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Summer Festivals

Our festivals map highlights a snapshot of events happening all across Scotland this summer.

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Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival

28 Jul 2016 - 28 Jul 2016 Edinburgh

Edinburgh Art Festival is Scotland's largest celebration of the visual arts, offering audiences the chance to experience the best contemporary Scottish artists.

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Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

05 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016 Edinburgh

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

05 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016 Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

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Fringe by the Sea

Fringe by the Sea

08 Aug 2016 - 14 Aug 2016

Fringe by the Sea brings all the chaos of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the calm surroundings of the North Berwick beach front.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

13 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016 Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature, annually plays host to the largest book festival in the world.

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Glasgay!

Glasgay!

25 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016 Glasgow

The Glasgay! festival is an annual celebration of the arts in Glasgow running from mid-October to mid-November.

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Edinburgh Mela

Edinburgh Mela

27 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016 Edinburgh

Join Scotland's leading multicultural performing arts festival.

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Nairn Book and Arts Festival

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

30 Aug 2016 - 04 Sep 2016 Nairn

Six days of distinguished writers, artists and performers coming together with local talent to showcase the very best of Scottish and European culture in the picturesque Highland setting of Nairn.

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Scottish Nature Photography Festival

Scottish Nature Photography Festival

10 Sep 2016 - 11 Sep 2016 Perth

Anyone with an interest in photography or just the beauty of the natural world should check out the Scottish Nature Photography Festival.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

21 Oct 2016 - 30 Jul 2016 Edinburgh

Scotland welcomes the world to a feast of traditional and contemporary storytelling for adults and young people.

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Edinburgh Art Fair

Edinburgh Art Fair

18 Nov 2016 - 20 Nov 2016 Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Art Fair brings together 60+ galleries from throughout the UK and abroad to showcase the work of hundreds of artists from around the world.

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Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Edinburgh Short Film Festival

26 Oct 2016 - 06 Nov 2016 Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival showcases the best of international and local short film.

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Dundee Flower and Food Festival

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

02 Sep 2016 - 04 Sep 2016 Dundee

The Dundee Flower and Food Festival is one of the city's largest annual events, regularly attracting approximately 20,000 visitors and exhibitors from all over the country.

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

05 Oct 2016 - 09 Oct 2016 Edinburgh

Oktoberfest is a celebration of German food and drink that brings the bierkellers and bratwurst of Munich right into the heart of Edinburgh.

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UnstFest

UnstFest

16 Jul 2016 - 24 Jul 2016 Unst

UnstFest is the UK's most northerly festival, taking place on Britain's most northerly island - Unst, in The Shetland Islands.

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Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival

Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival

16 Jul 2016 - 24 Jul 2016 Eyemouth

Now in its 72nd year, the EHQ Festival will crown its new Herring Queen, a tradition dating back to 1939.

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Aberdeen International Youth Festival

29 Jul 2016 - 06 Aug 2016 Aberdeen

The festival showcases over 1000 talented young International and Scottish performers.

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Truck Fest Scotland

Truck Fest Scotland

30 Jul 2016 - 31 Jul 2016 Edinburgh

Proud of its heritage in presenting trucks from all over the world, Truckfest has turned into Europe’s premier trucking event, from giant American rigs, vintage wonders, to jaw dropping customised trucks, emergency service vehicles and everything top truck manufacturers have in store for 2016.

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Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival

25 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016 Tomintoul

Join the ‘friendly festival’ on some spectacular walks and cycling in the Cairngorm National Park.

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Strathaven Balloon Festival

Strathaven Balloon Festival

26 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016 Strathaven

The annual Strathaven Balloon Festival is a spectacular, international hot air ballooning event, the only one of its kind in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK.

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Great Scottish Swim

Great Scottish Swim

26 Aug 2016 - 27 Aug 2016 Loch Lomond

Returning for its third year in the majestic surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

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Ride the North

Ride the North

27 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016 Inverness and Aberdeen

Ride the North is a unique challenge cycle event running between the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen.

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Borders’ Heritage Festival

Borders’ Heritage Festival

01 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 Scottish Borders

The Borders' Heritage Festival is an annual celebration of the heritage that composes a key element of the Scottish Borders' rich and diverse environment. Events run throughout the month in a range of historic settings.

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Scottish Airshow

Scottish Airshow

02 Sep 2016 - 03 Sep 2016 Ayr

Scotland’s biggest air party is coming for two glorious days in September.

