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West End Festival

This old-fashioned community festival and street party take place in Glasgow's academic and campus quarter. There is live music, garden fetes, cake stalls, barbecue and family fun days, and a Japanese Matsuri, where visitors put on a kimono, make origami and try their hand at the Japanese alphabet.


(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various West End venues and streets.
Website: http://www.westendfestival.co.uk
Cost:

Most events are free.


Glasgow Jazz Festival

Now sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Glasgow Jazz Festival continues to progress with over 160 separate performances staged each year. Most concerts take place at the Royal Bank Big Stage, aided and abetted by other concert venues. This is a festival with strong roots and many top names have featured here in past years such as Miles Davis, Ray Charles and Sarah Vaughan.

Date: 20 June 2018 - 24 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Royal Bank Big Stage and various venues.
Website: http://www.jazzfest.co.uk
Cost:

Various.


Merchant City Festival

This vibrant arts and entertainment festival takes place in about 50 venues in Glasgow's rejuvenated cultural quarter. A packed four-day programme includes music, theatre, comedy, film, food and exhibitions in a list of about 200 events. Past acts include the Urban Rocks Fashion Show, Ceilidh Dance Class, cutting-edge film screenings, and street theatre.

Date: 02 August 2018 - 12 August 2018
Venue: Various venues in Merchant City.
Website: https://www.festival2018glasgow.com/
Cost:

Ticket prices vary.


Piping Live!

Scottish pipe bands from around the world perform daily in the middle of Glasgow during the annual Piping Live! event. Daily workshops offer an opportunity to be initiated into the secrets of the bagpipe – the quintessentially Scottish instrument. There are also café pipe jamming sessions, a Festival Club, the World Solo Amateur Piping Competition, and the eagerly awaited Pipe Idol competition.

Date: 13 August 2018 - 19 August 2018
Venue: Multiple venues.
Website: http://www.pipinglive.co.uk
Cost:

Various. Some events are free.


Glasgow's Hogmanay

New Year's Eve celebrations offer the best in Scottish themed entertainment and activities including Highland Dancing, pipe bands, free performances by top Ceilidh bands and much more.

Date: 31 December 2018 - 01 January 2019
Venue: Multiple venues.
Cost:

Various prices.


Celtic Connections

Glasgow's annual folk, roots, and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Typically, over 2,000 musicians from around the world descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for almost three weeks of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

Date: 17 January 2019 - 03 March 2019
Venue: O2 ABC Glasgow, The Mackintosh Church
Website: https://www.celticconnections.com/Pages/default.aspx
Cost:

Various.


Glasgow Film Festival

The festival programme encompasses a huge range of moving image experiences. Visitors can expect entertaining galas, premieres, parties, lively events, celebrities and of course a collection of stunning documentaries from around the world.

Date: 20 February 2019 - 03 March 2019
Venue: Glasgow Film Theatre
Website: https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival
Cost:

Various.


Glasgow International Comedy Festival

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival is attracting increasingly bigger and better names, making it one of the most well respected comedy festivals in Britain, rivalling even Edinburgh's line-ups. Venues range from small pubs to big theatres and concert halls, so you can expect everything from major shows featuring big names on the circuit to little gems by unknown performers. Nearly 300 shows take place at some 40 venues all over Glasgow.

Date: 15 March 2019 - 23 March 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com
Cost:

Various costs.