What's on in Glasgow in 2018

With the city’s annual calendar bursting with amazing events, there are even more reasons to make your NEXT STOP GLASGOW in 2018.

From film, comedy and contemporary art to colourful summer festivals and sporting spectacles check out our jam-packed list of just some of this year’s highlights!

Winter Warmers 

As the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow hosts some of the biggest events in some of the best venues in the world.  Kick off the New Year in style with the UK's premier Celtic music festival, Celtic Connections. 

Celtic Connections (Jan 18 – Feb 4)

Celtic Connections marks its 25th anniversary in 2018.  The annual folk, roots and world music festival celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe.  This year's programme features an incredible line-up with 2,100 musicians from across the world taking part in 300 events across some of the city's best cultural venues.

Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 21 – Mar 4)

Glasgow Film Festival – one of the UK’s leading film festivals – offers a mixed programme from mainstream crowd-pleasers to ground-breaking art-house experimentation.  This year's Festival showcases emerging talent from the Baltics and Ireland, whilst the return of its ever-popular retrospectives toasts some of Hollywood’s most smouldering Rebel Heroes. The opening gala is always a highlight with the 2018 gala - the UK Premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.

Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival (March 8 - 25)

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival will be in town to entertain us for a 16th year.  Over two weeks there will be 500 shows to choose from with a chance to see some much-loved and fresh talent in some of the best venues, big and small, throughout the city.  

Cultural City 

Glasgow is the only place in the world that has a concentration of attractions and architecture created by iconic Glaswegian architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and this year marks the 150th anniversary of his birth.  

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Mackintosh 150 (dates throughout 2018) 

A year-long programme of events will take place to celebrate the incredible legacy and creative genius of Glasgow's great cultural icon.  Highlights include a major exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum as well as the much-anticipated re-opening of Mackintosh at the Willow (in June), Miss Cranston's original Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style (March 30 - August 14)

Glasgow Museums celebrates the anniversary year with a major, new exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.  Spanning the lifetime of Mackintosh, it will present his work in the context of Glasgow, his peers and contemporaries and how it contributed to creating the Glasgow Style.  The exhibition will present the very best of Mackintosh works held by the city. A number of objects have never previously been on public display, with many not seen for more than 30 years. Tickets are on sale now.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival (March 15 - 25)

Book lovers will adore this celebration of the written word, with events to suit little and big book worms. The Aye Write! festival showcases controversial literary giants, comedy superstars and extraordinary life stories. 

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (April 20 - May 7) 

Glasgow is recognised as a leading light among the global art community and a number one destination for art fans so what better way to experience this than through Glasgow International, a biennial festival of visual art, which brings to the fore Glasgow’s strengths as a vibrant and unique centre of artistic production and display.  Under the new direction of Richard Parry, the 2018 programme comprises new works, site-specific commissions, exhibitions and events across over 70 venues and spaces across the city.

Summer Festivals 

Summer in Glasgow is party season with a mix of colourful and exciting neighbourhood festivals, arts, foodie and music events.


Southside Fringe Festival (May 11 - 27) 

Head south of the river and experience some quality entertainment from comedy to cabaret to fashion shows and gigs at this year's Southside Fringe.  With 200 events in 50 venues, there is sure to be something that’ll take your fancy!

The Scottish Street Food Festival (May 18 - 20)

The Scottish Street Food Festival is back for its second year to bring people together through food and to celebrate Scotland's vibrant and ever growing street food culture in a fun festival setting.  Suppliers & producers showcase what they have to offer in the surrounds of the iconic Riverside Museum. 

Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival (May 26 - 27)

Scotland’s biggest electronic music festival will return again for it's 6th year and will take place in the grounds of the Riverside Museum on the banks of the Clyde, bringing together the biggest and best electronic artists and DJs in this unique and iconic location.

West End Festival (throughout June) 

The West End Festival is one of Glasgow’s most popular cultural events and every June it takes over the imaginations of participants and visitors in the west end neighbourhood. Events include classical, folk, rock and jazz music, theatre, dance, children’s authors, guided walks and local gala days. 

Fiesta x Fold (June 30 - July 1) 

Nile Rodgers & CHIC will be back in Glasgow on June 30th and July 1st curating a brand new musical extravaganza, Fiesta x Fold!  This incredible 2 day event will take place in the stunning surrounds of Kelvingrove Park. It is set to be a musical extravaganza with some of Nile's best friends and collaborators.

Glasgow Jazz Festival (June 20 - 24) 

The Glasgow Jazz Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B and world music, from Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones and Pat Metheny to Tony Bennett, Buddy Guy, Pee Wee Ellis and Tito Puente. With major concerts, a late night jazz club, film screenings and talks, it's one of the biggest events in the Scottish jazz calendar. 

