Events in Glasgow
Glasgow's reputation as 'The Friendly City' is reflected in a wide range of arts festivals covering all of the art forms, and in an extensive programme of cultural and sporting events. The arts festival programme runs throughout the year starting with Celtic Connections' in January which is attended by over 100,000 people. Other music festivals include Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Big World Music Festival and Triptych. Some other major international festivals include Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art and the New Territories Dance Festival.
Summer events include the West End Festival, Shakespeare in the Botanic Gardens, the World Pipe Band Championships and the Great Scottish Run.
Since its beginnings in 1993, this festival has become a premier showcase for
music and culture, featuring artists from the Celtic heartlands of Canada, USA,
France and Spain - as well as Scotland. In 2006, Celtic Connections takes place
between 11th and 29th January.
West End Festival
Having started off as a small local festival centred around Byres Road, this
has now grown over the past 9 years to become the biggest cultural event in
Glasgow's calendar. The very popular street party is in June and features
stages, stalls, buskers and food.
World Pipe Band Championships
This event has been held in Glasgow since 1986 and regularly attracts over 8,000
musicians from all over the world.
Great Scottish Run
Each year Glasgow plays host to one of the largest road races in the UK -
participants can choose between the half marathon or 10k. The race will take
runners past some of the city's most famous attractions and will again feature
the hugely popular run over the Kingston Bridge, before finishing in Glasgow
Green. Run Glasgow Web site has information about where the race takes place
and how to enter.
Doors Open Day
A unique chance for the public to visit some of Glasgow's most interesting
buildings over one weekend in September. Organised by Glasgow Building
Merchant City Festival
The Merchant City Festival presents a programme of film, theatre, comedy,
visual arts, street theatre, live music, food and fashion - all taking place
amidst the architectural elegance of the Merchant City.
Glasgow on Ice
Skate or spectate at the outdoor ice rink in George Square from late November
until Christmas Eve.
The world's friendliest Hogmanay party takes place in George Square and
features top bands, DJs and fireworks.