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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

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

Times & prices vary

Sat 30 May

Times & prices vary

…and 8 more dates until 7 Jun

Strathyre Music Festival

This community music festival has taken only two years to become one of the largest of its kind in Scotland. The organisers are local band Balvaig, who with a team of volunteers, some Lottery funding and clever use of social media have seen the festival almost double in size since the first one in 2013. The programme…

Various venues: Strathyre

Fri 29 May

Times vary / £15 (Children £9; Weekend £20 for adults; £12 for children)

Sat 30 May

Times vary / £15 (Children £9; Weekend £20 for adults; £12 for children)

Sun 31 May

Times vary / £15 (Children £9; Weekend £20 for adults; £12 for children)

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

Darvel Music Festival

A community-led festival, Darvel has been gathering fans over the past 14 years under the stewardship of Neil and Sheila McKenna.

Darvel Town Hall

Fri 1 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

£35 / 01560 322437

Sat 2 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

£22.50–£35 / 01560 322437

Sun 3 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

£22.50 / 01560 322437

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Tfest

Three day tribute music festival featuring over 130 acts across seven stages. There are a further 90+ unsigned acts playing acoustic and folk marquees, DJs in the dance dance marquee comedy performances and capacity for 2,000 dancers.

Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Fri 31 Jul

£85–£125 (Children £0–£85) / 01698 402060

  • 12:00 Tfest Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Sat 1 Aug

£85–£125 (Children £0–£85) / 01698 402060

  • 12:00 Tfest Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Sun 2 Aug

£85–£125 (Children £0–£85) / 01698 402060

  • 12:00 Tfest Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

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

Times & prices vary

…and 6 more dates until 30 May

Millport Country & Western Festival

A rootin' tootin' weekend of country and western gigs across several venues on the Isle of Cumbrae. Bands appearing this year include Ellis County, Paul Taylor, Stillwater, Western Express, Pete Shaw, Carson City, Donna Wylde, Smokin' Gunns, and McKenzie. Diana Dawson will host two line-dance workshops and the Silver…

Millport Town Hall

Fri 4 Sep

£10 Weekend wristband for venue entry; £5 for a single day / 01475 530741

Sat 5 Sep

£10 Weekend wristband for venue entry; £5 for a single day / 01475 530741

Sun 6 Sep

£10 Weekend wristband for venue entry; £5 for a single day / 01475 530741

Syn/Συν Edinburgh Greek Artists Festival

Multi-arts festival organised by the Hellenic Society at University of Edinburgh featuring arts, photography, short films, physical theatre, dance and live music.

Teviot, Edinburgh

Fri 1 May

Times vary / Free / 0131 650 4673

Sat 2 May

Times vary / Free / 0131 650 4673

Sun 3 May

Times vary / Free / 0131 650 4673

…and 6 more dates until 9 May

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 back to top

Dundee Flower & Food Festival

In the 1990s, having built up an international reputation as a flower festival with over 1000 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors, the Dundee Flower and Food Festival organisers decided to branch out to include local food and drink. And despite starting with just a handful of stalls in that first year, the three-day event now…

Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

Fri 4 Sep

£10–£12 day ticket; £18–£24 three day ticket (£9–£11; Children free) / 01382 433815

Sat 5 Sep

£10–£12 day ticket; £18–£24 three day ticket (£9–£11; Children free) / 01382 433815

Sun 6 Sep

£10–£12 day ticket; £18–£24 three day ticket (£9–£11; Children free) / 01382 433815

Glasgow Americana

Blues, country and folk fest following in the footsteps of the fondly remembered Big Big Country festival. Tom Russell is the first act to be announced for the 2015 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

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

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

Best of the West Festival

Set in the stunning venue of the grounds of Inveraray Castle, this family-friendly festival highlights the best in food, drink, craft, music and entertainments from the West of Scotland. From fine crafts to fine food and from local pipe bands to world-famous headline music acts, the programme offers something for…

Inveraray Castle

Sat 12 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01499 302203

Sun 13 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01499 302203

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Crail Festival

As well as musical entertainment, the Crail Festival features art, drama, theatre and outdoor activities including a sandcastle competition and rock pool guddle, for adults and children. This year's line-up includes Charlotte Rowan, Robyn Stapleton Trio, Christine Bovill, Fife Opera, Swede Dreamz, Barbara Dickson and Rab…

Various venues: Crail

Wed 22 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Thu 23 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Fri 24 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

…and 8 more dates until 1 Aug

Doune the Rabbit Hole

A boutique music festival that manages a lovely line-up of music, theatre, comedy and spoken word performances.

Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith

Fri 21 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01877 385223

Sat 22 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01877 385223

Sun 23 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01877 385223

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

Newton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival

One of the newest festivals on the traditional music scene, Newton Stewart is the brainchild of acoustic duo Nathon Jones and Rhona Norris. The first festival in 2014 attracted the likes of emerging stars Zoë Bestel, Robyn Stapleton and Hajime Takahashi, and 2015 features a weekend of concerts, workshops and open song…

Various venues: Newton Stewart

Fri 10 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sat 11 Jul

Times & prices vary

Penfest

A community arts festival, with poetry, music and art at the forefront. Events include the Penicuik Turner Prize Exhibition and craft sessions for all ages, with enough music and storytelling to keep the grumpiest of young visitors happy.

Various venues: Penicuik

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Mon 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

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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

African Drum Village

Scotland's only festival dedicated to drumming, with African beats echoing around the landscape of Glenisla. With the emphasis on friendly, relaxed fun, workshops are provided for all the family to learn how to sing, play and dance African style.

Scottish Outdoor Education Centre, Meigle

Thu 6 Aug

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

Fri 7 Aug

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

Sat 8 Aug

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

Sun 9 Aug

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

The Border Gaitherin – Coldstream

The Border Gatherin offers a chance to camp near the River Tweed in Coldstream before taking in a weekend of traditional music and dance. Local talent will be showcased in an open stage competition, plus there are workshops and ceilidhs for those who want to join in the fun.

Various venues: Coldstream

Fri 29 May

Times & prices vary / 01573 224920

Sat 30 May

Times & prices vary / 01573 224920

Sun 31 May

Times & prices vary / 01573 224920

Dunbar Traditional Music Festival

As it approaches its silver anniversary, the DTMF has a back catalogue filled with some of Scotland's best loved music names, including Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, Sandy Legget and Ian Davidson. A range of trad music to suit most tastes, with a family concert on Sunday afternoon and workshops for all ages. 2014's line-up…

Various venues: Dunbar

Fri 25 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07764 170399

Sat 26 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07764 170399

Sun 27 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07764 170399

Dunfermline Folk Weekend

Opening with a family ceilidh on the Friday evening, the weekend proceeds with a selection of workshops, sessions, open stage, family events and concerts, run by a folk club that's been in existence now for over 50 years.

Various venues: Dunfermline

Fri 30 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 31 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 1 Nov

Times & prices vary

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