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Events in Scotland

When it comes to celebrations, Scotland has few rivals in the world of events and festivals, that's why visitors come from far and wide to experience one of our many incredible events. Scotland, the Perfect Stage for Events.

When we're not dancing to drums and rousing music, tossing a caber or sampling delicious local cuisine, we're celebrating our heritage and culture, challenging the world's best contenders in adrenaline-pumping sports, or donning elaborate costumes for street-side revelry. We definitely know how to party! Our iconic venues and picture-perfect scenic backdrops play host to world-leading music, cultural and sport events. There really is no place quite like Scotland to enjoy an electrifying and magical event experience. 

Explore our mind-boggling diversity of treats in store for foodies, whisky aficionados, music enthusiasts, history buffs, cultural admirers, adventurous souls and everyone in between. There really is so much choice when it comes to attending an event in Scotland, from small local events with plenty of spirit to large scale global events. 

Why not explore some of the fantastic events that our stunning cities are hosting? From Glasgow and Edinburgh, to Dundee and Aberdeen, each hosts a variety of festivals that'll keep you entertained for hours. Looking for the extra feel-good factor? Then celebrate with us and embrace one of our Year of Coasts and Waters themed events. And, there's lots of exciting future events to look forward to as well. Don't forget to check out all the big events coming to Scotland over the next few years.

If you'd like to submit an event, you can get your event listed on for free.

Latest update

On 19 July 2021, Scotland moved to Level 0 allowing events to take place with greater maximum capacities. This is currently 400 for indoor events, 2000 outdoors seated, and 1000 outdoor free-standing.

Look out for information on what events will be running in-person, virtually or a mixture of both.

Read more on what to expect at events in 2021.

What to expect at events in 2021

General Covid-19 restrictions may still apply, such as wearing a face covering, hand-sanitising before entry, contactless payments and physical distancing.

Some events may also make use of allocated seating, e-tickets, booked tickets only to monitor attendance numbers, and one-way systems to keep your contact with other event attendees to a minimum.

Check with the event directly on what Covid-19 requirements are in place, eg taking a test before attending.

For the latest information on individual events, check the event website or social media channels directly.

You can also read more about Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland.

Share your event experiences using #scottishevent and #visitscotland!