What's On in Glasgow in 2019

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!

Start the year on a high…

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.

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Glasgow Film FestivalFebruary 20 – March 3 Glasgow 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. 

Glasgow International Comedy Festival
March 14 – 31
Various venues
The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival is back for its 17th year! Top comedy stars from the UK and beyond, including, Reginald D Hunter, Larry Dean and Elaine C Smith, will be performing at Europe’s largest comedy festival.

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.

Mitchell Library

Get Your Cultural Kicks…

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.

The Burrell at Kelvingrove - Collecting Medieval Treasures
Now until May 27
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
One of the world’s foremost collectors of medieval art has selected treasures from Sir William Burrell’s renowned medieval collection to display for this exhibition, Collecting Medieval Treasures, whilst the Burrell Collection remains closed for refurbishment.

Commemorating 100 Years since WWI
Now until end of June 2019
Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery
To mark the end of the Centenary of WW1, Glasgow Museums have a programme of exhibitions, displays and events exploring the compelling history of the Great War.

Cécile B. Evans: AMOS' WORLD
January 7 - March 17 (Tuesdays – Sundays)
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.


St Mungo Festival
January 9 - 18
Various venues
The 9th annual festival celebrating Glasgow's Patron Saint Mungo, sees a range of events, including walks, lectures, building tours and food events, link people of today with Glasgow's medieval civic story and past. 

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.

Dippy in centre hall at Kelvingrove

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.

Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival
May 25 – 26
Riverside Museum
Scotland’s biggest electronic music festival will take place on the last bank holiday weekend in May on the banks of the River Clyde, bringing together the biggest and best electrical artists and DJs in this iconic location.

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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.

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Glasgow Jazz Festival
19 – 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.

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.

Summer festival fun for all the family…

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
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.

European Athletics

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.

Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run
September 28 and 29
George Square
This the biggest weekend of running in Scotland with runners of all abilities descending on the city centre. 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.

LEN European Short Course Swimming Championship
December 4 – 8
Tollcross International Swimming Centre

Watch as European Champions are crowned in this fast paced event, which takes place across five action packed days. Held every two years, the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships will see over 500 athletes from all over Europe compete in 40 short course (25 metres) swimming events.


Scottish Spectacular…

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.

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World Pipe Band Championships
16 – 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.

And There's More!

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.


Glasgow Loves Christmas
November – December
City Centre
Glasgow is the perfect place to visit during the festive season with stylish shopping, superb eating and drinking plus a jam-packed events programme. Shop for unique gifts and enjoy delicious treats, whilst being dazzled by the twinkling Christmas lights and the magnificent tree on George Square.

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