Glasgow Festivals and Events

Ashton Lane Steet Party Hogmanay

Further information.

St Andrew's Festival

28th November - 2nd December - More information.

Five day festival with lots of entertainment and events including:Shindig in the Square - enjoy your favourite Ceilidh Dancing in George Square,
St Andrew's Day, Friday 30th November.

Photo: Festival parade 2003.Glasgow is a city with much to do and see and the West End is one of the most attractive areas of the city with its wonderful shops, restaurants, cafes and parks. You will enjoy investigating the lanes off Byres Road, in the heart of the West End, walking through the leafy streets and seeing some amazing and enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Among its many attractions Glasgow is a city with a full calendar of Festivals and Events, some of the most interesting taking place in the West End, or only a short bus ride away in the City Centre.

June Festivals and Events - Including the West End Festival


Weather permitting New Year is welcomed in with the Hogmanay - New Year Party in George Square or alternatively at the Ashton Lane Street Party in the West End. . Then the fabulous Celtic Connections,(2008 dates 16th January - 3rd February) Scotland's foremost winter music festival, hits town - drawing the cream of musical talent from around the world.
By the 25th of the month we find ourselves gearing up to celebrate Burns Night, when restaurants are awash with haggis, neeps and pipers.

The Glasgow Fringe Festival offers a series of musical events and have their very own Burns Night - (Glasgow Festival of Song Writing runs alongside this new event - a celebration of contemporary folk music.


Following promptly on this event the wonderfully successful 'Aye Write" Book Festival brings together many of Glasgow and Scotland's great writers, including West End residents, Alasdair Grey, Bernard MacLaverty, Denise Mina plus internationally acclaimed authors.

The Mitchell Library, situated at Charing Cross is the centre of this event but Glasgow City Libraries including Hillhead and Partick Libraries in the West End also participate.

In February the third Glasgow Film Festival, was a major success and hopefully this will now be an annual event.


Folk were rolling in the aisles when Magners' Glasgow International Comedy Festival came to town in March - attracting big namMake your restaurant reservation dine out in style and take advantage of special deals.

es such as Russell Brand and Jimmy Carr. The West End's Stand Comedy Club was one of the main venues.


Glasgow is participating in The Six Cities Design Festival, which demonstrates the benefits of good design and how well designed public spaces help in the rejuvenation of the city. (17th May - 3rd June).


The West End Festival

8th - 24th June. The highlight of the West End Calendar and largest festival in Glasgow, is The West End Festival. This takes place each year in June providing three weeks of fun and culture - with street parties, music, theatre, walks, talks and a host of exciting events plus the Mardi Gras Parade (Sunday 10th June).

Photo: West End Festival 2006.Also in June is the Glasgow Mela - Scotland's largest multi-cultural event with music, dance, stalls and children's activities in Kelvingrove Park.

A busy month for festivals and events - Glasgow's First International Highland Games - Hughenden Stadium, West End. Saturday 2nd June - Programme

On Saturday 9th June, Kelvingrove Park will be buzzing with activities, including lots of things for the children to do at: BBC Springwatch Wildlife Festival

Glasgow International Jazz Festival takes place 22nd June - 1st July.

14th and 15th July, Indian Summer Festival Victoria Park, Whiteinch. This should be a massive event following on the success of last year.

Take your pick this week-end as we also have the short and sweet, Glasgow River Festival - on 15th and 16th July, when it will be all happening down by the riverside.

The Glasgow Show - 28th and 29th July, Glasgow Green and The People's Palace - With music events and activities for all the family.


There are many music festivals and other exciting in the city throughout late summer and Autumn including:
Partick Fayre - 3rd, 4th and 5th August.

Festival - Live at Loch Lomond - Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August.

