Scottish Festivals

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Paisley Beer Festival

Four day festival celebrating the best ales from around the UK and Europe.

Paisley Town Hall

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0300 300 1210

MHOR Festival

A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, theatre, live music and many more activities for kids and adults alike. There's bare-knuckle dining at the barbeque and Hog Roast, as well as the Festival Feast prepared in 2015 by five seriously good chefs: Fred Berkmiller…

Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Sun 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Northern Streams

A celebration of Nordic and British traditional music, song and dance bringing together top and emerging artists from Scandinavia, Scotland and beyond to Edinburgh on an annual basis. This year's programme includes Oleman, Fjärin and Simon Chadwick.

Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 07866 611954

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

Stereofunk Festival

Club night Stereofunk bring you a full day of DJs and live music. 2015's line-up includes Steerner, Little Eye, Christina Novelli, 2 Faced Funks, George Bowie, Huxley, The Complete Stone Roses, Timmy Trumpet, Concrete Angel, Kings of Lyon, We Came From Wolves, Sunshine Social, Happy Mondaze and more.

Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Sun 3 May

£25 early bird (VIP £40; Super VIP £55) / 01698 402060

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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

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Sun 24 May

Times & prices vary

…and 6 more dates until 30 May

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

Aberdeen Whisky Festival

Have a dram (or at least a taste) of Scotland's national drink, with 100 of the best whiskies from around the world.

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)

Sat 25 Apr

£20–£30 / 0844 477 9000

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

Now in its tenth year, Glasgow book festival Aye Write! will once again be hosted at the iconic Mitchell Library, celebrating an eclectic mix of national, international and local writers. The festival never fails in treating its audiences to big-name speakers, with past guests including Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre and…

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Borders Book Festival

Taking place in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, the Borders Book Festival attracts world-class literary figures.

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Thu 11 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Fri 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

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Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival

The Electric Frog crew and Pressure once again join forces to present their outdoor music festival. This year's line-up features Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Siriusmodeselektor (live), Len Faki, Julio Bashmore, Karenn (live), Robert Hood: Floorplan, Prosumer, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Midland…

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 29 May

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

Sat 30 May

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

Magners' Summer Nights

The second annual Magners-sponsored festival features a series of live music gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh open-air venues. The lineup features Roddy Frame, Glasvegas, James, The Flaming Lips, The Waterboys, Echo & the Bunnymen, King Creosote, Joan Armatrading and Ben Folds with yMusic.

Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Glasgow

Thu 6 Aug

£25–£35

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£35

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£35

…and 3 more dates until 15 Aug

Ross Theatre Bandstand, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Aug

£32.50–£40

Thu 27 Aug

£32.50–£40

Fri 28 Aug

£32.50–£40

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

Nature-Fest

Six weeks of nature and wildlife-related activities, events and workshops celebrating the natural heritage of the Falkirk area.

Various venues: Falkirk

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices vary

Sun 26 Apr

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Mon 27 Apr

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…and 34 more dates until 31 May

Outskirts

Outskirts returns for a day of boundary-traversing installations, performance, art and music. 2015's diverse line-up includes Easterhouse Conversation (a special collaboration between RM Hubbert and Wounded Knee); jazz/electronic reworkings of Krafwek from Radioland; a screening of Enrico Cocozza's The Silver Trumpet…

Platform, Glasgow

Sat 25 Apr

£10 (£7.50; under 16s free) / 0141 276 9696

  • 13:00 – 22:00 Outskirts Platform, Glasgow
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Bon Scott Fest

Fans from all over the world descend on the sleepy Angus town of Kirriemuir for a celebration of its most rock'n'roll son, AC/DC front man Bon Scott.

Kirriemuir Town Hall

Fri 1 May

£19.12

Cumnock Music Festival

The local multi-arts festival mixes music, art, comedy, poetry and a popular carnival.

Various venues: Cumnock

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary

Mon 15 Jun

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…and 5 more dates until 20 Jun

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

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Sun 26 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 2688

Foodies Festival

Michelin starred and award-winning chefs cook up a storm at this year's festival dedicated to epicureans, as well as offerings from local producers and workshops for food lovers young and old.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Fri 3 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Sat 4 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Sun 5 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Fri 15 May

Prices vary / 0121 442 4226

Sat 16 May

Prices vary / 0121 442 4226

Sun 17 May

Prices vary / 0121 442 4226

Clapham Common, London SW4

Fri 24 Jul

Prices vary

Sat 25 Jul

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Sun 26 Jul

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Glasgow Open House Art Festival

Emerging and established contemporary artists who live in Glasgow open the doors of the city's domestic and disused spaces, to reveal a program of exhibitions, performances and events.

Various venues: Glasgow

Sat 2 May

Times vary / Free

Sun 3 May

Times vary / Free

Mon 4 May

Times vary / Free

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Kingdom of Fife Real Ale and Cider Festival

A chance to sample over 30 real ales from around the country, as well as wines, ciders, perrys and continental beers. There is live music on offer each night and all guests receive a commemorative beer glass and programme with detailed tasting notes.

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Thu 30 Apr

£5; £4 CAMRA members / 01592 611101

Fri 1 May

£5; £4 CAMRA members / 01592 611101

Sat 2 May

£5; £4 CAMRA members / 01592 611101

One Day in May Book Festival

Book festival from the charity Scottish Love in Action, featuring appearances from Jeremy Strong, Alasdair Gray, Alexander McCall Smith and more.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Sat 30 May

£6–£10

Stag & Dagger

A music festival featuring a host of live music acts. The 2015 line-up includes Django Django, The Thurston Moore Band, Honeyblood, Iceage, Jim Valentine and more.

Various venues: Glasgow

Sun 3 May

Times vary / £23

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.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 21 more dates until 28 Jun

X Music Festival

A two day music festival of UK artists with over 10,000 people expected to attend the events debut year in Edinburgh. Line-up features Clean Bandit, Andy C, Sigma, DJ EZ, Skepta, Ja Rule, My Nu Leng and Jaguar Skills.

Gypsy Brae Recreation Ground, Edinburgh

Fri 22 May

£29.90–£49.90

Sat 23 May

£29.90–£49.90

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