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

27 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017 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

04 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017 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

04 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017 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

07 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017 North Berwick

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

12 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017 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 2017 - 28 Aug 2017 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

25 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017 Edinburgh

Join Scotland's leading multicultural performing arts festival.

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Nairn Book and Arts Festival

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

12 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017 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

09 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017 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

20 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 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

17 Nov 2017 - 19 Nov 2017 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

25 Oct 2017 - 05 Nov 2017 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

01 Sep 2017 - 03 Sep 2017 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

11 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017 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

08 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017 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

15 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017 Eyemouth

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

28 Jul 2017 - 05 Aug 2017 Aberdeen

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

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Truck Fest Scotland

Truck Fest Scotland

05 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017 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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Strathaven Balloon Festival

Strathaven Balloon Festival

25 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017 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 2017 - 27 Aug 2017 Loch Lomond

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

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Ride the North

Ride the North

26 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017 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 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 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 2017 - 03 Sep 2017 Ayr

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

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Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days

02 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 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

02 Sep 2017 - 03 Sep 2017 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

17 Sep 2017 Edinburgh

Annual re-enactment of the Ancient Edinburgh Common Riding.

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The Scottish Half Marathon

The Scottish Half Marathon

24 Sep 2017 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

28 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017 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

13 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017 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

14 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017 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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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

03 Aug 2017 - 05 Aug 2017 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

04 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017 Edinburgh

In 2017 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo embraces a colourful theme, Splash of Tartan, playing host to a stunning array of performers from all points of the compass.

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Party At The Palace

Party At The Palace

12 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017 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!

07 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017 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

11 Aug 2017 - 12 Aug 2017 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

19 Aug 2017 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

19 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017 Glasgow

Pride Glasgow is Scotland's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Festival. 2017 will mark Pride Glasgow’s 21st Birthday.

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Aberdour Festival

Aberdour Festival

28 Jul 2017 - 06 Aug 2017 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 2017 - 10 Sep 2017 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

28 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017 Dundee

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

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Glasgow Comic Con

Glasgow Comic Con

01 Jul 2017 Glasgow

A comic convention with the focus very much on comics and their creators, writers, illustrators and readers.

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Meadows Festival

Meadows Festival

03 Jun 2017 - 04 Jun 2017 Edinburgh

Edinburgh's festival season kicks off with the Meadows Festival, which offers a local band line-up, dance groups, performance stage, a dog show, the biggest outdoor market in Edinburgh and workshops amidst lots of family-friendly activities.

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Hidden Door Festival

Hidden Door Festival

26 May 2017 - 04 Jun 2017 Edinburgh

Artists of all stripes congregate for the Hidden Door interdisciplinary arts festival, which features dozens of cool musicians, bands, artists, poets and filmmakers, often working in new and exciting combinations.

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West End Festival

West End Festival

02 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017 Glasgow

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.

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Edinburgh Food Festival

Edinburgh Food Festival

26 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017 Edinburgh

Celebrate all the lovely food and drink that Scotland has to offer.

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Foodies Festival Edinburgh

Foodies Festival Edinburgh

04 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017 Edinburgh

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.

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Kelburn Garden Party

Kelburn Garden Party

30 Jun 2017 - 03 Jul 2017 Largs

Kelburn Castle provides the fairytale setting for this eccentric music festival.

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MHOR Festival

MHOR Festival

26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017 Lochearnhead

Scotland's most loved wee festival is back for it's sixth year with a packed line-up of artisan food and drink producers, sell-out recording artists, theatre and entertainment, all kicking off from 3pm on the Friday.

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Glasgow Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival

08 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017 Glasgow

A packed programme of workshops, shows, films, discussion, exhibitions and art collaborations allows budding scientists to sit back and learn something new or don safety goggles and take part in an experiment.

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Best of the West Festival

Best of the West Festival

09 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017 Inverary

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.

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Borders Heritage festival

Borders Heritage festival

01 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 Borders

The Borders Heritage Festival is a region-wide celebration of the rolling landscape and history-drenched legacy of the area, with walking tours, living history events, museum tours, talks, and theatre shows.

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ButeFest

ButeFest

28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017 Isle of Bute

A three-day music festival taking place of the Isle of Bute. The lineup is a mash up of folk, rock, roots and dance.

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Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

29 Sep 2017 - 01 Oct 2017 Callander

The programme features some 45 bands performing live in 22 venues around Callander.

