2019 has arrived and now is the time to start thinking about a visit to Scotland’s largest city. The new year’s list of upcoming activities is already looking quite spectacular. To make planning your trip a little easier, we’ve pulled together a list of the best Glasgow events for 2019 …
1. Burns Night Celebrations (25th January)
Burns Night is one of the biggest events in the January Glasgow calendar, with get-togethers happening all over the city. The day is in place to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, and is usually accompanied by the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties. This ‘Burns Supper’ is paired with a night of poetry, songs and whisky. To avoid missing out on some of the key celebrations, make sure you book your favourite restaurants and venues in advance.
2. Glasgow Film Festival (20th February – 3rd March)
One of the UK’s leading film festivals, the Glasgow Film Festival aims to enable audiences to experience the best international cinema. The schedule features everything from new local and international film, to mainstream crowd-pleasers. Well-loved classics and cinema experimentation are encouraged, alongside workshops, discussion panels and guest appearances.
3. European Athletics Indoor Championships (1st-3rd March)
The Emirates Arena is the hosting venue for the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships. The three-day event is one of the biggest on the athletics calendar, with over 600 athletes competing from over 45 countries.
4. Glasgow International Comedy Festival (14th-31st March)
Alongside the best of Scotland’s home-grown talent, the UK’s top comedy stars will descend on Glasgow for a fortnight of belly-laughs and heckler put-downs. Now in its 17th successful year, the event is currently Europe’s largest comedy festival.
5. Take That at the SECC (18th-20th April)
Boyband fans all over Scotland rejoice as Take That return to the SECC stage, this time, as a three-piece act. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald pick up where the boys last left off to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary milestone. This stadium and arena tour will include favourites from the lad’s greatest hits, alongside a taste of what’s still to come.
6. Eat & Drink Festival Scotland – (Glasgow 24th-27th May)
The SEC is hosting a festival designed to send you home packed full of foodie inspiration, ideas and experiences. Taking a look at trends in street food, dining and mixology, the Eat and Drink Festival will be providing the best tips for new dishes, paired with celeb chefs and expert advice. Visitors can also shop fresh ingredients and sample the best in new wines, spirits and beers.
7. Gung-Ho fun run (25th May)
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or newbie runner, this 5k fun run with 10 giant inflatables has something for everyone. Every obstacle at this Strathclyde Country Park event is designed to entertain, but you don’t need to worry about getting smacked in the face with paint, water or mud! Their website even contains a free training programme to get you race ready.
8. Glasgow West End Festival (30th May – 30th June)
For the month of June, Glasgow’s largest cultural event takes over the city’s popular West End, bringing an abundance of performances and activities. Both local and international artists come together to deliver exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops and much more, and includes more than 100 Glasgow-based organisations. With a lot of the events being free, there’s something here for all budgets.
9. Glasgow Pride 2019 (14th-15th July)
Glasgow Pride 2019 will be back with headliner Melanie C, allowing thousands to come together to celebrate LGBT equality. The Kelvingrove Park event is the largest of it’s kind in Scotland and fully embraces people from all walks of life.
10. Glasgow Whisky Festival (10th November)
Scotland has always been famed for its whisky and what better place to celebrate this than the Glasgow Whisky Festival. Despite a focus on Glasgow’s closest distilleries, the festival will also celebrate whisky from all over Scotland. In addition, established distilleries from the rest of the world will take a turn to offer samples and information to visitors. For those curious to learn more, the Glasgow’s Whisky Club members will be on hand to answer questions at Hampden Park on the day.