The city’s annual calendar is bursting with amazing events. 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!
War Horse January 15 – February 2 SEC Armadillo The critically acclaimed National Theatre's War Horse is coming to the SEC Armadillo. The enormously successful show tells the story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War.
Celtic Connections January 17 – February 3 Various venues The largest winter music festival of its kind returns, celebrating Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Over 2,100 musicians will perform in over 300 events, with acts including Graham Nash, Loudon Wainwright III, Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes and the premiere of Brave in Concert.
Glasgow Film FestivalFebruary 20 – March 3Glasgow Film Theatre and various venues One of the UK’s biggest and best-loved film festivals, Glasgow Film Festival, returns for its 15th year, with star-studded premieres, glitzy galas and a packed programme of must-see movies, from action and romance, to the best of world cinema, horror and comedy.
Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival March 14 – 31 Mitchell Library and various venues Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival returns this March across three extended weekends. A huge range of authors and writers will bring their latest works, including Simon Mayo, Sam Bourne, Val McDermid, Louise Minchin, Louis de Bernières, Tracey Thorn and more.
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Anchors and Adventures Now until February 28 Riverside Museum Glasgow’s Anchor Line produced beautiful posters appealing to people's sense of adventure in the 1920s and 1930s to advertise their sailing routes around the world. Posters of these images will be on display at the Riverside Museum, by the River Clyde, where the Anchor Line voyages set sail.
Cécile B. Evans: AMOS' WORLD January 7 - March 17 (Tuesdays – Sundays) Tramway Filling the Tramway’s vast industrial main gallery is Cécile B. Evans’ most ambitious exhibition to date. An allegory for the networked age, AMOS’ WORLD is conceived as a fictional TV show about a socially progressive housing estate centred around ‘Amos’ the architect who imagined it.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure January 22 – May 6 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Discover the little-known story of Diplodocus Carnegii, named after Scottish-American millionaire Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Dippy, a plaster cast of the fossilised bones of a diplodocus found by railroad workers in Wyoming, USA in 1898, will be carefully reconstructed in the main hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Never before on public display outside of London, Glasgow is the only Scottish destination for Dippy on Tour.
The Linda McCartney Retrospective July 5, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum The Linda McCartney Retrospective, which is curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, will be shown in the UK for the first time in Glasgow. It will feature iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s along with more intimate and emotional later work by this acclaimed photographer.
Experience music within a Unesco City of Music…
Counterflows Festival April 5 – 7 Various venues A festival for underground and international music returns for its 8th year, providing a platform to a wide array of radical, off stream and experimental music. The line-up for Counterflows 2019 includes Humming Dogs, Triple Negative, Dakim, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi and more.
Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand May/June /August Kelvingrove Bandstand Major acts take to the stage over a series of weekends to perform at the delightful outdoor venue of Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, set within Kelvingrove Park. The line-up is set to match the calibre of acts at previous Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand, which have included Lulu, Bryan Ferry, Fleet Foxes and Van Morrison.
Glasgow Jazz Festival June19 – 23 Various Venues The 33rd Glasgow Jazz Festival returns this summer, making it Glasgow’s longest running music festival. More than 250 musicians will perform over 50 shows in a variety of venues.
TRNSMT July 12 – 14 Glasgow Green TRSNMT has billed worldwide artists such as Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Interpol and Liam Gallagher as well as giving local talent a platform to perform at the King Tuts stage. Its third year will firmly cement its position as a highlight in the festival calendar, taking place in the city’s oldest park, Glasgow Green.
Glasgow Summer Sessions August 16 – 25 Bellahouston Park The outdoor series of three summer concerts in the city’s Bellahouston Park will return in 2019 with a belter of a line-up, including The Cure headlining the opening night, marking their first Scottish gig in 27 years. The Foo Fighters, The 1975, and Twin Atlantic are also confirmed to perform at this year's Glasgow Summer Sessions.
Southside Fringe May 10 - 26 Various venues The 16 day annual Southside Fringe will see around 30-50 local venues, all south of the River Clyde, host a variety of events. There are between 100 - 200 art, drama, cabaret, comedy, music, literature, spoken word, health & lifestyle and food & drink events to choose from.
West End Festival May 30 – June 30 Various venues The West End Festival is Glasgow’s largest cultural event, with venues, streets and parks brimming with activities for the month of June. Last year over 400 events took place in 80 venues, ranging from exhibitions to performances, from family activities to workshops – with many free-of-charge!
Merchant City Festival July Various venues The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish and international art and entertainment with a packed programme that includes dance, design, family activities and comedy. Prepare to be surprised by musicians, acts and parades that take to the streets.
See champions in action in the sporting city…
European Athletics March 1 – 3 Emirates Arena A number of the world’s leading athletes will descend on Glasgow’s Emirates Arena as the European Athletics return to the Glasgow for the first time since 1990. There will be 650 athletes from more than 45 nations setting their sights on glory across three action-packed days.
Final of the Guinness Pro 14 Rugby May 25 Celtic Park Glasgow will host the final of the prestigious Guinness Pro 14 Rugby. The annual rugby union competition sees professional sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales take part in nine months of competition, culminating in the final event on May 25 in Glasgow.
Simplyhealth Great Women's Run June (date tbc) Kelvin Way This annual women's only 10k run is open to all levels and all motivations. Simplyhealth Great Women's Run starts in the scenic Kelvin Way in the west of the city, then heads along the quayside, taking in a number of iconic buildings en route, before finishing at Kelvingrove Park.
Royal National Mod 2019 October 11-19 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow will host An Comunn Gàidhealach’s Royal National Mòd for the first time in 29 years. There will be a range of competitions for both children and adults – in spoken word, singing and instrumental performance, with an eclectic Fringe programme running alongside the main competition. Piping Live! August 10-18 Various venues Piping Live! is 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.
World Pipe Band Championships August16 – 17 Glasgow Green The World Pipe Band Championships is two days of competition showcasing the extraordinary ability of 8,000 pipers and drummers. Defending champions Inveraray and District will face bands from around the World as they compete to hang on to their crown.
Still Game: The Final Farewell September 27 – Oct 12 The SSE Hydro Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill will retire their hugely popular characters from Still Game in their final theatre run at the SSE Hydro. This will be the third year in which the much loved comedy TV show has been performed as a live theatre show, promising to be an emotional send off.
Marvel Universe Live October 24-27 The SSE Hydro Marvel fans assemble for this live, action-packed, battle to defend the universe from evil. The all new Marvel Universe Live show unites some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes against some of the most threatening villains. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure.
GlasGLOW 2 October 25 – 31 Botanic Gardens GlasGLOW is returning to the Botanic Gardens this winter, promising to be bigger, better and "glowier" than their hugely successful first outing in 2018. GlasGLOW 2 will be an immersive light and sound experience, served up with live entertainment and marshmallows for toasting.