Events & festivals in Scotland

From folk festivals to orchestral concerts, local art exhibitions to major international showcases, classical ballet to local ceilidhs and everything in between, find out what's on across Scotland with our comprehensive events listings. In the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 there is a packed programme which celebrates the very best of Scotland's creative and unique talent.

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A-Z Winter in Scotland Guide

Explore Scotland with the A-Z Winter Guide.

Haggis and whisky

Food and Drink

Discover Scotland's variety of tasty dishes, drinks, and desserts. Enjoy our haggis, irn-bru, whisky and so much more!

Wild poppies growing in a field by North Berwick, East Lothian

WW1 Centenary

It's been 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. Discover events in Scotland to mark its centenary.

A group of children inspect the creatures they caught from the pond at Cream o' Galloway

Family events

Enjoy family events across Scotland including theatre, music, wildlife, festivals, comedy and much much more.

The Vatersay Boys, a ceilidh band, performing on the Isle of Berneray


Ceilidhs, a traditional Scottish dance, have played an important role in Scotland’s social and cultural life for many years.


Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

Discover the talent across Scotland this year with YIAD 2016.

Brightly dressed performers take part in the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the city's Princes Street © Kenny Lam

Edinburgh Festivals Guide

Download our FREE Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide for all the hints, tips and highlights you need to experience the world’s festival city this August.

Enthusiastic Scotland rugby fans with saltire-painted faces and tartan bunnets

Rugby events

Soak up the atmosphere, banter and the friendly rivalry with a packed calendar of Scottish rugby events throughout the year, ranging from full internationals to club cup finals.

A Roman re-enactment group march with banners © The Friends of Kinneil/The PR Store

Heritage and outdoor events

Enjoy a range of great heritage and outdoor events in Scotland, from walking festivals to historical days out.

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Scottish film festivals

A guide to movie festivals around Scotland, including the world famous Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Arts and culture events

Take part in arts and culture events in Scotland and choose between music, film, dance, art and literature festivals.

Music, dance and theatre

Enjoy a great selection of events, whether you want to attend major modern music festivals or watch a musical.

Return to the Ridings

The Scottish Borders boasts an ancient equestrian heritage that is celebrated every year during the Return to the Ridings.

Jazz festivals

Find out about the variety of vibrant jazz festivals taking place around Scotland.

Traditional festivals

Celebrate the culture and heritage of Scotland throughout the year at its many traditional festivals.

Spectator sports

Find information on some of the many exciting spectator sports which take place in Scotland.

LGBT events

Browse a great range of events with LGBT themes, including Pride Scotia and Glasgay! Festival.

Homecoming Scotland 2014

Take a look back at Homecoming Scotland 2014, an unforgettable celebration of Scottish culture, nature, history and more.