Cultural Events

Selection of cultural events in Scotland

The Insider Festival, Aviemore

The Insider Festival, Aviemore will be back in 2015 .

True to its name the Insider Festival is all about small, idiosyncratically-named stages tucked away in the woods of the Inshriach Estate. A small crowd and a high number of artists, makes this event a celebration of music, food and performance. A perfect choice for those who are uncomfortable with festival crowds.

Common Ridings

The annual Common Riding festivals will be held across 11 towns across the Scottish Borders in the months of June and July.

Cupar Arts Festival

Biennial arts festival of Cupar Arts Festival will return in 2015 and will focus on contemporary visual arts that attracts new work and includes internationally-recognized artists.


Open Studios Event in Dunbar and District, East Lothian, Scotland

African Drum Festival, Kirriemuir

Five-day festival of African drumming and culture. As well as workshops in drumming, tuition will be given in singing, African languages, cookery and musical instruments for everyone from absolute beginners to more experienced players.

Dumfries Folk 'n Ale Festival

Celebrating the complementary pastimes of music and ale-drinking, this festival favours the traditional versions of both, and brings live music sessions to local pubs and open concerts on the High St on the Saturday afternoon.

New Words

North-East Scotland's innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance with an emphasis on events that combine literature with other artforms.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

The world’s best known New Years Eve party will feature a range of events and activities.

British Dance

This popular dance event brings together 350 UK and international dance promoters to Scotland. Other attarctions include talks, seminars and events which showcase the best professional dance of all styles being made by dance artists from across the UK.

straw bear festival

The Straw Bear Festival celebrates the old Fenland plough custom of parading straw bears around the town every January.

Scout Gang Show

Whitehall Theatre Dundee Scout Gang Show is a variety show of musical numbers and comedy sketches performed by a cast of over 100 boys and girls who are members of the Scout Association in the City of Dundee and assisted by almost 100 helpers.

Glen Farg

A rich fare comprising of Scottish,  Irish and contemporary music and  children's entertainment.

Colonsay Festival of Spring

A huge range of guided walks, talks and workshops held every day led by experts to celebrate the natural beauty and flora and fauna of the Isle of Colonsay. Also local art, craft, photography and cooking classes.

Beltane Fire Festival

A special revival of an ancient Celtic fertility festival with a unique and wild procession of fire, drumming and revelry.

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

 A weekend community folk festival run by Girvan Folk Club featuring a range of open sessions, concerts, workshops and children's events.

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival will be held on May 2-4 in Girvan.


Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow Show

A popular agricultural show that features trade stands, craft tent, light horse section, Clydesdale horses, private driving and lots more.

Loch Lomond Quilt Show

The 10th  Loch Lomond Quilt Show will run from 14th -17th May 2014. A celebration of traditional and contemporary quilt work, with workshops, masterclasses and competitions.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Started in 1979 with an objective to bring world-class artists to rural area, this event has grown in popularity over the years. The nine-day family-friendly multi-arts Borders-based festival boasts everything from theatre, dance and music to literature, film and art.

Traquair Medieval Fayre

A weekend of Medieval entertainments and a royal pageant commemorating the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

3 Harbours Art Festivals

The largest and most diverse arts festival in East Lothian,3 Harbours Art Festivals in  2014 will run from the 31st May to the 8th June in venues through­out Cocken­zie, Port Seton and Prestonpans.

Haddington Festival

A local festival with a range of activities and musical concerts, exhibitions, craft fairs and a daily café and sporting competitions.

3 Harbours Arts Festival, East Lothian

A Ten day event of art, music and storytelling in Prestonpans, Port Seton and Cockenzie. Food stalls, kids events and live music are some of the other attractions that make it an event for the whole family.

West End Festival

West End Festival is Glasgow's most extensive and exciting cultural event, finished, which draws millions of art lovers from within and outside Glasgow.

West End Festival

West End Festival is Glasgow's most extensive and exciting cultural event and it dates back to 1996.

Meadows Festival

Edinburgh's festival season kicks off with the Meadows Festival, which offers the best local bands, dance groups, quirky performers and workshops amidst lots of family-friendly activities.

Leith Festival

A popular community arts festival featuring artists and performers mostly from Leith. Around 150 events hosted by around 50 venues within a one-mile radius in Edinburgh's port community.

Leith Festival, Edinburgh

The vibrant community of Leith shows off its festival skills with a fun-packed programme of events. Among the line-up of exhibitions, concerts, walks, talks and films is the anticipated Leith Festival Gala Day on Leith Links.

Peebles Beltane Festival

15th century festival that continues to be celebrated in Peebles today with Beltane Queen, Local Ridings etc

Horsecross Youth Arts Festival, Perth

A festival by children and young people, for children and young people featuring performances and showcases by Horsecross Arts. Join In groups and performances by professional theatre and dance companies.

aLive Festival, Inverness

Since its inception in 1988, ALIVE Festival has grown to be one of the nation’s premier contemporary Christian music festivals!  Now in its 27th year, the festival will feature  live music, talks, conferences, worship and days out.