3 Glasgow Festivals to Get Excited About in 2018

Glasgow Festivals

One of the things that makes Glasgow such a vibrant and exciting city is its range of festivals and cultural events each year. From celebrating all things vintage, to honouring the humble cheese toastie, Glasgow festivals are an eclectic force to be reckoned with – if you can name it, we probably have a weekend dedicated to it!

Dates for this year’s programmes have been announced and, as well as events I’ve previously mentioned here like Merchant City Festival, there are quite a few others that I’ve been scribbling in my diary. In case you’re planning a visit to the city this year, or just fancy a nosey at what’s on, I thought I’d share a few favourites today!

Here are 3 Glasgow festivals to get excited about in 2018…

Glasgow Film Festival (21st February to 4th March): There are SO MANY reasons why this year’s edition of Glasgow Film Festival is set to be awesome. Firstly, they’re kicking things off with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs. There’s also a special screening of Clueless (OMG *I* love Josh!!) at SWG3, a night of Big Lebowski-themed bowling and let’s not forget every horror junkie’s favourite weekender: Frightfest. For even more listings and all tickets head over here!

Southside Fringe (11th to 27th May): To me, the most impressive thing about Southside Fringe is the fact that it is a community organised arts and music event. There are no giant corporations or public bodies running this rodeo, it’s volunteers that genuinely want to raise the profile of a fantastic area and the talent within it – and you gotta admit, that’s pretty amazing! I hear this year’s Fringe is going to be made up of over 200 events in 50 venues, so keep an eye on their website and all will be revealed…

Glasgow Coffee Festival (19th & 20th May): I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Glasgow loves coffee! This two-day caffeinated extravaganza is usually a sell-out and is run by the city’s own Dear Green Coffee Roasters. Expect the very best of Glasgow’s coffee culture in the form of masterclasses, presentations, competitions, tastings and much more. If speciality coffee is your bag, this one is DEFINITELY for you – but you better be quick to snap up a ticket!

Will you be heading along to any of the Glasgow Festivals this year? Do you love Josh? And if you could put on your own festival, what would the theme be?

The Events Round-up: Glasgow Festivals 2016

Glasgow Festivals

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,