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The definitive guide to major events in Glasgow 2018

The definitive guide to major events in Glasgow 2018

This guide has come about because I was hunting down information for the big, major events in Glasgow this year and couldn't find one. There's so much happening this year that I thought I'd make a version of it here for the blog, in case you're looking for things to do or thinking of visiting Glasgow. 

(I didn't want a list of every single event in Glasgow – we've got The List, People Make Glasgow and What's on Glasgow for that. I just wanted the major ones!) 

This guide is just the big events which you'll want to make sure you have in your calendar. If I've missed any, please do let me know and I'll add them in.

January: Events in Glasgow

Celtic Connections

18 January - 4 February 2018
Venues across Glasgow
Celtic Connections is the largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of celtic music."
Where to eat nearby: Celtic Connections is spread across Glasgow so be warned these might not be handy for your gig. My city centre picks are Non Viet for delicious Vietnamese food, Chompsky at Broadcast who are currently doing Mexican food and The Butterfly & the Pig for quirky Scottish fare. 

February: Events in Glasgow

Glasgow Film Festival

21 February - 4 March 2018
Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow City Centre G3 6RB

"GFF programme regularly features: new local and international film from all genres; mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation; the return of well-loved classics alongside rare cult gems; with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels to complete the mix!"
Where to eat nearby: Banana Leaf is a short walk away from the GFT and does some seriously delicious Malaysian-Chinese food. Bloc+ is a great shout for fast, cheap and delicious food whereas Two Fat Ladies is perfect if you're after something fancy before your film.


March: Events in Glasgow

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

8-25 March 2018
Venues across Glasgow
Top comedy stars from around the UK and beyond will be coming just to entertain you, only to realise the Scottish money they’ve been paid in can only be spent in this country and that they can never go home again... They’ll be complemented by the very best of home-grown Scottish talent for a comedy extravaganza that makes us Europe’s largest comedy festival."
Where to eat nearby: If you're looking for somewhere to eat near The Stand, then Stravaigin has got to be it – they do delicious modern Scottish food. Euesbi Deli is great for Italian and Shish Mahal is around the corner for Indian.


Aye Write!

15-25 March 2018
Mitchell Library, Glasgow G3 7DN

"Aye Write! is Glasgow's annual book festival, bringing writers and speakers from across Britain and beyond to the heart of Scotland's largest city."
Where to eat nearby: Cubatas is great for delicious tapas, and McPhabbs is a trendy pub doing lush food. Mother India is a short walk away and worth it for some of Glasgow's best Indian food.


May: Events in Glasgow

Glasgow Coffee Festival*

19-20 May 2018
The Briggait, Glasgow G1 5HZ
Coffee / Food & Drink

"A celebration of the growing specialty coffee culture in Scotland with a TWO day event showcasing the passion for quality coffee in our Scottish coffee community! The festival will feature coffee exhibitors, cafes, roasters, baristas, masterclasses, workshops, presentations and demonstrations!"
Where to eat nearby: there's food and drink available at the event so save your appetite for once you're inside. 

* Disclaimer: as of February 2018, I'm now the marketing manager for Dear Green Coffee Roasters who run this event. However I've been every year since it launched and I'd highly recommend going even if I wasn't working on the event! 


June: Events in Glasgow

West End Festival

1-24 June 2018
Venues across the West End
The West End Festival is Glasgow’s largest cultural event and every June takes over this popular area of Glasgow with a wide variety of events and performances. Last year over 400 events took place in 80 venues."
Where to eat nearby: Some of my favourite spots in the West End are The Gannet in Finnieston, Kimchi Cult for fast Korean food and Ubiquitous Chip for relaxed yet delicious dining. 


29, 30 June, 1 July, 6 and 8 July 2018
Glasgow Green, G40 1BA

TRSNMT is a city centre music festival by the organisers of T in the Park. Line up this year includes: Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher, the Killers, Chvrches and Franz Ferdinand.
Where to eat nearby: Nearby to Glasgow Green you'll find a few great pubs doing delicious grub including Mono, The 13th Note and West Brewery.


July: Events in Glasgow

Summer Nights at the Bandstand

30 July - 11 August 2018
Kelvingrove Bandstand

The lineup for this annual event includes: Pretenders, Bryan Ferry, First Aid Kit, John Prine, OMD, James Grant, Imelda May, Fleet Foxes, Jimmy Cliff, Van Morrison, The Fratellis and Roddy Frame.
Where to eat nearby: The bandstand is close to Finnieston and Woodlands, so great eating options are just a short walk away. Try The Butchershop if you're into steak, Firebird for casual pizza or The Left Bank in Woodlands.


August: Events in Glasgow

Merchant City Festival

2-12 August 2018
Venues across Merchant City
The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish d international art and entertainment with a programme of street arts, music, theatre, food & drink, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion & design and children & families activities, while at the same time showcasing the unique cultural hub that is the Merchant City. his nine day event is now the centrepiece of the city’s summer calendar."
Where to eat nearby: Some of my Merchant City favourites are Spitfire, a delicious brunch/coffee shop, Wilson Street Pantry and Guy's Restaurant for great Scottish. 

European Championships 2018

2-12 August 2018
Venues across Glasgow

"A new era in world sport will get underway in the summer of 2018 as Glasgow and Berlin host the inaugural European Championships — an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports including the existing European Championships for Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon with a new Golf Team Championships."
Where to eat nearby: In the East End, Bilson 11 is getting rave reviews and Drygate is always a favourite of ours. 

Piping Live

13-19 August 2018
Venues across Glasgow

"Piping Live! is a week long celebration of piping culture from across the world which takes place in Glasgow City Centre."
Where to eat nearby: Venues for 2018 haven't been announced yet so I'll update my food recommendations when they are.


Browse the year in this handy calendar format: 

More events will be added as I discover them! Got one to suggest? Let me know

A mini update

A mini update

Review: Non Viet

Review: Non Viet