Scottish Festivals

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Cat Video Festival

GoMA and Glasgow Film Festival present the UK premiere of the Internet Cat Video Festival. No longer a guilty habit, the watching of feline clips has gone mainstream. The videos in the programme range from clips dating back to 1901, to animations and shorts featuring some more familiar feline faces.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sun 1 Mar

Free / 0141 332 6535

Part of Glasgow Film Festival.

Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival

An Edinburgh festival to promote and celebrate fair trade. Combining fair trade stalls, speakers, refreshments, music and more.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 28 Feb

Free / 0131 560 1581

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

Hina Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival

Take part in this celebration of Japanese culture by checking out a spot of taiko drumming, trying your hand at origami, sampling some Asian sweets and testing out some Japanese fashion.

Kibble Palace, Glasgow

Sat 28 Feb

Free / 0141 334 2422

Wellington Church, Glasgow

Sat 13 Jun

Free / 0141 334 0454

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Taking place in venues as diverse as The Stand to the SECC and the Kings to the Citz, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival increases in size, scope and stature every year. The 2015 event features two and a half weeks of global talents, local comics and national institutions all vying for attention, with the festival…

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 12 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

Fri 13 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

Sat 14 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0844 395 4005

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Having celebrated its 25th anniversary two years ago, Edinburgh International Science Festival was the world’s first large-scale festival of science and technology. The event is still among the biggest of its kind and is a success story which also involves year-round outreach and international engagement. This year it…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Mon 6 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

…and 13 more dates until 19 Apr

Glasgow Film Festival

Escalating in recent years to the point at which it’s recognised as one of the UK’s major film festivals alongside London and Edinburgh, GFF has increased its duration to 12 days this year. And such is the confidence in its various strands that the Glasgow Short Film Festival (11–15 Mar) has become a spin-off event…

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 26 Feb

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Fri 27 Feb

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Sat 28 Feb

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Sun 1 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Solas Festival

An age-free arts festival with music, literature and spoken word, visual art and crafts, film and theatre as well as a programme of talks and debates. This year's line-up features comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince, hip-hop giants Stanley Odd, social and political historian TM Devine, novelist James Robertson, journalist…

The Bield, Tibbermore

Fri 19 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

Sat 20 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

Sun 21 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

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

The Great Scottish Beer Celebration

A beer festival celebrating Scottish brewing, with 18 small breweries pouring a wide range of beer styles, plus music from the folk behind Shout Bamala and a selection of street food vendors.

Barras Art & Design Centre, Glasgow

Fri 13 Mar

£7.50 / 0141 946 3020

Sat 14 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 946 3020

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Magners' Summer Nights

The second annual Magners-sponsored festival features two weekends of music in Glasgow's open-air venue. The 2014 lineup featured Steve Earle, Teenage Fanclub, The Waterboys, Alison Moyet and Squeeze.

Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Glasgow

Thu 6 Aug

Times & prices vary

Fri 7 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary

…and 3 more dates until 15 Aug

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

MHOR Festival

A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, food prepared by star Scottish chefs and many more activities for kids and adults alike. Previous festivals have featured a barbeque and a hog roast.

Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Sun 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Whisky Fringe

Held in the magnificent Mansfield Traquair, this is the much-anticipated annual event from Royal Mile Whiskies. In previous years, tickets for this celebration of the water of life, which features around 26 exhibitor stands and over 200 whiskies to sample each day, have sold out in under 20 minutes. But if you're lucky…

Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

Sun 9 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 5249380

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The Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman festival is quite probably the world’s only family-friendly music event inspired by a cult horror film about human sacrifice. Located in the prime Wicker Man territory of Dundrennan in Dumfries & Galloway, the festival’s unique selling point is its annual climactic burning of a bespoke wicker man (sans a…

Dundrennan Abbey, Kirkcudbright

Fri 24 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0844 884 2920

Sat 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0844 884 2920

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

Aberdeen Jazz Festival

A shining example of Scotland’s jazz scene, the Aberdeen Jazz festival takes place over five days, across various venues such as the Carmelite Hotel, Aberdeen Music Hall and legendary jazz club The Blue Lamp. The festival features a whole range of musicians and performers flocking to the Granite City for gigs on the…

Various venues: Aberdeen

Wed 18 Mar

Times & prices vary / 08451 110302

Thu 19 Mar

Times & prices vary / 08451 110302

Fri 20 Mar

Times & prices vary / 08451 110302

…and 3 more dates until 23 Mar

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

Fri 17 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sat 18 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sun 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

…and 6 more dates until 25 Apr

Big Sunday Dundee WestFest

Big Sunday is Dundee WestFest’s own mini festivalette. Magdalen Green is filled with stalls, children’s rides, art activities, live music, sport tasters, a beer garden and food vendors.

Magdalen Green, Dundee

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01382 433 647

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The Enchanted Forest

A stunning sound and light show that transforms Faskally Wood using dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score.

Faskally Wood, Pitlochry

Fri 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 08712 887655

Sat 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 08712 887655

Sun 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 08712 887655

…and 21 more dates until 25 Oct

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

Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

Dundee Flower and 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

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Dundee Women's Festival

Celebrating International Women’s Day, Mar 8, with almost three weeks of events, drama, discussions and workshops. The theme for 2015 is 'Equality for women is progress for all'.

Various venues: Dundee

Mon 2 Mar

Times & prices vary / 01382 305731

Tue 3 Mar

Times & prices vary / 01382 305731

Wed 4 Mar

Times & prices vary / 01382 305731

…and 18 more dates until 22 Mar back to top