With this year’s West End Festival officially launching over the weekend, fiesta fever has finally hit Glasgow – a true sign that summer has arrived in the city! There are so many fun celebrations taking place over the next couple of months that it’s easy to lose track! From food and drink to fashion and beauty, music, culture and beyond, there’s really something for everyone this year.
Today I’m sharing a few of my top picks to see us all through Glasgow’s festival season – so grab your bunting and let’s dive in…
The Bygone Wonderland: Vintage at Merchant City Festival
Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage festivals and events are a vibrant celebration of British fashion, music, film, art and culture of the 20th century. Vintage Glasgow is held as part of the Merchant City Festival and is often one of my favourite events of the year! This year, Vintage Glasgow rolls back into town on 6th and 7th of August armed with dancing and shopping events guaranteed to be dripping with retro style.
The Classic Car Boot Sale will host over 100 authentic vehicles to drool over, with makers, up-cyclers and vintage curators selling fashion, accessories and homeware. You’ll find me combing the car park in my cutest tea dress looking for some mid-century goodies – see you down there…
The Classic One: West End Festival
Running from NOW until 26th June, the West End Festival is now in its 21st year, and is known for being Glasgow’s biggest festival of culture and community. How big exactly? Well, how does over 400 events across 80 venues sound?
80 venues is pretty impressive, but the spirit of this festival really comes alive when the sun comes out and the outdoor events take place. Even though the iconic Mardi Gras parade won’t be taking place this year, there are plenty of street parties and open air music events to make up for it! If you can, try to make it along to the Gibson Street Gala on 19th June and get your groove on at Kelvingrove Bandstand with De La Soul as part of the West End Festival Fiesta on 25th June. You can catch a full list of free and ticketed events over at the WEF2016 website.
The One to Watch: North Hop Festival
Taking over the space at SWG3 over the 18th June, North Hop is the newest festival to hit Glasgow, and it’s certainly worth getting to know! This event started off as a small Highland-based festival for beer lovers in 2014, and has gained SERIOUS momentum since then – and it’s easy to see why. You’ll now find North Hop touring all over Scotland with more than just craft beer (though there’s still plenty of that!), they now include mouth-watering foodie treats, live music, market stalls and more.
I’m looking forward to treating my tastebuds to some yummy street food at this one – time to prepare something stretchy to wear!
These are just a few of the Glasgow festivals that I’m looking forward to, but what about you? Will you be hitting any of these events this year? Tell me about the summer events that you’re excited about!
Here’s to sunshine and celebrations,