What’s on in Glasgow? Kids' events from the Science Festival to St Andrew's Day
Kids events in Glasgow veer from the wonderful to the wacky, with one of the largest science festivals in the UK to the much anticipated (at least in certain corners) World Pipe Band Championships! In fact, rather than asking what’s on in Glasgow, the question should be what isn’t? Music plays a big factor throughout the year and the city itself is always packed with crafts and curiosities.
With food, music and bags of community spirit, we’ve pulled together a list of what to do in Glasgow throughout the year. Mix and match or go to every single event, just remember to above all, have fun!
Family and kids’ events in Glasgow
- Glasgow Science Festival, June
The Glasgow Science Festival has become one of the city’s biggest events, with people from different ages and backgrounds flocking to the city to learn all about what makes the world go round. As one of the largest science events in the UK, they set up shop in crazy venues around the city and explore the themes of technology, engineering and basically everything under the STEM umbrella in accessible new ways. Kids can learn something new and totally amazing while the whole family soaks up the atmosphere.
- Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand, 30th July - 11th August
Movers and shakers looking for something to groove to in Glasgow need look no more: Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand has loads of special performers ready to rock the house down. Check the line-up for specific dates and times but there are more than a few big hitters scheduled in, like Fleet Foxes, The Fratellis and even The Pretenders. Indie kids from back in the day will love introducing their littluns to the greats while holding them high on their shoulders and squeezing in an ice cream or two.
- Glasgow Mela, June/ July
Glasgow Mela ticks more than a few boxes when it comes to Glasgow events: it’s the biggest of its kind in Scotland and is a certified multicultural extravaganza with the menu to prove it; there will be live bands and theatre performances, plus… it’s free! The best local acts will join talent from across the globe in an effort to thrill the thousands of people who turn up, so it would be a great opportunity to get your gang into intriguing new tunes. It’s also always a special moment when kids taste something new for the first time, so dig into every dish on offer.
- Merchant City Festival, August
Again the people of Glasgow are taking to the streets to celebrate the best of Scottish and international art across all sorts of platforms and genres at the Merchant City Festival. Film buffs in the making can explore independent cinema and visual arts, while theatre, comedy and dance will be bursting out of every street corner and square; all that and it’s tailored for families with lots of special kids’ events and activities. Held over nine days, it could well be the ultimate way to see what's happening in Glasgow.
- World Pipe Band Championships, 17th/ 18th August
We promised pipes so here you are: the World Pipe Band Championships are surely a must in any enthusiasts calendar, with pipes of every shape, size and pitch. You could watch experts in the field as they pip out a tune or take your kids to one of the many dedicated kids events. This includes an actual Kids Zone where puppet shows, face painting, magic, storytelling and more (phew!) are all up for grabs. And who knows? You might just discover that there’s been a pipe-shaped hole in your heart all along!
- St Andrew’s Day, November 30th
For anyone asking what’s on in Glasgow, this is surely the must-not-miss of the year! St Andrew’s Day is that classic celebration where the locals and visitors from all over remember the patron saint of Scotland with traditional music, tasty tuck and the main event: a torchlit parade through Glasgow’s West End. If you have any Scottish relatives or history, it would be a great way for kids to learn about their heritage. If not, just enjoy taking a deep dive into what we love about our Northern neighbours.
Other ideas of what to do in Glasgow
Any one of these Glasgow events would be a great way to get a flavour of the city, but there’s always plenty more to do on any given day of the week. As experts on the subject, we’re here to help with loads of attractions and kids events - head over to our page of things to do in Glasgow and filter until you find your favourite family activity, or jump straight to the top picks for days out below: