Celebrating Scotland

Scotland is renowned for its world-class sport events, live music, arts scene, and uniquely Scottish events that take place across the country all year-round. We have iconic venues which play host to events and stunning scenery that provides the perfect backdrop to make the event experience ever so special.

A stay in Scotland is not complete without attending one of our events and with so much choice, from small local events with plenty of spirit to large scale global events, covering everything from major golf and cycling events and renowned music and art festivals to celebrating local foods and performance groups, there is something for everyone.

Annual Events

25 January

On 25 January every year, Scots and Scots-at-heart come together to celebrate the life and works of our national poet, Robert Burns.

6 April

Tartan Day is a unique moment for Scotland to celebrate our enduring connection with the USA and Canada.

May - September

Highland Games are a mix of sports, culture and community. These unique events still take place around Scotland, and the world.

25 May - 2 June

From 25 May to 2 June enjoy big ideas, epic stories and flamboyant physicality at the Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

12 - 21 July

See performances from top Scottish bands, international stars and festival favourites alongside new names at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.


With a packed programme of events, Edinburgh’s festivals continue to be a unique showcase of Scottish and international creative talent for everyone.

30 November

St Andrew is Scotland's patron saint and on 30 November we celebrate St Andrew's Day with the rest of the world.

31 December

Hogmanay is one of Scotland's best-known and best loved traditions. Whether it's fireworks, live music, street parties or cosy pubs for your New Year celebration - we have it all.