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Merchant City Festival

The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish a​nd 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. ​This nine day event is now the centrepiece of the city's summer calendar.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Merchant City Festival is back as part of Glasgow 2018 European Championships 2-12 August.

Glasgow Mela

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Glasgow Mela is the highest profile annual multicultural music and dance festival in the West of Scotland. It is now organised by the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts and takes place in Kelvingrove Park in early summer. The Mela was set up in 1990 when Glasgow was European City of Culture and has grown from being an indoor event at Tramway to an outdoor extravaganza.

Date for Glasgow Mela 2018 will be announced soon.

Glasgow Fireworks

A Spectacular Free Event for all the Family

Glasgow's biggest and best free fireworks display returns to Glasgow Green on 5th of November.

From 5pm you can access the site at Glasgow Green and enjoy food and drink stalls and the funfair before the big explosive finale!

Catering & funfair 5pm - 9pm

Fireworks display 7.30pm​

The World Pipe Band Championships

The biggest event in any piping fan's calendar is certainly the annual World Pipe Band Championships, affectionately known as 'The Worlds'. The event, delivered by Glasgow Life in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, has had a long association with Glasgow, and for many years has been bringing top flight international piping competition and a wonderfully entertaining event to the city.

The first ever World Pipe Band Championships were held at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in 1947. The event was first held in Glasgow in 1948 and has been staged in the city continuously since 1986.

The World Pipe Band Championships returns to Glasgow Green on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August 201​8.

The winners of 2017 were Inveraray and District Pipe Band. In 2017, 219 bands competed over the 2 days with over 35,000 people in attendance over the 2 days of competition and thousands more following the actions via live web streaming. ​

Great Scottish Run

The Great Scottish Run is a series of mass-participation road running events, held annually in the streets of Glasgow in October. The event began as a full marathon in 1979, but later changed to a weekend of shorter events. The weekend now includes short events for children, a 10K road race, and a half marathon. The 2013 event, which was sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, featured over 30,000 competitors. It is the largest mass-participation sporting event in Scotland.

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