TRNSMT (June 29 - July 1, July 6 - 8) 

TRNSMT is a Scottish rock and indie music festival on Glasgow Green. After a thrilling debut in 2017 that saw sets from Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro, the festival has announced it will expand to two weekends in 2018.  The new experience will deliver a world class festival line-up with headliners Liam Gallagher, The Killers and Stereophonics already announced, firmly establishing TRNSMT as a key event on the Scottish music calendar. 

Merchant City Festival

Merchant City Festival (August 2 - 12) 

The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish and international art and entertainment with a programme of street arts, music, theatre, food & drink, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion & design and children & families activities, while at the same time showcasing the unique cultural hub that is the Merchant City. This nine day event is now the centrepiece of the city’s summer calendar. In 2018, the Merchant City Festival is back as part of Glasgow 2018 European Championships. 

Sporting City 

European Championships 2018 (August 2 - 12)

A new era in world sport will get underway in the summer of 2018 as Glasgow and Berlin host the inaugural European Championships — an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports including the existing European Championships for Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon with a new Golf Team Championships. 

Scottish Spectacular 

Glasgow may be known as the gateway to the beauty and scenery of the Scottish Highlands but you can experience a real taste of Scottish culture right here in the city when, in August, the city comes alive with the sound of the bagpipes!

World Pipe Band Championships

Piping Live (August, 13 - 19)

Make sure you are part of Piping Live! - a week-long piping event that makes Glasgow the centre of the world stage for piping brilliance. There is something going on morning, noon and night. The venues are as varied as the performers, from workshops to masterclasses, concerts and street performances. It's fast, fun, moving, informative, entertaining, and exhilarating.

World Pipe Band Championships (August 17 - 18)

The biggest event in any piping fan's calendar is certainly the annual World Pipe Band Championships, affectionately known as 'The Worlds'. The event has had a long association with Glasgow, and for many years has been bringing top flight international piping competition and a wonderfully entertaining event to the city.

And There's More!

RAF100 Aircraft Tour (August 21 - September 2) 

Some of the most iconic fighter planes from the past 100 years are to go on display in Glasgow this summer as part of celebrations marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF).  The RAF100 Aircraft Tour will allow families and enthusiasts alike to get up close with a selection of full-size aircraft from throughout the RAF’s illustrious history.  From the First World War to the present day, visitors will have the chance to see aircraft including the Sopwith Snipe, historic Spitfire, Harrier ‘jump jet’ and the latest F35 Lightning, complete with crews in period uniform.

Doors Open Days (September 10 - 16)

Glasgow Doors Open Day is an annual, city-wide event. Buildings open their doors and allow access to the public. As part of Doors Open Day there are also walks, tours, talks and special events, to learn about Glasgow’s unique building heritage. All events are free.

Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run (September 29 & 30)

Be part of the biggest weekend of running in Scotland at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.  Runners of all abilities descend on Glasgow city centre over the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September.  Televised live on the BBC, up to 30,000 runners will take on their chosen event from a Toddler Dash, Junior Run, Family Mile, 10k or Half Marathon.

Resonate: Total Gaming (October 18 - 21) 

Resonate: Total Gaming, an eSports festival, is coming to Scotland again!  Purchase tickets now for your chance to see a professional eSports tournament, a junior 'gamer zone', a play hall and a retail zone where gamers can compete and mix with YouTube stars.

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Good Food Show Scotland (October 19 - 21) 

The Good Food Show Scotland highlights the very best of Scotland’s cuisine, featuring top chefs and experts and authentic local produce from across the UK along with live entertainment, cooking inspiration, shopping and plenty of tasting opportunities! 

GlasGLOW (October 27 - November 4) 

Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens are set to be completely transformed this Halloween into a magical world of light and fantasy at a brand-new world-class outdoor experience.  When the clocks change and the dark nights start to draw in, GlasGLOW will take event-goers through an immersive landscape of light and sound. The event will have a uniquely Spielsberg-esque twist with a nod to 80s nostalgia running throughout.  Tickets on sale from August 21 from itison.com 

Glasgow Christmas Markets

Glasgow Loves Christmas (November - December) 

Glasgow Loves Christmas and it's the perfect place to visit during the festive season with stylish shopping, superb eating and drinking plus a jam-packed events programme. Shop for gifts on Glasgow’s fabulously festive Style Mile, enjoy a unique shopping experience and delicious mulled wine in the city's Christmas Markets and be dazzled by the twinkling Christmas lights and the magnificent tree on George Square!


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