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Welcome to our tourism information guide on annual events for Scotland.

With many eyes focussed on London and the Olympic Games, Scotland offers a great alternative destination for those wanting to escape the madding crowd’s.

Well known for its Highland Games and Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland offers a range of festivals and activities, from music to sporting events, from theatre to comedy, there is sure to be something of interest.

There is a popular publication ‘The List Magazine’, published every fortnight and available from newsagents, detailing and promoting the wide range of arts, events and entertainment taking place in Scotland.

You can also often pick up an local ‘What’s On Events Guide’ from the tourist information offices.

Check out our current listing of events. If you want to include other English annual event, just send us an email with the details, including website (if applicable) and any images that you can provide permission for us to use here.

Scotland • Events

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
• 6th February culminating on the 2nd - 5th June 2012
Having come to the throne on 6th February, 1952, with the Coronation taking place on the 2nd June 1953, this year 2012 marks 60 years of the Queen’s reign. With the events culminating on the central weekend of the 2nd to 5th June, 2012, the Queen’s programme in her Diamond Jubilee year will be announced on the Official website of The British Monarchy.
Edinburgh Castle
• Events throughout the year
A must see highlight attraction in Edinburgh, the castle also hosts a lively programme of events throughout the year. One of the most popular events is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo held in August. Check the website for details on upcoming events.
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• Scotland January Events
Up Helly Aa
• takes place on the last Tuesday in January every year
Welcome to the official website for Up Helly Aa, Europe's largest Fire Festival. which takes place in Lerwick, Shetland. Up Helly Aa day involves a series of marches and visitations, culminating in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley. This is followed by hours of performing and dancing in halls throughout Lerwick.
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• Scotland March Events
Ceilidh Culture
• March to April
Ceilidh Culture is Edinburgh’s annual traditional arts festival, which takes place every Spring. It celebrates all aspects of the traditional arts from music and song to dance and storytelling, as well as interactive workshops and the odd exhibition. Ceilidh Culture is a great opportunity to get involved with the traditional arts, whether it be music, song, dance or storytelling – right here in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.

Ceilidh Culture brings together a large number of contributors from all over Edinburgh and beyond, for a real celebration of all that is wonderful about the grassroots traditional arts in Scotland. With more than 30 contributing organisations, Ceilidh Culture proudly showcases local talent alongside international acts.
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• Scotland April Events
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art
• April/May - Every two years... previously 2008, 2010, 2012...
Whilst visual art happens all year round in Glasgow, for two weeks every two years, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art puts on the UK’s boldest visual arts events, the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

The events bring together exhibitions by the best international and local artists, from Turner Prize winners to the latest exciting, emerging talent. Building on the successes of previous years, the works by more than 100 artists are on display across over 50 of Glasgow’s best permanent and temporary exhibition venues, showcasing the exciting contemporary art movement.
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• Scotland August Events
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
• August
Against the world famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this is an annual series of ‘Military Tattoos’ that are performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. This annual event takes place during August, and is part of the wider Edinburgh Festival (a collective name for many independent festivals and events held in Edinburgh in August).
Edinburgh International Festival
• August/September
Experience the unique atmosphere of Edinburgh in August during an unforgettable three weeks of the very best in international opera, music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world’s most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone. Edinburgh’s six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art from around the globe.
The FringeEdinburgh Festival Fringe
• August
The largest arts festival in the world takes place over three weeks in August in Scotland’s Capital City of Edinburgh. Every year thousands of performers from around the world take to a multitude of stages, all over the city, presenting shows to cater for all tastes. Whether it is big names to unknown artist, the festival covers all categories in entertainment including comedy, dance, music, musicals, operas, physical theatre, theatre, exhibitions and events.

Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, The Fringe is a showcase for the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy, although dance and music are also represented.

The Fringe is an ‘unjuried festival’ – with no selection committee, and therefore any type of performance may participate. The Fringe has often showcased experimental works that might not be invited to a more conservative arts festival. In addition to ticketed, programmed events, the Festival has included a street fair, located primarily on the Royal Mile. The Festival is organized by the Festival Fringe Society.
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