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

French Film Festival

French Film Festival
The UK-wide festival dedicated to Francophone cinema featuring premieres, guest film-makers and actors, retrospectives and much more.

Dundee Jazz Festival

Dundee Jazz Festival
International jazz names rub shoulders with Dundonian talent in a programme that covers many styles of jazz, including blues, soul, funk, big band and Latin.

Oban Winter Festival

Oban Winter Festival
The coastal town gets frosty with a series of activities, films and light shows to celebrate the fluffy white season that carries the year to a close.

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland
A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

Sleep in the Park

Sleep in the Park
After the success of last year's landmark event, Social Bite's charity sleep-out is back and this time has extended to all of Scotland's major cities. Acts confirmed to play across the four cities are Amy MacDonald and KT Tunstall, as well as many more. It will take place in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens, Aberdeen's Duthie Park, Dundee's Slessor Gardens and Glasgow's Kelvingrove Bandstand.

Dundee Mountain Film Festival

Dundee Mountain Film Festival
The UK's longest continuous running mountain film festival showcases an international programme of films by local film makers, presentations and book signings by world renowned mountaineers, adventurers and expedition leaders, and art and photography exhibitions.
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