It’s 19th February 2020 at the time of writing and with March fast approaching, as well as hopefully some better weather, I thought I’d put together a wee list of events coming up in the following month that you can attend depending on where you are in Scotland.
Glasgow Film Festival
26th Feb – 8th March
From mainstream crowd pleasers to art house experimentation, Glasgow Film Festival is one of the bigger events that takes place in the city every year. It’s also one of the UK’s top film festivals. Venues are all over the city including The Lighthouse, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Cineworld Renfrew Street.
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
12th – 29th March
My favourite festival in Glasgow is Glasgow International Comedy Festival! If you’re here around then, you’ve got to check out at least a few gigs happening around the city at that time. Glasgow is a land of banter and funny men and women. Just look at some of the comedians to come out of the city including Billy Connolly, Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges amongst others! You’ll also find a lot of international comedy acts on here too. For example, Trevor Noah is playing this year and Steve Martin has a show going. Venues will be all over Glasgow, but you can’t go wrong with The Stand Comedy Club if you’re stuck – although I advise to book early and arrive early if you want a ticket and a seat!
Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival
12th – 29th March
Covering everything from fiction to politics, memoirs and crime & thriller, if you like your books you’ll love Glasgow’s Book Festival, Aye Write! Authors doing talks and discussions this year include Maggie O’ Farrell, Val McDermid and Joanna Trollope. There is also the Wee Write festival for children which is definitely worth checking out if you’re travelling with kids where there will be an array of children’s authors, illustrators and more!
Glasgow Vegan Festival
28th March – Hampden Park
With over 80 stalls, if you’re something of a foodie then these is good event to go to. Personally, I’m not vegan but you’d be amazed at how amazing some vegan food is – which is why I’ve recommended this festival. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to taste food and watch cooking demonstrations. Entry is £4 pp for an adult and under 16s get in free.
Inverness Music Festival
27th Feb – 4th March
An annual music festival in Inverness, the festival is a great place to meet locals and is run by volunteers. There’s everything from an Open Strings night, to an Orchestral Night to a Vocal Showcase and plenty of competitions for musicians too! If you’re up that way in Scotland it’s definitely worth a wee visit.
Fife Whiskey Festival
6th – 9th March – The Corn Exchange, Cupar
If whiskey’s your drink of choice and you’re in or near Fife in March, I definitely recommend a wee jaunt to the Fife Whiskey Festival! With over 30 distilleries and independent bottlers from all over Scotland, this is your chance to taste some real local produce as well as meet some local Fifers as we like to call them! General admission is around £35 pp.
Montrose Gin Festival
14th March – Montrose Town Hall
If gin’s more your fancy – as opposed to whiskey – Montrose Gin Festival is taking place on 14th March organised by Scottish Gin Festivals. Montrose, in case you don’t know, is around half-way between Dundee and Aberdeen. Again, this is another great opportunity to meet some locals whilst at the same time indulging in some lovely gin! Tickets are £15 pp.
The Scottish Motorcycle Show
7th – 8th March – Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh
For any motorcycle enthusiasts or those just looking to check out something a little bit different in Edinburgh, the Scottish Motorcycle Show is a chance to go look at some cool motorbikes from classic models right up to the more recent. Tickets cost £15 pp. Under 12s go free.
Dumfries Jazz Weekend
20th – 22nd March – Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, 132 – 136 English Street.
Personally, jazz is not my thing, but I know it is for a lot of people – so I’ve included it on here. Dumfries Jazz Weekend will be playing host to such artists as Savannah Jazz, Dixieland Rhythm Kings and Havana Swing. Tickets start at £60 pp. Again, I hate to sound like a broken record but it’s another great opportunity to meet some locals on your travels!
The Scottish Golf Show
27th – 29th March – SEC Glasgow
If you’re looking for something a bit more sporty and you’re into your golf then why not head to The Scottish Golf Show in Glasgow in March. There’s everything from a bunker challenge to a short-game area and show theatre. You can play on most courts at this for free although some start at £10 pp.
March Into Pitlochry
27th – 29th March – Pitlochry Town Hall & McKays Bar
A festival all about showing contemporary original music with many local acts, March Into Pitlochry is one for the music lovers. The acoustic set at McKays Bar is definitely one for more chilled-out vibe too. Weekend tickets are around £60 pp.
– Hopefully this article has given you some ideas if you’re travelling in Scotland in March. If you found this info helpful in terms of ideas, please also let me know in the comments or on social media and I’ll be sure to make it a regular occurrence to let you know what’s on event wise in Scotland that’s worth going to!