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 Food & Drink 2015 there is a packed programme which celebrates the very best flavours of Scotland.

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Arbroath Smokies being prepared on the beach at Auchmithie
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Pipes and drums of the Atholl Highlanders as they march at the Atholl Gathering, Perthshire.
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Taking place around Scotland every summer, the Highland games bring together dancing, competition and Scottish fun.

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Food and drink events

From beer and whisky festivals to celebrations of great food, discover amazing events in the Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015.

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.

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.

Snowdrops in the grounds of Fingask Castle

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Explore Scotland’s gardens and woodlands this winter during the Snowdrop Festival and you'll be surprised and delighted by the beautiful carpets of snowdrops which cover the frosty ground.

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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.