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

01 December 2018 and 27 January 2019

Location

Glasgow

The Hunterian Museum will come to life for St Andrew’s Day to celebrate forgotten histories and heritage. From Peter Pan to Outlander, modern Scottish fantasy as portrayed in literature, film and TV, provides the theme for this dazzling event.

Working in partnership with the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at University of Glasgow, The Hunterian will also host a Night at the Museum event celebrating the works of the bard in translation for Burns Night 2019.

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Big Burns Supper

Big Burns Supper
Date

19 - 28 January 2018

Location

Dumfries

Big Burns Supper is Scotland’s landmark Burns Night event which takes place in Dumfries 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. If you are going to check out Dumfries – this is definitely the time to do it, with events including Burns Night Live – which is streamed live to the world. The festival is also the home of Le Haggis, Scotland’s finest five-star cabaret experience. 

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Big Burns Stramash

Big Burns Stramash
Date

25 – 27 January 2018

Location

Inverness

The Big Burns Stramash 2018 is all about young people; comprising of a variety of different events to suit those from toddlers to those who are very nearly grown-ups to get the national Year of Young People off to a bang in the Highlands! 

Kicking off Scotland's Year of Young People in true traditional style Eden Court CREATIVE are delighted to bring you the Highland Schools Hoolie; a Highland Gathering like no other.

A ceilidh party for wee ones and their families. Lots of dancing, games and fun to be had for all the family. The Wee Burns Ceilidh is ideal for those with children under the age of 8, but big brothers and sisters are welcome too!

Like a good old fashioned ceilidh dance, but also drum and bass beats and electronic fx? Monster Ceilidh Band are providing the tunes for Eden Court's first Big Burns Ravin’ Ceilidh; a perfect fusion of the traditional and the contemporary mixed together to celebrate Burns Night. 

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Burns Unbound

Burns Unbound
Date

21 January 2018

Location

Edinburgh

With a packed programme of creative activities and performances, bairns and big yins alike will find plenty to enjoy at the day-long celebration of the poetry and legacy of Robert Burns. Wear your favourite tartan, experience live Scottish music, discover some braw Burns poetry and get creative at our craft stations.

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Burns Alicht

Burns Alicht
Date

27 January 2018

Location

South Ayrshire

Journey, this Burns season into Burns Alicht, a unique sparkling birthplace tour in celebration of Scotland’s poet Robert Burns. Discover special illuminations, become enchanted by mischievous sights, sounds and entertainment and delight in landmarks coming alive. This special evening concludes with a finale burning of John Barleycorn to the sound of tribal drums!

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Red, Red Rose Street

Red, Red Rose Street
Date

25 – 27 January 2018

Location

Edinburgh

A festival celebrating all things Burns, with a variety of different events, activities and animation, engaging with businesses, locals and visitors, featuring a range of free, ticketed and drop in entertainment across three days.

Burns Night will be celebrated with a variety of events, including a traditional Burns Supper, and as an antidote to the more formal proceedings we will present an intimate gig featuring the best of Scotland’s talent.

Words and inspiration from the Bard himself will adorn the beautiful buildings in and around Rose Street. Invited artists will reflect on the main themes that Burns himself was inspired by, audiences will enjoy familiar faces and discover new favourites.

The Rose Theatre will host the Burns Club a place to drop in for traditional tunes, Scottish comics and dancing as well as ‘have a go’ workshops and a family ceilidh throughout the day. 

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Burns's Birthday in Mauchline

Burns’s Birthday in Mauchline
Date

27 – 28 January 2018

Location

East Ayrshire

Burns’ Birthday in Mauchline, organised by East Ayrshire Leisure, invites residents of Ayrshire and visitors to the region to embrace all aspects of traditional and contemporary arts, by offering opportunities for involvement in a celebration of the work of Burns, with particular reference to Mauchline.

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Burns on Strings at An Lanntair

Burns on Strings at An Lanntair
Date

27 January 2018

Location

Stornoway 

This special commission features arrangements of some of Robert Burns most enchanting musical pieces by Cellist Neil Johnstone. Neil will be joined by Rhona Johnstone (fiddle), Jane Macmillan (viola), Andy Yearly (piano) and vocalist Ceitlin Smith.

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Perth Riverside Light Nights

Perth Riverside Light Nights
Date

27 - 28 January 2018

Location

Perth

Perth’s Riverside Light Nights will tell the story of how Robbie Burns started his life as a poor tenant farmer and through channelling his intellectual energy into poetry became one of the most famous characters of Scotland’s cultural history. With stunning lighting, music, street theatre, dance and folklore the life and work of Robbie Burns will be portrayed to all that attend.

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Supper with Burns at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Supper with Burns at the Scottish Storytelling Centre
Date

24 - 25 January 2018

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.

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Burns Unbroke

Burns Unbroke
Date

25 January – 10 March 2018

Location

Edinburgh

Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival, offering new interpretations of the work of Robert Burns. The project‘s innovative visual arts programme features over 30 visual artists and includes newly commissioned work by four Scottish based artists. The focused programme of events includes an Alternative Burns Night, spoken word performances, children’s performances and a tailor made programme of music.

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