1. The Spree
Various venues, Paisley, tomorrow until October 24

Paisley’s National Festival and one of the biggest events in Scotland’s cultural calendar is back for its sixth consecutive year with some of the biggest names in Scottish music, comedy and entertainment, including a sold-out homecoming show from Paolo Nutini. 


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This year’s Spree opens with a celebration of twin festival the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, one of India’s most prestigious events, in a musical collaboration which will weave together the two cultures Other acts include Dougie McLean, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, the Pictish Trail and Emma Pollock.

The 12-day extravaganza will see dozens of events take place throughout the town and tickets are available via thespree.co.uk.


2. Shipyard
Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, from tomorrow

A remarkable insight into the vibrancy and renewed optimism at shipyards on the Clyde and Forth - created by renowned Scottish artist Lachlan Goudie - this the first showing of the exhibition. Drawing on hundreds of images Goudie created at Scotstoun, Govan and Rosyth between 2009 and 2016, Shipyard captures the energy as thousands of workers crafted the next generation of Britain’s navy with the world-leading Type 45 Destroyers and monolithic Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. Visitors can also see the museum’s growing, national art collection. Exhibition runs until February 2018.

Entry is included in admission which is £7.50. Concessions are available and children go free.


3. Cannibals: Flesh Meat
Edinburgh Dungeon, until October 31

Meet the cannibal clan of Sawney Bean at “the home of Halloween” in the capital this month where Bean and his blood-hungry children live in the caverns of Galloway. Visitors will be recruited into the King’s Men on the hunt for this insidious clan. But you’re on your own, so only enter the cave if you dare and don’t be scared because the smell of fear will only spur the group, giving them an even more ferocious appetite. 

Head to thedungeons.com/edinburgh for more information and prices.

4. Oxjam Glasgow Festival
Various venues, Glasgow, Saturday

The multi-venue, multi-genre event in the city centre will be showcasing some of the best talent in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Lineup includes The Ronains, OCEVNS, Lional, Busker Rhymes, The Well Happy Band, Beltur, Rachelle Rhienne, The Belafonte and Lisa Kowalski. Part of Oxjam - the UK’s largest grassroots music festival made up of hundreds of volunteer-led music events all across the UK - the initiative aims to celebrate local music while raising vital funds for Oxfam, helping them to change the lives of those living in poverty across the globe.

Tickets are £13.20, with booking fee. Buy at wegottickets.com.

5. Liz Pichon
SEC, Glasgow, Saturday

The children’s writer has hit the road with her best-selling Tom Gates book series for the Brilliant Bands & Doodle Live Show tour, described as a “hugely fun-packed and interactive monster drawing event,” complete with live music. All fans have to do is grab a pencil and paper, learn to doodle just like Tom and hear DUDE3, Tom’s favourite band in the whole wide world play some excellent tunes. With stories and music galore - and a chance to meet Liz and the band after the show - what more could you want for the kids this weekend?

Tickets are £17.75, with booking fee. Book via myticket.seetickets.com. The show then moves onto Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre on Sunday.

6. Pop-up Glasgow Oktoberfest
375 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, tomorrow and Saturday

Experience one of the world’s biggest festivals right in the centre of Scotland’s largest city. Offering a wide range of German beers in steins, oompah bands, pretzels and bratwurst, all in a Bavarian-style beer hall, the pop-up event has been inspired by a deep love of the traditional Bavarian festival and great beer. So head along to the event before it finishes for another year and enjoy authentic German cuisine, bier and live entertainment while revelling in Oktoberfest’s unparalleled atmosphere.

Ticket prices start from £7.50, plus booking fee, and can be booked via tickets-scotland.com/okto.

7. Age of Oil 
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, until November 5

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival, the public is being given the chance to explore the people and places of Scotland’s offshore energy industry in a contemporary art exhibition which will showcase the work of visual artist Sue Jane Taylor who has worked in some of the most remote and challenging environments in Scotland. The multi-media exhibition brings a unique perspective to the relationship between art, environment and industry while revealing a relatively alien way of life on board a North Sea oil platform.

Exhibition is free to attend.

8. DanceLive
Various venues, Aberdeen, today until October 28

Showcasing the cultural exchanges and debates taking place in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland, the DanceLive Festival organisers guarantee to keep “punching above their weight” to deliver an amazing collection of performances, talks, workshops and exhibitions in what is the UK’s most northerly international dance festival and one that is already growing and adapting to the shifting cultural landscape around it. An event filled with movement and ideas, centred around place and discovery, there is something to suit all ages.

Shows are individually priced, although many are available for free. Head to dancelivefestival.co.uk to see the full programme of events and to book performances.


9. Emeli Sandé
AECC, Aberdeen, Saturday

The chart-topping soul singer lands in her home city as she tours her second album Long Live the Angels. Sandé first started to make her mark on the music scene as a songwriter in the country’s urban scene. She then quickly became in demand by big-name artists including Alicia Keys and Rihanna. Her 2012 debut album Our Version of Events was the biggest selling of 2012. This latest show brings some of her biggest hits, including “Heaven,” “Next to Me” and “Hurts.”

Tickets are £50.85, with service fee. Book via emelisande.com. Sandé then performs at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Sunday.

10. Falkirk Grows Food
Falkirk Trinity Church, Saturday

This event is aimed at those who are interested in growing food. In the morning, organisers will be hearing from community food and growing initiatives and exploring ideas for more food projects. There will be a local and seasonal lunch provided and, in the afternoon, there will be some fantastic workshops, including foraging, a grow-your-own session, making your own upcycled planters, children’s and adult’s mud pie corner and much more.

The day is free to attend. Search the event on eventbrite.co.uk to RSVP.


Edinburgh World Justice Festival
Edinburgh City Centre, until Monday

For anyone interested in justice in the world, EWJF brings together a wide range of organisations and individuals with a shared set of values, giving the public an opportunity to explore what they - as individuals and as a community - can do to work for positive change. Neil Davidson - author, activist and Glasgow University lecturer - speaks today.

See the full programme at ewjf.org.uk.