1 Dundee Flower and Food Festival
Camperdown Country Park, Friday to Sunday
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight gets under way this weekend with dozens of activities and events celebrating local produce and cookery around the country. One of the biggest is Dundee's three-day festival of gardening, food and entertainment, staged in the city's Camperdown Park from Friday. One of Scotland's top lifestyle events, the annual showcase attracts more than 20,000 visitors with its blend of first-rate food and gardening stalls, horticultural displays, children's activities, and celebrity guests such as The Great British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood. Entry costs £7-£10 from Dundee City Box Office on 01382 434940.
2 Angus Autumn Adventures
Saturday and Sunday
Visitors to Dundee for the Flower and Food Festival are also within striking distance of this weekend programme of outdoors activities taking full advantage of the miles of sandy beaches, acres of rugged forestry and heather-clad hillsides to the north of the city. The more adventurous can try coasteering, gorge walking, and quad biking, but there's also rock climbing, navigation, archery, and horse riding. Sunday's free Family Fun Day at Monikie Country Park, roughly 10 miles in either direction from Dundee and Arbroath, has face painting, a bouncy castle, circus skills, mini golf, and a petting zoo.
3 Blas Festival
Thoughout the Highlands, from tomorrow
Further north, this week-long annual celebration of Gaelic culture, language and tradition gets under way tomorrow. With a programme placing a big emphasis on live performance, weekend highlights include the first dates of National Theatre of Scotland's touring production A Little Bird Blown Off Course, which celebrates the life of Gaelic scholar Margaret Fay Shaw. Sunday sees a free concert with Inverness Fiddlers, Louise Hay McBain, and Margaret Stewart at St Andrews Cathedral in Inverness, while Scottish folk musician Calum McCrinnon begins a series of nightly concerts across the Highlands on Tuesday. A Blas Grand Finale concert at Eden Court's Empire Theatre in Inverness a week on Saturday is headlined by Capercaillie.
4 BBC Proms In the Park
Glasgow Green, Saturday
The BBC's Scottish Last Night of the Proms event returns to its traditional setting of Glasgow Green for the first time since 2009 after indoor stints in Dundee and at Glasgow's City Halls. Joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra ahead of the usual live big screen link-up with the Royal Albert Hall are west end leading man Alfie Boe and former Spice Girl turned musical theatre star Melanie C. The evening's Scottish contingent includes fiddler John McCusker, soprano Kate Valentine and tenor Nicky Spence. Tickets are £12.50, available from Glasgow Royal Concert Halls.
5 Leuchars Airshow
RAF Leuchars, Fife, Saturday
Up to 40,000 people are expected at RAF Leuchars near St Andrews on Saturday for one of Scotland's biggest outdoor events. Along with Scotland's only Battle of Britain flying display, there are appearances from The Red Arrows, the RAF Falcons Parachute Team, and the only remaining airworthy Vulcan bomber in the world. On the ground there's the chance to get up close to numerous military and civilian aircraft from around the world - as well as a full scale model of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, a British-built vehicle designed to set a new 1000mph world land speed record. Other attractions include live music, puppet shows, a traditional funfair, a vintage military village, classic and super cars, and a trade and craft fair. Online booking has closed, but tickets are available from 26 participating Visit Scotland outlets until 5pm tomorrow.
6 Doors Open Days
Across Scotland,weekends in September
For anyone who's ever wondered what that big old, posh-looking building down the road looks like inside, Scotland's largest free annual architectural event might be just the thing. Running every weekend in September, the Doors Open Days programme gives exclusive access to hundreds of buildings which aren't usually open to the public. Properties include everything from fascinating ancient castles to cutting-edge contemporary structures, with additional events such as storytelling sessions and walking tours. Scheduled by region, Saturday and Sunday focuses on areas such as Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, and Lanarkshire with Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh to follow later in the month. For more on Glasgow Central Station's radical plans for Doors Open Day, look out for The Herald Magazine's in-depth feature on Saturday.
7 Off the Page Stirling Book Festival
Venues around Stirling,from tomorrow
Another diverse blend of speakers, readings and workshops for adults and children as Stirling's Off the Page returns for an eighth year. Running until Saturday September 14, guests include writer and former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway, bestselling novelist Freya North, and award-winning Scots Janice Galloway and Jane Harris. Family events include a Bright Bricks Lego event, and a session with Dr Who novel writer Daniel Blythe to mark the 50th anniversary of the Time Lord's first TV appearance.
8 Comic Con
SECC, Glasgow, Saturday
Following on from Collectormania a couple of weeks ago, there's another huge fan event on Saturday in Glasgow covering graphic storytelling, TV shows, movies, and games. As well as the chance to buy collectibles, merchandise, trading cards and DVDs, there's also ample scope to meet the creative talent behind a slew of comics and take in a series of audience panels and talks. Elsewhere, there's a signing station, a cosplay area, and a video games expo featuring retro favorites and some of the hottest new releases. Celebrity guests include Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Life's Too Short), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5), and Hannah Spearritt (Primeval, S Club 7). Open from 11am to 5pm, entry is £6 for adults and £3 for children.
9 Braemar Gathering
While not as large as some other Highland Games, this late-season event is one of the most celebrated, deriving much prestige from its proximity to Balmoral and links with the Queen, who attends with other members of the royal family every year. Featuring a mix of heavy and track events, the programme also features competitive piping and dancing, an inter Forces tug-of-war contest, and the oldest footraces in the world (dating back to 1832). Grandstand tickets are sold out, but uncovered stand and ringside seat tickets are still available at £16-£20.
10 Pedal For Scotland Glasgow to Edinburgh Ride
Sunday, starts Glasgow Green
After last week's family warm-up, this is real thing - 47 miles from Glasgow Green to Murrayfield Stadium via a combination of closed and quiet back roads and cycle paths. Accessible for those of decent fitness and stamina levels, there are rest stops every 10 miles, a free lunch at Linlithgow Palace, and the option of transport to and from the start and finish lines. Energetic families can also cover the last nine miles of the route from Kirkliston. For those who are more serious, or a bit nuts, there's a 110-mile sportive route taking in sections of numerous Scottish cycle racing circuits through the Southern Uplands. Registration costs £5-£40.