Burns Night Events

Here you'll find some of the most exciting events happening all around Scotland for Burns Night, featuring live music and the very best of Scottish culture.

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum
Date

27 January 2019

Location

Glasgow

‘Pie, Pop and Play; Burns on Stage’, will celebrate Burns Night with an innovative children and family programme. Inspired by the work of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow and related material from the university’s collections, we will deliver an innovative and diverse theatrical programme targeted at a transformational youth demographic. We will celebrate through:-

  • Poems and performance
  • Puppets and plays
  • Letters and stories
  • Access to related collections not currently on show

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Big Burns Supper

Big Burns Supper
Date

24 January – 3 February 2019

Location

Dumfries

Big Burns Supper 2019 is Scotland’s landmark Burns Night event and features a heady mixture of cabaret, comedy, music and entertainment in over 30 different venues as the town goes bonkers for 11 days of winter magic. Audiences old and new, from near and far, will join together for the biggest contemporary celebration of Scotland’s national poet, 260 years since his birth, in the town he called home. 

Come and see a host of top Scottish and international artists including KT Tunstall, Craig Charles, Talisk, Frank Turner, Ed Byrne and Scotland’s finest five-star cabaret experience – Le Haggis.

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Burns' Birthday in Mauchline

Burns’ Birthday in Mauchline
Date

27 January 2019

Location

East Ayrshire

Now in its fourth year, our event celebrating the life of Robert Burns in Mauchline continues to grow, bringing together local communities and attracting more visitors to the area to celebrate our national bard. The museum is situated in the cobbled back streets of Mauchline where Burns lived and worked between 1784 and 1788, years widely regarded as being his most creative and productive period. This was the time that Burns established himself as a poet, leading to the publication of the famous "Kilmarnock Edition”.

Burns and his wife Jean Armour spent some time living in the building that is now the museum and it features a recreation of the room they lodged in. Full of rare collections, original objects and documents relating to Burns’ time, the museum also brings the Burns story up to date.

Find out more about life in Mauchline in the 18th century and discover the many vivid characters around the town that Burns knew like Holy Willie, who featured in Burns’ poetry and is buried in the graveyard opposite the museum.

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Perth Riverside Light Nights

Perth Riverside Light Nights
Date

26 - 27 January 2018

Location

Perth

Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Riverside Light Nights. On the Saturday, there will also be a themed parade starting in Perth city centre, and heading over the bridge to bring participants to the venue.

Perth’s ever popular Riverside Light Nights will again follow a variety of themes. Visit the winter wonderland beside the River Tay and to enjoy spectacular lighting and entertainment to chase away those winter blues.

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Burns and Beyond

Burns and Beyond
Date

22 - 27 January 2019

Location

Edinburgh

From Unique Events, the team behind the critically acclaimed ‘Scot:Lands’ is a new festival called Burns & Beyond, celebrating the life and legacy of Robert Burns and bringing together the best and brightest of Scotland’s cultural landscape.

This innovative new event will invite audiences to experience free and ticketed events from 22 – 27 January in venues throughout Edinburgh city centre, including the spectacular Museum of the Moon @ St Giles’ Cathedral, The Burns Supper and a brand new Culture Trail experience.

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Burns' Hame Toun Events

Burns’ Hame Toun Events
Date

23 - 27 January 2019

Location

South Ayrshire

Celebrate the bard in his ‘hame toun’ with a celebration street party, the world’s first Burns Supper drive thru, Burns live music nights, Alloway birthday celebrations, the only Burns Supper in the world to take place in Burns Cottage, the winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award and much more!

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Burns night at An Lanntair

Burns night at An Lanntair
Date

25 - 26 January 2019

Location

Stornoway 

Our Burns weekend begins with an hour long programme of his music performed by the Neil Johnstone quartet, with the Nicolson Institute Girls’ Choir providing the songs in both Scots and Gaelic. To follow there is an alternative Burns supper, comprising a themed buffet and Scottish gin tasting.

The following evening there will be a family friendly Scottish quiz night, finished off by a traditional music session in An Lanntair’s bar and restaurant.

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Supper with Burns at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Supper with Burns at the Scottish Storytelling Centre
Date

24 - 25 January 2019

Location

Edinburgh

A seasonal favourite! Join us for an alternative Burns Supper in the beautiful setting of the Storytelling Court, serving up a delicious 3-course Scottish dinner - with the centre piece Haggis – and a generous helping of Burns' stories, song and lore.

Hosted by storytellers David Campbell and Ruth Kirkpatrick, with clarsach player Katie Harrigan. Also featuring Donald Smith’s wonderful rendition of Tam O'Shanter! Book early to avoid disappointment!.

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