The Great Big Opening Party

Festival 2018 promises a summer of fun and a carnival of cultural activity and it all kicks off with The Great Big Opening Party in George Square on August 1st!

The Great Big Opening Party

About The Great Big Opening Party

#TheMoment is finally here! Join us in the spectacular setting of George Square to welcome the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and our friends from across Europe to the beating heart of the city.

The big stage programme features some of the most exciting names in Scottish music today - Nina Nesbitt, The Ayoub Sisters, SAY Award-winners Sacred Paws, Mercury Music Prize-nominated C Duncan and award-winning Neo-trad quintet Elephant Sessions - alongside a celebration of the European Championships sports and the people who have been part of the Glasgow 2018 journey.

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While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Great Big Opening Party are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at George Square or Festival 2018

City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

20th October 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

27th October 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

3rd November 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

10th November 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

17th November 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
Glasgow’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Glasgow’s Christmas Lights Switch On

18th November 2018
Glasgow's annual Christmas Lights Switch On in George Square will take place on Sunday 18th November 2018!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

24th November 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

1st December 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
Blessing of the Crib

Blessing of the Crib

5th December 2018
The Lord Provost is delighted to welcome all to join her at the Blessing of the Crib in George Square on Wednesday 5th December!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

8th December 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
Glasgow Santa Dash

Glasgow Santa Dash

9th December 2018
The annual Glasgow Council Santa Dash sets off from George Square on the 9th of December at 9.30am, with thousands of people dressed as Santa taking on the 5k course for charity!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

15th December 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

22nd December 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

29th December 2018
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

5th January 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

12th January 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

19th January 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

26th January 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

2nd February 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

9th February 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

16th February 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

23rd February 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

2nd March 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

9th March 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

16th March 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

23rd March 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

30th March 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

6th April 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

13th April 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

20th April 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

27th April 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

4th May 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

11th May 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

18th May 2019
This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!

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A Night With Legends III
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Don't miss an evening with Arthur Numan, Ronald DeBoer, Jorg Albertz and Nacho Novo when A Night With Legends returns to Glasgow on October 19th!
An Evening with Barcelona Bears - Colin Stein and Willie Johnston
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JMCC Presents an evening with two Barcelona Bears, Colin Stein and Willie Johnston at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 25th October!
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Mini Store Hunters
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2nd November 2018
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2 to 5 year olds and their grown ups can come and explore the stores, handle objects and get creative on the first Monday and Friday of each month!
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