Celtic Connections - January
Glasgow's annual festival of contemporary and traditional Celtic music. Featuring over 300 concerts, the festival focuses on the roots of traditional Scottish music and also features international folk, roots and world music artists. The festival attracts over 120,000 visitors each year.
Glasgow Film Festival - February
The Glasgow Film Festival is the fastest growing film event in the United Kingdom and is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Scottish cinema to film lovers. The Glasgow Film Festival offers screenings, lectures, discussions, workshops and the chance to meet film-makers from Scotland and around the world. The Film Festival was launched in 2005 and has since hosted many top names in film including Anthony LaPaglia and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and even the world premier of the superhero/action-comedy film Kick Ass.
Glasgow Comedy Festival - March and April
With over 400 shows at 50 venues across 25 days, the Glasgow Comedy Festival is the largest Comedy Festival in Europe. From big household names including Allan Carr, Andy Parsons, Jenny Eclair, Jimmy Carr, John Bishop and Pam Ann to new rising talent including Des Clarke and Kevin Bridges, the Glasgow Comedy Festival really does have something for all tastes in comedy.
Glasgow Jazz Festival - June
The annual Glasgow Jazz Festival is one of the biggest Jazz festivals in Europe, which attracts some of the biggest names in jazz from around the world. The event is held on an open aired stage in George Square in the heart of Glasgow so you can enjoy the beautiful mild June weather as well as the cool sounds of the live jazz.
West End Festival - June
Held every June, the West End Festival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Scotland. Every year the streets of Glasgow's West End come alive with the sounds, colors and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival celebrating many of the world’s great cultures.
Merchant City Festival - July
The Merchant City festival presents film, theatre, comedy, visual arts, street theatre, live music, food and fashion - all taking place amidst the architectural elegance of Glasgow's Merchant City.
World Pipe Band Championships - August
The World Pipe Band Championships is the major event in the piping world and the competition culminates in a spectacular style in Glasgow. With over 50,000 spectators and 8,000 pipers and drummers representing 16 nations, including Canada, USA, Australia, Oman and Japan, the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow truly is a massive global event!
Glasgay - October and November
Glasgay is Scotland's annual celebration of queer culture and is presented annually from mid October to mid November. The festival presents a professional programme of top acts and new artists from around the world with events spanning comedy, music, film, theatre, visual art, performance art, literature, club nights, education events, community arts projects. The festival has grown in scale and profile with audiences climbing to just 35,000 visitors.