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Scotland’s Arts Festivals

I’ve been trying to keep track of what is going on when in the Scottish arts scene, and in the process I created a month-by-month list of all the festivals I know of that are taking place around Scotland. This list is not exhaustive, and I’ve only included ones that most people would be interested in/would have heard of. Hope this helps when planning what to see and when!

The festivals in blue are the ones I have taken part in or been involved with in some way.



Celtic Connections (19th Jan- 5th Feb, Glasgow)

Fife Festival of Music (30th Jan-12th Feb)


Fife Jazz Festival (3-5th Feb)

Lentfest (21st Feb-15th April, run by Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project)


StAnza (14-18th March, St Andrews)

Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Festival (Perthshire, 16-18th March)

Edinburgh International Harp Festival (30th March-4th April)


Eye o’ the Dug (14th-15th April, St Andrews)

On the Rocks (16-22nd April, St Andrews)

Beltane Fire Festival (Calton Hill, Edinburgh, 30th April)


Shetland Folk Festival (3-6th May)

Fifesing (11-13th May, Fife Animal Park)

Perth Festival of the Arts (17-27th May)


Horsecross Youth Arts Festival (6-30th June)

Culross Music and Arts Festival (1-3rd June)

St Magnus International Festival (22-27 June)

The Cottier Chamber music project (1-22nd June, part of Glasgow’s West End Festival)

East Neuk Festival (27th June-1st July)


Mendelssohn on Mull (2-7 July)

Crail Festival (18-28th July)

Music at Paxton (13-22nd July, Borders)

World Saxophone Congress (10-15th July, St Andrews)


Pittenweem Arts Festival (28th July-5 Aug)

Edinburgh International Festival (9th Aug-2nd Sept)

Edinburgh Fringe Festival (3-27th Aug)

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (1-11th Aug)

Auchtermuchty Festival (10-12 Aug)


Lammermuir Festival (14th-23rd Sept)

St Monan’s Community Arts Festival (14-16th Sept)


Blazin’ in Beauly (15-19th Oct)

St Andrews Voices (18-21st Oct) NEW

Sound (Aberdeen, 26th Oct- 18th Nov)


St Andrews Festival (30th Nov-2nd Dec)

Fiddle 2012 (16th-18th Nov, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh)


Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (30th Dec- 2nd Jan)