Faskally Wood, Pitlochry, from tomorrow
Part woodland trek, part multimedia installation, this award-winning outdoor sound and light show has built a reputation over the last decade as one of Scotland's favourite outdoor visitor attractions. With a dazzling and atmospheric range of coloured lights, water features and sound installations to discover along a specially designed forest route, the whole thing can take up to 90 minutes to explore, so be sure to wrap up warm. On nightly for the next three weeks, tickets are £7.50-£17.50.
Emirates Arena First Birthday Weekend
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Saturday and Sunday
A year on from opening, the first venue to be completed for next year's Commonwealth Games hosts two days of sporty, family friendly fun with Clyde 1's DJ Knoxy. From noon on Saturday, free entertainment includes Guinness World Record attempts by Glasgow Rocks and Scottish Badminton, along with spa tasters, parkour workshops, sports challenges, arts and crafts, and live music. On Sunday, Glasgow Rocks take on Surrey United in their first game of the season. Pre-match entertainment starts at 3pm, with tickets £6-£11.
World Porridge Making Championship
The highland village of Carrbridge has been hosting this annual competition featuring porridge cooks from around the world the last 20 years. The best porridge, made the traditional way with only oatmeal, water and salt wins the coveted Golden Spurtle trophy. The judging takes place in the village hall from 11am-4pm and is free of charge for spectators. Supporting events include family activities, craft stalls, a pipers parade, and a ceilidh - as well as the Wicked Wolf Porridge Run on Sunday morning.
Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, from Saturday
More than 40 works of art by US pop artist Andy Warhol go on show at Holyrood this weekend, most of which have never been seen in Scotland before. Part of a series of events presented by the charitable trust of Scots-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, the exhibition explores themes of power, politics and philanthropy. Images of Lenin, Mao Tse-tung, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and the Queen feature, as do prints examining the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Entry is free, but offered in timed slots only, so advance booking is essential.
Haddo Arts Festival
Haddo House, Aberdeenshire, from Saturday
This nine-day festival of the arts includes performances by Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. There's also an appearance by comedian Fred MacAuley, experimental music workshops for children, and an exhibition by photographer Chris Heppell. Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society give Saturday's opening concert, while Sunday sees a children's Teddy Bears Picnic afternoon with the RSNO. Elegant Haddo House, 20 miles north of Aberdeen, is well worth a visit in its own right.
Tramway, Glasgow, Saturday
Free running discipline Parkour was developed in France in the 1990s and has since been used to exhilarating effect in films such as Casino Royale. Glasgow Parkour Coaching are offering a safe way for young people to try it out on Saturday afternoons until mid-December. Sessions are £4 and are pretty energetic, so participants should bring a bottle of water and wear clothes suitable for exercise. Sessions for adults also run during the week, along with a more relaxed Weekend Wake-up class, meeting at Hillhead Underground Station on Saturdays at 9.30am.
World Space Week at Satrosphere
Satrosphere, Aberdeen, Saturday
This international initiative set up to promote science and technology starts on Friday, and this year takes a closer look at the planet Mars. There are number of tie-in events in Scotland, including a day mixing science and art at Aberdeen's Satrosphere this weekend. As well as an art exhibition featuring works by Victorian explorer John Phillip, and images from the NASA and the European Space Agency, there are talks from space experts, a 3D art workshop, and the chance to try dress up as an astronaut and experience a simulated space walk.
Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run
Glasgow City Centre, Saturday and Sunday
Scotland's biggest mass participation run takes over the centre of Glasgow this weekend. Starting in George Square and finishing in Glasgow Green, Sunday's main event includes 10K and half marathon routes taking in many of the city centre's most famous streets and buildings. Saturday also has a programme of shorter races designed for children, with come and try sports sessions, food and drink, and live entertainment throughout the day. Half marathon entry has closed, but 10K registration is still available for £25.
Dean Castle Harvest Festival
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, Saturday and Sunday
A mixture of free rural activities and ticketed events in the courtyard of Kilmarnock's Dean Castle. Saturday's highlights include chef Nick Nairn demonstrating seasonal ingredients and local produce, and an evening concert from Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble. Sunday has a performance of Calendar Girls by Kilmarnock-based theatre group Centre Stage. There are also rural market stalls, local crafters, entertainment, a vintage tractor and machinery display, dry stane dyking, willow weaving, chainsaw demonstrations, and heavy horses.
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Sunday
The biggest event of its type in Scotland, celebrating retro fashion, food, music and glamour with a huge vintage marketplace and live entertainment. There will be around 100 stalls selling clothing, accessories, and jewellery from the 1900s onwards, along with furniture, homeware and interiors. There's a pop-up beauty lounge specialising in old-world glam, and traditional teas with china cups, sandwiches, scones and cakes. A live stage features DJs, live acts, vaudeville, bands and burlesque, and there's also a funfair and a display of classic cars. Open from noon until 6pm, entry is £5.