1 Zombies in the Museum

1 Zombies in the Museum

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, tonight

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An evening of survival horror-inspired fun devised by museums accessibility project Scotland Creates with LAStheatre - the immersive theatre company behind award-winning experimental live horror performance DEADinburgh, which was staged to great success at Summerhall last year. Taking the form of an interactive science event specifically for young adults, participants are tasked with exploring the atmospheric confines of a seemingly deserted Chambers Street museum to discover the source of a terrifying viral outbreak under the guidance of real scientists from the Roslin Institute and Edinburgh University. Tickets are £5.


2 Who Do You Think You Are Live

SECC, Glasgow, Friday and Saturday

Genealogy meets entertainment in this two-day arena show inspired by the celebrity TV history programme. Taking place outside London for the first time, the event provides a one-stop shop for anyone interested in uncovering their ancestry. Along with a host of heritage groups and family history organisations, there is an extensive programme of talks and workshops on everything from ide­ntifying heirlooms to researching DNA, plus ask the expert sessions and special guests including ­broadcaster Nicky Campbell.

Tickets start at £14.


3 Edinburgh Mela

Leith Links, Edinburgh, Friday to Sunday

It was disrupted by high winds last year, but the forecast looks much better ahead of what will be the capital's 20th Mela. A huge showcase for world music and dance, the weekend features scores of live performances across two stages, along with fashion shows, an animal-themed Mela Kidzone, and the chance to sample flavours from all over the world at the event's Global Food Village. Tickets for tomorrow's opening concert are £12-£15, but entry on Saturday and Sunday costs just £4, with under 12s free.


4 Off The Beatson Track

Glasgow, Saturday

Starting and finishing at the Riverside Museum, this sponsored walk in aid of Glasgow's Beatson cancer charity takes participants on a six-and-a-half mile loop around the city's west end. Along with the promise of street performers and live music, there's also an exclusive after-party being held on the cobbles of the Museum's 1900s street exhibit. It's only £10 to register, and children under 16 go free, although £100 of sponsorship per entry is recommended. The only catch? You've got to turn up dressed in something yellow.


5 In The Night Garden Live

Queen's Park, Glasgow, from Saturday

Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends return for the only Scottish dates this year for the touring show based on the Cbeebies hit for very small children. Staged in an inflatable dome kitted out with an abundance of parent-friendly features including toilets, changing areas, and buggy parking, the production includes a colourful mix of costumes, puppetry, music, and projections. There are four performances and two different shows to choose from every day except Tuesdays for the next two weeks. Tickets start at £12.50.


6 Largs Viking Festival

Largs, from Saturday

Two weekends of events commemorating the 1263 Battle of Largs get underway in the Ayrshire town on Saturday. As well as an authentic 13th century Viking Village, attractions include re-enactment groups, a funfair, and three different markets - with a programme of fringe events including Sunday's Viking Day at nearby Kelburn. The festival culminates with next Saturday's Party at the Peel, featuring a re-enactment of the battle, the burning of a longship, and a huge fireworks display. Most events are free, with entry to the Viking Village £2-£5. www.largsvikingfestival.com

7 The East End Social's Last Big Weekend

Richmond Park, Glasgow, Saturday and Sunday

Part of the Glasgow 2014 cultural programme, the East End Social project has over the summer brought a series of live gigs to a part of the city not generally associated with the hosting of cultural events. They sign off with this mini-festival featuring a day of bands headlined by post-rock heroes Mogwai on Saturday, and a dance-floor friendly line-up of DJ sets with the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Jeff Mills, and James Murphy on Sunday. Tickets are £38.50-£70.


8 Country Fair

National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, Sunday

Get up close with range of animals including alpacas, ferrets, cattle, sheep and pigs at this annual harvest-time celebration at the National Museum's working heritage farm. As well as sheepdog trials and demonstrations of farriery, there's the chance to try a variety of activities including traditional crafts, stock judging, and wild food foraging. New attractions include a parade of vintage tractors, and a dog and duck show. Tickets are £7-£8 or £4.50 for kids over five.


9 Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Jedburgh and Denholm, from Sunday

Explore ancient Roman roads, traditional drover tracks, and the rugged countryside of the Cheviot foothills with the start of Scotland's longest established walking festival. Included in a week-long programme of guided walks is everything from short, relaxed family friendly rambles, to more strenuous treks of more than 13 miles. With around four options to choose from each day of the festival, walks are priced from £4-£8, while a series of tie-in social events include Saturday's free welcome night at Mary Queen of Scots Gardens in Jedburgh.


10 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Sunday

The concert providing the climax to the Edinburgh International Festival takes place at the Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens. Tickets are sold out, but you can get a pass for the Gardens for £12.50. As well as around Princess Street itself, crowds will be gathering at the family viewing zone in Inverleith Park, which has big screen coverage. Weather permitting, you'll also get a decent view of the fireworks at vantage points across the city.

www.eif.co.uk/virginmoney fireworks

Don't Miss

Electric Fields Festival

Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries, Saturday

This one-day festival brings the cream of emerging Scottish music talent to the Galloway countryside. The bill includes Fatherson, The LaFontaines, Stanley Odd, Vigo Thieves, and Commonwealth games closing ceremony stars Prides. Tickets are £25.