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Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days

03 Sep 2016 - 03 Sep 2016 Scotland

Every September, throughout Scotland, Doors Open Days gives free access to places normally closed to the public.

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Braemar Gathering

Braemar Gathering

03 Sep 2016 - 03 Sep 2016 Braemar

The events include Highland Dancing, traditional Highland Games events such as Tug of War and a Hill Race.

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Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

11 Sep 2016 Edinburgh

Annual re-enactment of the Ancient Edinburgh Common Riding.

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The Scottish Half Marathon

The Scottish Half Marathon

18 Sep 2016 Edinburgh

The Scottish Half Marathon is the newest event on the UK’s running calendar - come and be a part of it!

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The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

29 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016 Pitlochry

The Enchanted Forest is Scotland's premier sound and light experience and attracts over 35,000 visitors annually.

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Scotland’s Boat Show

Scotland’s Boat Show

14 Oct 2016 - 16 Oct 2016 Inverkip

Scotland’s largest boat show takes to the water and shore with an unrivalled selection of new and pre-owned power and sailboats.

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Melrose Sevens

Melrose Sevens

08 Apr 2017 Melrose

This year will see the 125th Melrose Sevens with guest teams coming from far and near.

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Islay Festival of Malt and Music

Islay Festival of Malt and Music

26 May 2017 - 03 Jun 2017 Islay

The festival includes a diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

15 Jul 2016 - 24 Jul 2016 Edinburgh

With over 150 concerts you can explore the A-Z of jazz and blues right in the heart of Edinburgh.

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Wickerman Festival

Wickerman Festival

21 Jul 2017 - 22 Jul 2017 Dundrennan

Wickerman is taking a year off in 2016 and will return in summer 2017 as one of Scotland’s best loved independent music festivals.

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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

04 Aug 2016 - 06 Aug 2016 Beauly

Belladrum offers a great mix of local and international artists and is guaranteed to have something to your taste, with fantastic music ranging across a variety of genres.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

05 Aug 2016 - 27 Aug 2016 Edinburgh

The 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrates ‘Our Home, Friends and Family’ as Scotland welcomes the world.

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Party At The Palace

Party At The Palace

13 Aug 2016 - 14 Aug 2016 Linlithgow

Scottish music royalty will perform against the magnificent backdrop of Linlithgow Palace this summer, showcasing some of Scotland’s best music.

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Piping Live!

Piping Live!

08 Aug 2016 - 24 Aug 2016 Glasgow

Piping Live! Festival is the largest bagpipe festival in the world, held every year in Glasgow by the National Piping Centre.

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World Pipe Band Championship

World Pipe Band Championship

12 Aug 2016 - 13 Aug 2016 Glasgow

Glasgow welcomes the World Pipe Band Championships back to Glasgow Green. Saturday’s exciting competition programme will comprise 300 performances, including the Championship Finals.

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Groove Festival

Groove Festival

20 Aug 2016 Loch Ness

Groove Festival is taking Scotland's music festival scene back to basics by offering up a brand new dance festival on Loch Ness.

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Pride Glasgow Festival

Pride Glasgow Festival

20 Aug 2016 - 21 Aug 2016 Glasgow

Pride Glasgow is Scotland's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Festival. 2016 will mark Pride Glasgow’s 20th Birthday.

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Aberdour Festival

Aberdour Festival

29 Jul 2016 - 07 Aug 2016 Aberdour

The Aberdour Festival is possibly the best small festival of Scotland's Summer, its packed 10 day programme of music, events and culture, has something for everyone.

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Live at Troon Festival

Live at Troon Festival

08 Sep 2016 - 11 Sep 2016 Troon

Live at Troon holds an annual weekend long music festival during the first weekend of September each year encompassing a diverse range of music for all tastes and age groups.

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Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections

19 Jan 2017 - 05 Feb 2017 Glasgow

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe.

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The Glenfarg Folk Feast

The Glenfarg Folk Feast

07 Apr 2017 - 09 Apr 2017 Glenfarg

2017 sees the 39th annual Glenfarg Folk Feast take place in the beautiful Perthshire village of Glenfarg.

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Tradfest

Tradfest

27 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 Edinburgh

TradFest celebrates Scotland’s May festivals – Beltane and Mayday – which traditionally mark the beginning of summer, bringing energy and colour to the capital city as the greening of the year breaks out.

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Dundee Science Festival

Dundee Science Festival

29 Oct 2016 - 13 Nov 2016 Dundee

Each November Dundee Science Festival transforms the city into a vibrant celebration of science, engineering and technology.

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