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Crail Festival

Crail Festival

19 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017 Crail

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.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

26 May 2017 - 04 Jun 2017 Dumfries & Galloway

To say the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival ticks a few boxes would be an understatement. Established in 1979 with the aim to bring world-class artists to a mainly rural area, it has grown in confidence and sale year on year.

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Dunbar Traditional Music Festival

Dunbar Traditional Music Festival

22 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 Dunbar

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.

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Dundee Design Festival

Dundee Design Festival

25 May 2017 - 29 May 2017 Dundee

This five-day festival celebrates design in Dundee, marking the city’s time as the UK’s UNESCO City of Design.

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Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival

Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival

15 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017 Midlothian

Held bi-annually, this event brings together dance groups from France, Germany and Italy with those from Scotland to participate in an exchange of folk dance styles in a series of workshops and performances.

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The Eden Festival

The Eden Festival

08 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017 Moffat

A boutique festival, with over 250 acts performing across nine stages, bringing you live music, dance, cabaret, burlesque, circus skills, theatre, a children's area, fun, games and much more.

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Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

27 May 2017 - 04 Jun 2017 Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s international children’s festival of performing arts presents a programme of dance, storytelling and puppetry, suitable for anyone with an imagination.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

21 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017 Edinburgh

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres .

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Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

30 Jun 2017 - 08 Jul 2017 Edinburgh

MagicFest returns this summer with its biggest ever programme of unique events and special performances featuring the world's greatest illusionist and magicians.

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Findhorn Bay Festival

Findhorn Bay Festival

26 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 Forres

A six-day celebration of arts and culture taking place at the heart of Moray and showcasing artists of national and international renown.

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Galloway Country Fair

Galloway Country Fair

19 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017 Dumfries

A weekend of country pursuits and family events with stalls selling local food, drink, and crafts, and various activities from clay pigeon shooting and archery to cookery demonstrations and a sheep show.

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Glasgow Jazz Festival

Glasgow Jazz Festival

21 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017 Glasgow

The Glasgow Jazz Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B and world music, from Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones and Pat Metheny to Tony Bennett, Buddy Guy, Pee Wee Ellis and Tito Puente.

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Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Glasgow Youth Film Festival

22 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 Glasgow

Innovative festival for young audiences featuring premieres, screenings, events and special guest speakers.

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HebCelt

HebCelt

19 Jul 2017 - 22 Jul 2017 Outer Hebrides

The picturesque Hebridean islands of Lewis and Harris provide a fitting backdrop for this family-friendly festival that showcases Celtic, traditional and contemporary music with a strong focus on Gaelic culture.

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Innerleithen Music Festival

Innerleithen Music Festival

18 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017 Innerleithen

An established Celtic music festival that augments its line-up of local musicians, sessions, traditional singing, street events and workshops with international stars.

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Inverness Film Festival

Inverness Film Festival

08 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017 Inverness

A small festival that packs a cinematic punch with film premieres and a handpicked selection of work by international first time directors.

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Killin Music Festival

Killin Music Festival

16 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017 Killin

Three day festival of music featuring live bands and artists as well as sessions and workshops throughout the village over the weekend.

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Lammermuir Festival

Lammermuir Festival

15 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 East Lothian

The Lammermuir Festival presents great music in the picturesque surroundings of East Lothian.

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Largs Viking Festival

Largs Viking Festival

02 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017 Largs

On the anniversary of the Battle of Largs meet King Alexander of Scotland and King Haakon of Norway with living history installations in a 13th century living history village. There are craft demonstrations, a Scottish food fayre and on-stage entertainment.

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The Mackintosh Festival

The Mackintosh Festival

01 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 Glasgow

Festival celebrating the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The programme includes exhibitions and tours as well as the opportunity to unleash your own creativity through workshops and activities.

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Marymass Festival

Marymass Festival

17 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017 Irvine

Traditional and contemporary events including the Crowning of the Marymass Queen and the Marymass Folk Festival. This historic event dates back to the 17th century and celebrates history, tradition and heritage.

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Merchant City Festival

Merchant City Festival

22 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017 Glasgow

The Merchant City Festival returns for an annual takeover of Glasgow’s cultural quarter. Normally serene boulevards and swanky bars are transformed into bustling markets with stalls selling artworks, handmade crafts and vintage clothing as well as stands dedicated to foodie delights.

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Midlothian Walking Festival

Midlothian Walking Festival

11 Aug 2017 - 14 Aug 2017 Midlothian

A range of activities take place over this festival, including a chance to try a guided walk, Nordic walking or canicross. Please call for more information.