Glasgow International Piping Festival 2007, Piping Live - 6th - 11th August with International Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 11th August, Glasgow Green

Or take a drive out to Lanark Racecourse for The Lanark Medieval Festival - Scotland?s largest living history festival featuring the Vikings and Medieval knights. Several hundred with battles, displays, music, jesters, stalls, medieval market, kiddies battle and more
Free Parking. Admission: £5 admission adults, children under 16 free.
Further information telephone: George Topp at 01555 665454
Saturday 18th August 07 to Sunday 19th August 07 - 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Lanark Racecourse, The Royal Burgh of Lanark, Lanarkshire ML11 9AH


Merchant City Festival - 20th - 24th September. A chance to see this fascinating part of the city at its very best with a week-end of song, dance, theatre, exhibitions, comedy, fashion and food.

One of the most interesting events with something for everyone is Doors Open Day, when you can see many of the City's finest buildings - for free. The programme has a large West End element and this year will include the re-opened Mackintosh Church at Queen's Cross

Proms in the Park

In September, there is also lots of music with Proms in the Park, at Glasgow Green
Big Big World - International Music Festival October; with venues throughout the city. Including OranMor - the West End's popular music venue.

Glasgow Songwriting Festival presents:

Autumn Showcase at the Buchanan.
The finest crop of unsigned songwriters go head to head over eight weeks...
Saturday night concerts with a competitive edge. See the website for more information

October - November

A new festival for Glasgow - Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival running for three weeks during October with a wide range of exciting and informative events.

Freedom Festival and Walk - Celebrating Glasgow's African / Caribbean Heritage. 20th October.


The AshtonLaneOctoberFest enters its 3rd year and runs in Ashton Lane from 5pm Friday 19 October till Sunday 28th October. The lane will be closed to traffic at weekends and there will be farmers market stalls, buskers, local real ales to buy and sample, and the annual beer list available in all the bars in the lane. There are tasting events - check out the West Brewing Company tasting of "Beers of the World" on Tuesday 23rd at 7pm.
More information:

Organic Food Festival 13th and 14th October - Old Fruitmarket and City halls, Candleriggs, Merchant City. Scotland's biggest celebration of organic food and drink. With Kids' Zone, Therapy Room, Organic Fashion Show, Health and Beauty and lots more.
10.00 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
10. 00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Sunday.

Growing more exciting each year is Glasgay the festival, which takes place 12th October - 11th November - celebrating gay culture with some panache.

In November Glasgow Annual Fireworks Night will take place in Glasgow Green - a spectacular show with the trip into the City Centre there are live bands, a funfair and lasers.

St Andrew's Festival

28th November - 2nd Deceember - More information.

Five day festival with lots of entertainment and events including:Shindig in the Square - enjoy your favourite Ceilidh Dancing in George Square,
St Andrew's Day, Friday 30th November.


By the time December comes we are gearing up for Concerts, Santa, paantomimes and parties galore. Including Christmas Galas and New Year Celebrations at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Hogmanay Party in George Square.


The annual Ashton Lane New Year Street Party will be happening this year again, subject to licence. It will be starting with a bang at 8pm on Hogmanay with a 45 minute set on an outdoor stage by the renowned seventies Bowie covers band Tigers On Vaseline. There will be music in Ashton Lane, bands and/or DJs in the bars, pipers and fireworks.The event will finish at 01am prompt. Cost - the same as last year - £20 per ticket.

Tickets will be on sale at Brel, Jinty's, Vodka Wodka and The Grosvenor at 1pm on Sunday 18 November. This is a West End event for Westenders and regulars in the bars and restaurants of Ashton Lane. Tickets will be sold locally based (work, study or home) regulars and visitors to the city, so please come in and register with us beforehand with evidence of local residency like a utility bill plus driving licence or passport for ID, or e mail if visiting from abroad.
Brel tx limited to 4 per person. Over 18s only. Cash only.
Please note there will be no carry outs permitted to the lane and an entry curfew of 10.30 will be applied, but come early to catch the band and enjoy the Ashton Lane New Year experience.. For more info e mail [email protected]

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