06 Nov Glasgow is a festival city in more ways than one
Glasgow the festival city is not the first thing that comes to mind.
The city has great nightlife, wonderful history, exciting restaurants – there are plenty of reasons to visit Glasgow.
But another reason is the year-round program of events and festivals which the city organises.
Not for nothing was the city was named Europe’s Leading Festival and Event Destination 2019 at the World Travel Awards.
Should you need any further excuse to visit. Here are some of the more exciting events taking place over the next couple of months.
The Glasgow Loves Christmas festive celebrations. Begins in earnest with the Christmas lights switch on at George Square at 6pm on Sunday 16th November.
And if you can’t wait that long. Then the St Enoch Christmas Market will be up and running from Saturday November 9.
A couple of weeks later, the George Square Christmas Market will open on Sunday 24th November. The Style Mile Christmas Carnival (pictured) takes place on the same day.
If you need to shed a few pounds before the festive food onslaught. You could enrol for Glasgow’s Santa Dash on Sunday 8 December.
And let’s not forget Hogmanay.
Brightening up the early part of the year since 1994. Celtic Connections is Glasgow’s world-leading music festival.
Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and, importantly, its connections to cultures across the world. Normally having around 2,100 musicians from around the world descending on Glasgow. Bringing the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events. IN 2021 the Festival went online and people watched from the comfort of their own home.
Dates for next year have been annonced for 20th Jan to 6th Feb 2022
Programmed by Donald Shaw, Artistic Director and also a founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, Celtic Connections features more than 300 events across multiple genres of music. The festival is renowned for its strong spirit of collaboration, bringing together one-off line-ups for very special one night only collaborative shows.
The Glasgow Comedy festival is normally in March but is set to run in July 2021.
Started in 2002 it is now billed as the largest of its type in Europe. With acts from all over the world performing during the festival.
I hope you agree that Glasgow festival city is a fair assessment and you will come take at least one of them in?
And, of course, if you fancy an Eat Walk Glasgow tour in the afternoon before your gig then you can book in here.
We’ll take a peek at Glasgow’s other festivals in the new year.