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Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival

Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival

16 Jun 2017 Moray

A series of walks in the varied landscape of Scotland's Malt Whisky Country. Take in the sights along sandy beaches, over hilltops, past railway tracks and in the footsteps of whisky smugglers.

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Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

16 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017 Mull of Kintyre

Traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music based in Campbeltown, Kintyre (The Cradle of the Nation) on the west coast of Scotland.

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North Hop

North Hop

16 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017 Glasgow

A beer and food festival with an impressive selection of craft beer, cider, gin, cocktails, street food, sweet treats and live music. North Hop makes stops at various locations across the country.

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Orkney Folk Festival

Orkney Folk Festival

25 May 2017 - 28 May 2017 Orkney

A firm fixture in the folk festival calendar since its inception in 1982, the festival's combination of Orcadian talent and visiting musicians earned it the accolade Event of the Year at the 2011 Scots Trad Music Awards.

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Orkney International Science Festival

Orkney International Science Festival

07 Sep 2017 - 13 Sep 2017 Orkney

A series of innovative talks and inspiring events with guest speakers covering all aspects of science. The festival includes social events in the evenings for continuation of the discussions.

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Orkney Jazz Festival

Orkney Jazz Festival

21 May 2017 - 23 May 2017 Orkney

A weekend of traditional jazz with players from around the UK and a sprinkling of local talent to ensure a true Orcadian flavour.

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Rewind Scotland: The 80s Festival

Rewind Scotland: The 80s Festival

21 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017 Perth

Rewind goes large on nostalgia with the biggest line-up of 80s artists to perform together in Scotland. The lineup for 2016 included Rick Astley, ABC, Adam Ant, Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, Midge Ure, Leo Sayer and more.

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Royal Deeside Cycling Festival

Royal Deeside Cycling Festival

09 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017 Ballater

A week-long programme of family-friendly events developed to support the Etape Royale, Scotland's first and only 100 mile closed road cycle sportive.

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Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Scottish Borders Walking Festival

03 Sep 2017 - 09 Sep 2017 Peebles

The Scottish Borders Walking Festival, the oldest established walking festival in Scotland, has a reputation for being one of the friendliest walking festivals of the year.

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Scottish Queer International Film Festival

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

27 Sep 2017 - 01 Oct 2017 Glasgow

The second SQIFF is a four-day event hosting features, short film screenings, workshops, discussions and nights out.

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Scottish Real Ale Festival

Scottish Real Ale Festival

06 Jul 2017 - 08 Jul 2017 Edinburgh

Celebrate the hoppy, malty, tasty world of Scottish brewing. With 170 plus Scottish beers this is the world's greatest showcase of our native brews, brought to you by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale

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Skye Book Festival

Skye Book Festival

31 Aug 2017 - 02 Sep 2017 Isle of Skye

The festival delivers a comprehensive programme of events that welcomes writers, thinkers and artists to Skye to inspire, challenge and entertain.

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The Spirit of Skye Festival

The Spirit of Skye Festival

16 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017 Isle of Skye

A celebration of the best of Skye's food, whisky, gin, beer and music.

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St Magnus International Festival

St Magnus International Festival

16 Jun 2017 - 24 Jun 2017 Orkney

The St Magnus International Festival was founded in 1977 by a distinguished group that included Orkney’s great poet George Mackay Brown and its resident composer, the late and equally great Peter Maxwell Davies. The event has grown from small beginnings to become one of the biggest festivals in the far north.

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Stonehaven Folk Festival

Stonehaven Folk Festival

06 Jul 2017 Stonehaven

A line-up combining old favourites and exciting new acts in a programme of concerts, ceilidh, workshops, sessions and the Tradition Bearers Concert, as well as some more unusual events like the World Paper 'n' Comb Championships and the Aqua Ceilidh.

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Tarbert Seafood Festival

Tarbert Seafood Festival

01 Jul 2017 - 02 Jul 2017 Loch Fyne

An opportunity to sample the internationally renowned seafood (and other types of cuisine) from the waters of Loch Fyne.

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TechFest

TechFest

26 Aug 2017 - 25 Sep 2017 Aberdeen

TechFest continues to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics fun and accessible to children and young people of all ages.

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Tiree Music Festival

Tiree Music Festival

14 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017 Tiree

Folk and trad music are the stars at this festival, which was voted Best Small Festival at the Scottish Event Awards in 2012 and 2013.

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TMSA Keith Festival

TMSA Keith Festival

09 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017 Keith

Traditional music, song, poetry and dance across a platform of competitions and spectator events, ending with a Farewell Concert/Ceilidh to leave revellers with fond memories and the desire to return next year.

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