1 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert
Edinburgh's Fireworks Concert marks the traditional climax of the International Festival. This year's display features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a programme that includes Mussorgsky's Pictures of an Exhibition. Naturally, the best place to watch is in the Ross Band Stand under the Castle.
Tickets are now sold out, but entry to Princes Street Gardens is still available for £12.50-£17.50. Viewers from the north of the city will be pleased to note that the boating lake-sized puddle in Inverleith Park has drained after last year's washout summer, so the usual family viewing facilities and big screen coverage are back. Open from 7pm, entry is free.
2 Pedal For Scotland Family Race
Glasgow City Centre, Sunday
A family-focused warm up for the annual Pedal For Scotland Edinburgh-Glasgow cycle the following weekend. A traffic-free four-mile route loops from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the east end of the city to Glasgow Green and back, and there's also a cycle stunt display from the remarkable Danny MacAskill. Entry cost £5 for children and £8 for adults, with family tickets available for £19.
3 Modern Masters in Print
MacManus Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, until November 17
Its launch last week was slightly overshadowed by the final weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe, but this exhibition of prints by four of 20th century art's biggest names is as distinguished as anything on in the galleries of the capital this autumn.
One of a series of high-profile shows lined up in anticipation of Dundee's striking new V&A Museum, due to open in 2016, Modern Masters in Print features more than 50 works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Andy Warhol. Entry is free.
4 No Mean City Festival
Glasgow, from Saturday
Back to normality for Scotland's live music scene after the summer with the start of this month-long celebration of Glasgow's longstanding affinity for American roots music. Featuring 20 shows in five Glasgow venues, the programme includes appearances from Be Good Tanyas, Eels and Laetitia Sadier.
Closing the series with a sprinkling of old-school stardust is occasional actor and full-time country music legend Kris Kristofferson, who plays the relatively intimate O2 ABC on September 28. Kicking everything off on Saturday is For the Sake of the Song, a mini-festival centered on a tribute to classic US hit factory The Brill Building with BMX Bandits mainman Duglas T Stewart. nomeancity2013.tumblr.com
5 Edinburgh Mela
Leith Links, Saturday and Sunday
Two days of festivities rooted in the culture, music, and dance of southern Asia. As well as additional performers from Cuba, West Africa, Brazil, Spain, Kenya, and China, there's a global food village, a Mela marketplace, and a Mela Kidzone for children. The presence of 90s ambient dance oddballs The Orb as Sunday headliners - performing a reprise of their Glastonbury collaboration with Ghanian drum troupe Kakatsitsi - is an unexpected bonus, while the £4 charge (kids free) is terrific value.
6 National Museum of Rural Life Country Fair
East Kilbride, Sunday
Escape to the country on Sunday with this traditional fair at the Museum of Rural Life's working 1950s-style farm on the outskirts of East Kilbride. Experience sheepdog trials, sheaf-tossing, and welly-throwing - then watch axe throwing, musket firing and falconry. Get up close with a variety of cuddly creatures in the animal marquee - including Shetland ponies, ducks, rabbits and a llama. There are also traditional crafts and displays of country skills. Entry is £4-£7.50.
7 Cowal Highland Gathering
Dunoon, Today to Saturday
Dunoon's Cowal Highland Gathering is often referred to as the biggest Highland games in the world. Established in 1894 and held annually over the last weekend of August, the event attracts more than 20,000 spectators and 3500 competitors.
The programme includes a tried-and-trusted mix of pipe bands, traditional wrestling, heavy athletics, ceilidh music, children's entertainment and local food - plus the World Highland Dancing Championships and climactic salute to the Chieftain, featuring 3000 massed pipers and drummers. Depending on the day, entry costs £5-£13 for adults and up to £2 for children, with additional charges for seating.
8 Leuchie on the Lawn
Leuchie House, North Berwick, Sunday
Built in the 18th century, East Lothian's Leuchie House is now a respite care centre for people with long-term physical conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease.
As part of a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign, the centre is opening its grounds on Sunday for an afternoon of food, drink and classical music. Among those performing are tenor Martin Aelred, string ensemble The Rose Street Quartet and harpist Yolli Fisher.
The forecast is for dry but noticeably cooler weather than of late, so pack a jumper along with the picnic. Tickets are £10-£20, booking on 01620 892864 or online.
9 Miles For Macmillan
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Sunday
Holyrood Park in Edinburgh provides the arresting backdrop for this event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. One of the last big charity sponsored walks of the summer, registration costs £10.
Choose from a three or an eight mile route around Arthur's Seat, taking in Duddingston, Dunsapie and St Margaret's Lochs, and looping round the charmingly historical Duddingston Village. Dogs are not allowed, but the event is child friendly, and both routes are suitable for pushchairs.
10 Largs Viking Festival
Largs Promenade, from Saturday
This year marks the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Largs, the last Viking invasion in the UK. The Ayrshire town is celebrating with a week of events, opening on Saturday with a parade and a host of activities featuring Viking re-enactment groups.
Throughout the week, two living history villages present life as it might have been for Vikings and medieval Scots, while daily craft and food markets offer a range of local and international produce. Next Saturday's Party at the Pencil features a re-enactment of the 1263 battle, a longship burning and a huge fireworks display.