Events & Festivals

Scotland is home to more than 200 festivals every year, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - the world's largest arts festival. This means that no matter the time of year, there's always something going on!

Annual Events

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Winter Festivals

Scotland's Winter Festivals celebrate our rich culture and heritage. So get out and about in Scotland this winter – there's so much going on!

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St Andrew's Day

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

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Hogmanay

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

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Burns Night

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

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Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh is Scotland's shining capital city: a place packed with history from its castle to its palace and every wynd and close in between.

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Highland Games

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

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Upcoming Events

Edinburgh Trad Fest

Edinburgh Trad Fest
Back for another year, Edinburgh's TradFest kickstarts the summer season with a feast of folk arts (music, storytelling, dance, folk film, literature, talks, crafts and visual arts) across Scotland’s capital. Inspired by the traditions of May Day and Beltane, the festival showcases cultural traditions with a contemporary spin.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
First launched in 1999, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival's annual celebration of Scotland's national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. With a programme of over 500 whisky-inspired events over 5 days, the Festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike. 

Dundee Design Festival

Dundee Design Festival
Dundee Design Festival is a UNESCO City of Design Dundee project supported by Leisure & Culture Dundee through Dundee Partnership. This year as the festival enters its third iteration, it moves location to a new venue to explore what makes a Liveable/Loveable city.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival
Established as the region’s premier calendar entertainments event since 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival, with more than 170 artists performing at 82 events in 42 venues across the full breadth of the region.

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
The Edinbugrh International Children's Festival is turning 30 this year, and they are celebrating in style. You'll have the opportunity to see some of the best theatre and dance from across the Globe

Hidden Door Festival

Hidden Door Festival
Hidden Door is an arts organisation which aims to open up urban spaces as a platform for new and emerging artists, musicians, theatre makers, film makers and poets. Through organising temporary events Hidden Door works to showcase new work and create engaging environments for the public to experience, explore and discover.
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