In a previous article we discussed the top Glasgow events you can expect this year. It’s not all about the European Championships and TRNSMT though as there are plenty of independent festivals for you to explore. Whether you’re a foodie, a film buff or just looking for something a little different – here’s your guide to the festivals happening in Glasgow this year.
Glasgow Short Film Festival: 14 - 18 March
Championing emerging Scottish filmmakers and new talent, the Glasgow Short Film Festival ‘celebrates diverse forms of cinematic expression, and foregrounds disruptive, ground-breaking work that transgresses the boundaries of conventional narrative film.’ Described by one visitor as “cool as hell and super cute”, you can expect a family programme that includes new animation from around the world, as well as Breakfast with the Filmmakers, Scottish Independent Shorts and restored works of “forgotten films”.
Venues include CCA, Glasgow Film Theatre, Civic House and Kelvin Hall. Chat with our team to plan your best route from the Hostel.
© Jassy Earl
Blythswood Square Gin Festival: 25 March
Just a 12 minute walk from Euro Hostel Glasgow, Blythswood Square Hotel is hosting its very own Gin Festival this Spring.
Try new gins from a range of top distillers including Hendricks, Caorunn, Stirling Gin, Whitley Neill and The Botanist. Tickets include x3 drinks tokens and x1 masterclass token per person, canapés, gin inspired sweet treats and even a wee goody bag to take home. Who doesn’t love a goody bag?! There’ll be cocktail demonstrations on the day and a masterclass with Blythswood Square Head Bartender, Conor Jones.
The event will run from 1200 til 1700 on Sunday 25 March.
Glasgow Coffee Festival 2018: 19 & 20 May
Glasgow’s former fish market, Briggait Hall has retained its Victorian features, making it a beautiful, heritage asset; and a gorgeous, airy space for fairs, pop-ups, exhibitions and events including sessions ran by Glasgow’s circus school! This May however, you’ll be well and truly able to satisfy your caffeine fix, at the Glasgow Coffee Festival 2018. This popular two-day event showcases Scotland’s speciality coffee culture. There’ll be caffeinated masterclasses and workshops ran by the best indie coffee baristas and roasters, where you can learn latte art and upgrade your home brewing set-up. What’s more, there’ll be art, film and photography, all of a caffeinated nature!
The line-up for the event includes 40 exhibitors, 24 presentations and 2 barista competitions. The venue is only a 7 minute walk from Euro Hostel Glasgow, perhaps not quite long enough to walk off the buzz! All previous festivals have sold out, so don’t hesitate to buy your tickets and book your accommodation today.
Riverside Festival: 26 - 27 May
‘Electrical music for electrical people’, Riverside Festival 2018 will be held on Bank Holiday Weekend. The line-up features some of the best DJs from around the world, include Dixon, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin and Leftfield.
Jump on any of the frequent subways or ScotRail trains for just a 20 minute ride to and from the festival if you’re staying with us.
Festival of Wine: 02 June
Promising to be a festival that takes wine seriously but is never, ever stuffy, The Festival of Wine is coming to Glasgow on 02 June 2018. Whether you’re an expert or just a weekend connoisseur, this festival is for everyone. Wine Tasting admission tickets include all tasting samples, while there are separate tickets for masterclass sessions covering the wines of Champagne Deutz (think Pinot Noir), Croatian wines and cool-climate Chardonnay.
Fear not, this boozy affair is only a 10 minute walk from Euro Hostel Glasgow. Held at Trades Hall, a popular wedding venue, you can expect a stunning, architectural backdrop. To top off this classy event, meander to Sloans on Argyle Street, Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant. This multi-purpose venue includes a lounge bar, cocktail bar, outdoor courtyard and stunning Grand Ballroom, complete with marble fireplace and stained-glass windows.
Grab some food at the sumptuously stylish, Mediterranean-themed bar and club, Arta, just 0.3 miles from Trades Hall.
Kelburn Garden Party: 29 June – 02 July
The Kelburn Garden party describes itself as ‘a unique, independent, magical music and arts festival’. Based in the grounds around Kelburn Castle, this is no ordinary festival. The dales will be turned into a fairytale land with sensory workshops, waterfall plunge palls, interactive art installations and surreal happenings. Unlike most, Kelburn makes the most of its surroundings, meaning that you can forage around the many nooks and crannies, feasting on a variety of festival offerings. The Neverending Glen is a woodland treat, 800 feet above the castle, giving way to waterfalls and gorges. Here you will find pop-up parties, performance spaces and enchanting multimedia on your trail.
© Kelburn Garden Party
From vegan and vegetarian options, to wood-fired pizzas, BBQ, Caribbean, Mexican and German – pick from a wide range of locally sourced foodie offerings. Scottish breweries (including Kelburn Brewery) will be on tap, as well as cocktail bars, tea tents and proper artisan coffee.
This will be a firm family hit this summer, with the Secret Forest Project – a living theatre installation – guaranteed to have children feeling part of their very own fairytale. Just 50 minutes from central Glasgow, tickets can be bought separately for Psychedelic Forest 1 night events, or for the full four day Kelburn Garden Party.
Merchant City Festival: 02 - 12 August
Don’t forget that, as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, the Merchant City Festival will be presenting a whopping nine day event, showcasing the area with a programme of street arts, music, theatre, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion and family activities.
There’ll be an array of street food, outdoor performances, circus acts, markets and a carnival procession. You can access all of the festival’s activities by heading via Argyle Street (one of the main shopping streets in the city-centre) from Euro Hostel Glasgow.
If you’re visiting Glasgow this year, you’ll be totally spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a festival to attend. On the other hand, staying with Euro Hostel Glasgow means you can save your pennies, so that you don’t have to have to choose between your favourites.
Cover Image: © Kelburn Garden Party