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Top Glasgow festivals and events

Glasgow is set to have a summer of spectacular live events and festivals to attend in person. From music to family-friendly, from carnival to sporting, check out just some of the live experiences to enjoy in one of the world's top sporting and cultural cities.

1. Live at No: 40 (July 3 - August 1)

Live at 40 995A scene from the new Verdi Falstaff co-production by Scottish Opera and Santa Fe Opera © Scottish Opera

Live at No. 40 is a month-long outdoor celebration of music, theatre and opera from three of Scotland’s premier cultural organisations - Scottish Opera, Citizens Theatre and Scottish Ensemble. Audiences can rediscover the magic of live performance, with each of the shows specially created to take place outdoors at Scottish Opera’s production studio car park, which has had an atmospheric makeover. Visit Live at No 40 online to view the full programme, which includes A Comedy of Errors, a new production of Verdi's Falstaff and Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

2. Bard in the Botanics (July 7 - August 28)

A large close up image of a pink dahlia flower in full bloom with the words beside it advertising the events of this year's Bard in the Botanics' featuring Twelfth Night and The Winter's Tale A dahlia flower in full bloom with details on this year's Bard in the Botanics' programme © Bard in the Botanics

This year marks the 20th anniversary season of Bard in the Botanics. Enjoy the comedy, romance and tragedy of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Twelfth Night in this beautiful park setting in the city's west. Book tickets for shows online.

3. King Tut's Summer Nights (August 4 - 31)

One of the country's best-loved music venues, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut is hosting its Summer Nights Festival to showcase fresh Scottish music talent to audiences. The festival line-up, which includes Cara Rose and NOVA, will feature 75 bands across 19 evenings. Check out the full list of acts on King Tut's website.

4. Riverside Festival (September 3 - 5)

The names of the artists performing at this year's Riverside Festival, listed below the dates that they are due to perform. The writing is in black on a bold yellow backdropThe line-up for this year's Riverside Festival © Riverside Festival

The Riverside Festival is Scotland’s premier electronic music event, taking place each year on the grounds of Riverside Museum. The line-up includes Jamie XX, Ewan Chambers and Éclair Fifi, with the after-party, Riverside By Night at SWG3, a late-night festival in its own right. Check out the full line-up online.

5. TRNSMT (September 10 - 12)

The summer spectacular that is TRNSMT is back this September, bringing some of the biggest music acts to Glasgow Green. Confirmed acts for 2021 include Liam Gallagher, Courteeners, Primal Scream, Snow Patrol and Tom Odell, amongst many others. Visit to book tickets.

6. Clydebuilt Festival (September 11 - 12)

A man wearing a viking hat cheers with his arm in the air whilst aboard a row boat and playing a drum. The boat is sailing on the river and has a dragon-like bow. Setting sail for the dragon boat race © Clydebuilt Festival

As part of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, the Clydebuilt Festival is set to include live music, street food, bars, local artists and makers, children’s activities and some amazing on the water performances! Festival favourites will also return including castle to crane and dragon boat racing. Visit the festival website for more details.

Watch this space…

Many events are planning virtual online festivals and will look to programme live events if they can.

  • Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival (August 7 - 15) is a celebration of all things piping with performances, competitions, book launches, workshops and more. Keep up-to-date by visiting
  • Usually held in June, the West End Festival (dates TBC) is planning a return in the autumn. It will be the 25th anniversary of the arts and community festival. Follow the festival on Twitter for updates.

Visit our Glasgow Now section for more inspiration on how to enjoy the city.

Article last updated: July 2021