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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

Young at Heart Festival

The over 50s take control of the spotlight for this informal festival of free recitals, a craft fair, exhibitions, film screenings and author visits.

Various venues: South Lanarkshire

Thu 12 Mar

Times & prices vary

Fri 13 Mar

Times & prices vary

Sat 14 Mar

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 21 Mar

Glasgow St Patrick’s Day Festival

Live music, Irish ceili dancing, activities for kids and more at Merchant Square's St Paddy's celebrations.

Merchant Square, Glasgow

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 0141 552 3038

Part of Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival.

Culross Festival

The Culross Festival has been bringing top UK and Scottish acts to the picturesque setting of Culross for over 20 years. The open-air lawn of Abbey House and the presence of catering facilities lend themselves to a late summer picnic, and previous festivals have included Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Capercaillie.

Abbey House, Culross

Thu 11 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Fri 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Haddington Festival

A local festival with a range of activities and musical concerts, exhibitions, craft fairs and a daily café and sporting competitions.

Various venues: Haddington

Thu 28 May

Times & prices vary

Fri 29 May

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Sat 30 May

Times & prices vary

…and 8 more dates until 7 Jun back to top

Moniaive Folk Festival

One of the country's most civilised festivals, the Moniaive Folk Festival boasts a heated marquee and a campsite with hot showers alongside its myriad musical sessions, children's programme, workshops and piping competition.

Various venues: Moniaive

Fri 8 May

Times & prices vary / 01387 820241

Sat 9 May

Times & prices vary / 01387 820241

Sun 10 May

Times & prices vary / 01387 820241

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

Berwick May Fair

Traditional street market.

Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Fri 22 May

Free

Part of Berwick 900.

Sat 23 May

Free

Part of Berwick 900.

Sun 24 May

Free

Part of Berwick 900.

Mon 25 May

Free

Part of Berwick 900.

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

NAAFC Annual Accordion & Fiddle Festival

All-day accordion and fiddle competitions, prize-winners concert and a closing dance, if your feet weren't already a-tapping.

Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk

Sat 7 Mar

Prices vary

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Southern Fried Festival

Scotland’s festival of American roots music covers all the American Roots music bases, including blues, country, cajun, gospel, swing and soul. Fill up on workshops, free gigs, local bands and their legendary soul food.

Various venues: Perth

Fri 31 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Sat 1 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Sun 2 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 2

A festival of blues, rock and R&B with performances from Aynsley Lister, Larry Miller, Danny Bryant, Laurence Jones, Matt Woosey and headliner Chantel McGregor.

St Ives Guildhall

Sun 10 May

Westlands Sports And Social Club, Yeovil

Sat 9 May

£24 / 01935 848380

Cottier Chamber Project

The Cottier Chamber Project is a lively, genre-hopping festival hosted by the enterprising chamber group Daniel's Beard, bringing top-flight professional chamber musicians to the West End and promoting chamber music, jazz, nu-folk and world music to Glasgow audiences. The 2015 festival is bigger than ever, with music from…

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary

…and 19 more dates until 26 Jun

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

Aberdour Festival

The picturesque seaside town plays host to an action-packed family-friendly festival. There's something for all ages and all tastes, from a beach day with a sandcastle competition for children and fun run for adults, to a food market and picnic day, as well as sports, magic shows, children's activities and live music over…

Various venues: Aberdour

Fri 31 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sat 1 Aug

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Sun 2 Aug

Times & prices vary

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Bathgate Music Festival

A community-led music festival, including the Party in the Park, where a funfair accompanies the music. Live@lunch gigs cheer up the middle of the day, if you simply can't wait for the evening's fun.

Various venues: Bathgate

Thu 3 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07500 608651

Fri 4 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07500 608651

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07500 608651

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07500 608651

Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Held on the beautiful grounds of Merchiston Castle School, EIHF annually welcomes a healthy mix of world-class harpists and up-and-coming local talents playing a range of musical styles from folk to jazz for concerts, courses, workshops, the UK's largest harpmakers' exhibition and late night music sessions. The 2015…

Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

Sat 11 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

Sun 12 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

A weekend community folk festival run by Girvan Folk Club featuring a range of open sessions, concerts, workshops and children's events.

Various venues: Girvan

Fri 1 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 2 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 3 May

Times & prices vary

Glasgow Americana

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

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 7 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 07960 152333

Thu 8 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 07960 152333

Fri 9 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 07960 152333

…and 2 more dates until 11 Oct

Hidden Door Festival

Artists of all stripes congregate for the Hidden Door interdisciplinary arts festival, which features dozens of cool musicians, bands, artists, poets and filmmakers under one roof, often working in new and exciting combinations.

Old Street Lighting Depot, Edinburgh

Fri 22 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 24 May

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Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival

A week-long celebration of cycling with a packed programme of guided mountain bike and road rides, evening rides, school events, family fun and evening entertainment starting with the Dunkeld Enduro a 58K off road ride around the scenic village of Dunkeld.

Various venues: Perthshire

Sat 2 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829802

Sun 3 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829802

Mon 4 May

Times & prices vary / 01887 829802

…and 6 more dates until 10 May

Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

The 66th 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 31 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01738 630066

Perthshire Amber Festival

A ten-day music festival with 250 musicians performing in 25 venues across autumnal Perthshire. The festival, now in its tenth year, utilises venues as diverse as a tiny Ironage Crannog and the majestic Dunkeld Cathedral to present a series of afternoon and evening concerts, open mic, Cabaret Amber, workshops, talks and…

Royal Dunkeld Hotel

Fri 30 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01350 727322

Sat 31 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01350 727322

Sun 1 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01350 727322

…and 7 more dates until 8 Nov

UnstFest

Britain's most northerly festival on Britain's most northerly island is a family-friendly affair with fiddle workshops, go kart races, film screenings and live music worth travelling for.

Various venues: Unst

Fri 10 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sat 11 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sun 12 Jul

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 19 Jul

Aberfeldy Festival

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

Various venues: Aberfeldy

Fri 6 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

Sat 7 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

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