event runs across three. In Glasgow, acts such as King Creosote, Glasvegas, Joan Armatrading and Echo & The Bunnymen take to Kelvingrove Bandstand, while James, the Flaming Lips and the Waterboys are playing at Edinburgh's Ross Bandstand. There’s also cider and street food, as if you needed further persuasion.
Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, Thu 6–Sat 8 Aug & Thu 13–Sat 15 Aug; Ross Theatre Bandstand, Edinburgh, Wed 26–Fri 28 Aug, magnerssummernights.com

Glasgow Summer Sessions
Paolo Nutini, Grace Jones, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding? No, it’s not Now That’s What I Call A Music Festival, it’s the Glasgow Summer Sessions line-up. Taking place at Bellahouston Park, other confirmed acts include John Newman, Disciples and Burns.
Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Sat 29–Sun 30 Aug, glasgowsummersessions.com

LeithLate
This arts festival should keep you busy all summer long, with events taking place across sunshiney Leith from June to September. Highlights include Kirsty Whiten’s exhibition Wronger Rites; a joint event with record store Elvis Shakespeare featuring in-store live performances, and an artist exchange between Edinburgh and Copenhagen at The Biscuit Factory.
Various Venues, Leith, Fri 12 Jun–Sun 27 Sep,

Community Festivals
In Glasgow, the West End Festival is back for its 20th year. Highlights include the spectacular annual Sunday parade (Sun 7 Jun) and the Glasgow Mela (Sun 14 Jun). Over in Edinburgh, the volunteer-run Meadows Festival hosts several live outdoor gigs; confirmed bands so far include Eliza Carthy, Sea Bass Kid, Urvanovic, and the Mermaids.
West End Festival, Glasgow, Fri 5–Sun 28 Jun, westendfestival.co.uk; Meadows Festival, Edinburgh, Sat 6–Sun 7 Jun, meadowsfestival.org

Edinburgh Food Festival
Celebrating the best in Scottish produce, this event features talks, live cooking demonstrations and entertainment as well as a series of stalls, food vendors and a dedicated market for producers. It’s better than your neighbour’s backyard barbecue, that’s for sure.
George Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Wed 29 Jul–Sun 2 Aug, edfoodfest.com

Outdoor Cinema
In June, Film in the City brings movies to the Edinburgh, with Film in the City outdoor screenings on the Grassmarket and in St Andrews Square, while Luna Cinema is showing classic films at the Botanic Gardens in September. Over in Glasgow, Moonlight Cinema will be screening a selection of outdoor movies, with more details to be confirmed. Al fresco Mamma Mia, anyone?
Film in the City, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Sat 6–Sun 7 Jun, & St Andrew Square Garden, Edinburgh, Fri 12–Sun 14 Jun. Luna Cinema Fri 4–Sun 6 Sep, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Moonlight Cinema, Glasgow, date TBC

This article is from 2015.

Edinburgh Food Festival

Celebrate all the lovely food and drink that Scotland has to offer. Back for its third year, the Edinburgh Food Festival showcases some of the best Scottish produce while offering demonstrations and activities in the Palace du Variete Spiegletent.

George Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Jul 2017

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Thu 27 Jul 2017

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Fri 28 Jul 2017

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…and 2 more dates until 30 Jul 2017

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Wed 21 Jun 2017

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Thu 22 Jun 2017

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Fri 23 Jun 2017

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…and 9 more dates until 2 Jul 2017

Meadows Festival

Edinburgh's festival season kicks off with the Meadows Festival, which offers a local band line-up, dance groups, performance stage, a dog show, the biggest outdoor market in Edinburgh and workshops amidst lots of family-friendly activities.

The Meadows, Edinburgh

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Free

Sun 4 Jun 2017

Free

Summer Nights

This festival features a series of open air gigs. 2016's lineup featured Van Morrison, Primal Scream, Eddi Reader and Will Young.

Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Glasgow

Thu 3 Aug 2017

Times & prices vary

Fri 4 Aug 2017

Times & prices vary

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Times & prices vary

…and 8 more dates until 13 Aug 2017

Glasgow Mela

For over 25 years this huge outdoor festival has been celebrating the traditions of Glasgow's many and varied immigrant communities with a mix of international music, dance, activities and stalls.

Calvin Harris

The Dumfries producer and DJ has become of the biggest EDM artists in the world, behind huge hits and even bigger collaborations including 'I Need Your Love', 'Blame', 'Summer' and 'We Found Love' with Rihanna.

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

LeithLate

LeithLate is a multi-arts festival that takes place across multiple venues in Leith, showcasing the very best in emerging artists, musicians, poets and filmmakers.

Paolo Nutini

The Ivor Novello Award-winning Paisley pop singer-songwriter. Paolo Nutini's first album These Streets, which included hits 'Jenny Don't Be Hasty' and 'New Shoes', was released in 2006 and peaked at number three in the UK chart. In his early days Nutini supported The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse and KT Tunstall and…

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