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Top events and festivals

Top events and festivals

Top events and festivals

Glasgow has a spectacular programme of events and festivals. Check out some of the best live experiences to enjoy in the city over the next few months.

1. Scotland Men’s Football FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (November 15)

Join in with the famous Hampden Park roar and cheer on Scotland men’s national football team, as they compete against Israel and Denmark to secure their place at the FIFA World Cup 2022. Book tickets on the Scottish Football Association’s website.

2. Neurostages (October 15 – 16)

A two-day hybrid festival of workshops, discussions and performances curated by the Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network. The festival has a full online programme, with events streamed live from the Centre of Contemporary Arts and also opportunities to attend in person. Visit National Theatre of Scotland’s website for tickets.

3. GlasGLOW (October 27 – November 14)

aerial view of Glasgow Botanic Gardens with lighting display

Credit: Itison

An immersive and spectacular light show trail in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, GlasGLOW is back for 2021. Visit itison’s website to book tickets.

4. Les Misérables (November 23 – January 1)

The acclaimed Broadway production of Les Misérables is coming to Glasgow’s Theatre Royal. With the backdrop of 19th century France, this musical tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love. Visit the Theatre Royal Glasgow's website for more information.

5. Country Living Christmas Fair (December 2 – 5)

Head to the biggest Christmas fair in the city for unique festive gifts, before checking out the champagne bar and food hall. Visit Country Living Magazine’s website to book tickets.

6. Aladdin (December 11 – 29)

two males and a female in panto costume with their hands on their hips with the SEC in the background and orange, blue and yellow colours in the background

Credit: Scottish Event Campus

Family festive fun returns this year with the Scottish Event Campus' pantomime, Aladdin. Starring some top Scottish comedians, expect laughs, flying carpets, beautiful costumes and incredible 3D effects. Go to the Scottish Event Campus website to book tickets.

7. Celtic Connections (January 20 - February 6)

musicians on stage performing with an audience at the front, quite dark with strobe lighting and a Celtic connections banner

Credit: Celtic Connections

Glasgow's annual folk, roots, and world music festival celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. There will be 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, exhibitions, workshops and family events. Follow Celtic Connections on Instagram for programme updates.

8. Glasgow Film Festival (March 2 - 13)

green background with a pink circle and  video camera in the middle

Credit: Glasgow Film Festival

One of the friendliest film festivals on the planet with a wide-ranging programme that celebrates every corner of world cinema and provides a fantastic showcase for the best of Scottish film. Visit Glasgow Film Festival's website for programme updates.

Article last updated: September 2021

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