Us Scots know how to put on a good show and are always up for a party, so why not come and join us? Walk amongst the throngs of people at a vibrant street festival, admire performances by music virtuosos and talented dancers, take part in discussions about your favourite novel, and groove to the latest tunes. Make sure you don't miss all this and more at venues across Scotland.

Seven not-to-be-missed cultural events in Scotland

See unique traditional events, laugh at top comedy acts and be astounded by ground-breaking art and design. Here's a just a few of Scotland's excellent events.

1. Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

St Peter's Seminary Hinterland YIAD

We're not all geniuses, but it's fair to say that Scotland has produced and inspired some pretty bright sparks. In 2016 we're celebrating the country's role in the worlds of Innovation, Architecture and Design at events and festivals, and you can too.

2. Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Fringe performer

The world's largest arts festival takes place in Edinburgh each summer - and it's just one of the capital's array of outstanding annual events.

3.  Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa Lerwick

This event lights up Shetland in the dark of winter and the party goes on into the wee small hours. There are plenty more fire festivals and traditional events across the country too.

4. T in the Park

T In The Park at sunset

The land that brought the world the Proclaimers, Biffy Clyro and Primal Scream sure knows how to let its hair down. T in the Park is just one of the annual music festivals that get the crowds jumping.

5. Spring Fling

Abstract Vases

While major art exhibitions take centre stage at galleries across Scotland, art festivals such as Spring Fling in Dumfries & Galloway showcase the country's creativity, with chances to meet artists and craftspeople and see their studios.

6. A film festival

visitscotland_32711914722

Kick back and enjoy a night at the movies during one of Scotland's film festivals. Whether you love the glitz of red carpet premieres or prefer discovering experimental shorts, there is one to suit you.

7. Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Laughter is often the best medicine, and luckily us Scots have a great sense of humour. Attracting comedians from across the globe, hilarious events, such as the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, will have you in stitches.