Based mainly in a Spiegeltent in the town's County Square, Paisley's 10-day autumn arts festival is back after a successful first outing in 2012 and runs alongside the Royal Mod, Scotland's largest Gaelic festival, also underway in the town from tomorrow. Scottish musical talent is to fore with gigs from Edwyn Collins, Rachel Sermani, and Scottish Album of the Year Award winner RM Hubbert - as well as an exclusive collaboration between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Other events include children's drama and music workshops, book and storytelling sessions, and a series of comedy shows in association with The Stand comedy club.
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Food and Fiddle Fortnight
From today, Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms
Two weeks of events promoting the cultural history of the North East, with the focus on food, drink and traditional music. Visitors will be able sample cheese, game, whisky and other local produce, take part in workshops, activities and food demonstrations, enjoy live music, song and dance, and learn about local crafts. There are also farmers markets, fiddle workshops, and cookery classes.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Friday and Saturday
Edinburgh's multi-venue, multi band indoor music festival has quietly become something of a fixture over the last few years, offering the chance to catch performances from a host of grassroots and nationally known acts at the Liquid Rooms, Cabaret Voltaire, Sneaky Pete's, Maggie's Chamber, and the Picture House. The bill includes Dry the River, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Holy Ghosts, The Rifles, and Arches. Tickets are £15-£18.50.
Commonwealth Family Day
A programme of free events celebrating global connections at Scotland Street School Museum, Pearce Institute, and the African Caribbean Centre. A stimulating and affordable way to start the school holidays, the day also provides a great chance for children under the age of 12 to learn about other cultures ahead of the 2014 Games. Activities include exotic mask making, South American and African dance, percussion sessions, music making, storytelling and arts workshops, circus skills, and a traditional Gaelic Ceilidh. The venues are all close to stations on the Glasgow subway system, making is easy to visit them all.
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, until Sunday
Experience the rowdy but convivial atmosphere of a Bavarian party, complete with food, live Schlager music and huge foamy mugs of beer, enjoyed cheek-by-jowl at long rows of tables. Running until Sunday in a massive marquee holding 1500 people in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens, entry is free today, but costs £5-£10 over the weekend. There are also deals available for seats, beer, and food from £26, while those wishing to enter even further into the spirit of things can hire traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl to wear. The event then pitches up at Glasgow Green from October 17-20 and 24-27.
Creative Mackintosh Festival
Glasgow, from Saturday
This two-week festival inspired by the art and architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh gets under way this weekend in Glasgow. There are around 30 events, including exhibitions and talks, and workshops in puppetmaking, Japanese Carp kitemaking, and textile design. A series of walking tours uncover industrial and post-industrial creative Glasgow, and there are events in all of the city's major Mackintosh-designed buildings, including The Lighthouse, Queen's Cross Church, and Glasgow School of Arts - plus Kelvingrove Museum, which has a dedicated Mackintosh gallery. Highlights this weekend include a Teddy Bear Tea Party, a Glasgow Style embroidery masterclass, and creative craft sessions for younger children.
The Big Draw
Various venues, until November 3
A series of creative art-themed events taking place in 15 countries, there are Big Draw events running across Scotland for the whole of October. This weekend sees sessions in Coldstream, Haddington, Golspie, Dunbar, Melrose, and Linlithgow, while The Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh, The Tall Ship in Glasgow, and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire are among the hosting venues over the next week. There are also tie-in events for the whole month at a number of Historic Scotland-run properties such as Edinburgh Castle.
Dumfries and Galloway Wild Autumn Festival
Across Dumfries and Galloway, from Saturday
A new nature-based festival in the unspoiled and wildlife-rich countryside of south-west Scotland, coinciding with the school holidays and running until the beginning of November. There are more than 50 individual events, many free, offering plenty of opportunities to get up close to the deer, red squirrels, otters, wintering geese, and birds of prey native to Dumfries and Galloway at this time of year. The week ahead has stargazing, bat and badger spotting, and bird watching events - as well as chance to sign up for photography, wilderness canoeing, woodland walking, and mountain biking sessions.
Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust Annual Open Day 2013
Bridgeton Bus Garage, Glasgow, Sunday
GVVT's October open day in Glasgow's east end offers a great chance for enthusiasts to sample the automotive heritage centre's collection of more than 100 buses, coaches, commercial vehicles, and fire appliances. There will also be a selection of visiting vehicles, and the chance to browse and buy from a variety of stalls specialising in collectibles, models, second-hand parts, and refreshments. A free traditional vintage bus service runs from the venue to the city centre every 10 minutes, with a further connection to the Riverside Museum twice an hour. Open from 10am to 5pm, admission is £4-£6.
Glasgow Winter Warmer Run
Pollok Park, Glasgow, Sunday
It's definitely not winter yet, but don't let that put you off entering this British Heart Foundation fun run, which offers a great way to warm up and get active ahead before it gets too cold. Run, jog or walk either 5K or 10K through Glasgow's Pollok Country Park, with all money raised going to research into heart disease, one of Scotland's deadliest health problems. Registration on the day is still available from 9am, with entry costing £20 for adults and £5 for children. www.bhf.org.uk