One of my favourite months for Glasgow events, the main diary buster in June is the Über-cool West End Festival. It parades down our streets throughout the month, and if you're lucky enough to be here to join in the fun, expect to see over 200 music, film, art and performance events dotted around the bohemian West End area, with street parties & parades you're welcome to take part in, salsa and steel bands, and a pure explosion of colour and fun packed into the few weeks it's on.
As I said before, we used to have the colourshacked Mayfest in the City, but regretfully that died its death, and this little festival has been growing every year as a replacement, a true testament to how cultural Glasgow's become in recent times despite its working class, smokey past. So pop along if you have the time, take in some events on the street, grab a few drinks and enjoy a picnic in the sun on the Botanic Gardens grass. And if you see me there, well, please just treat me sympathetically and point to me the way home...
For jazz lovers, there's the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. As I mention elsewhere, it's not really my bag, but I'm usually hanging around the Merchant City & George Square while it's on, so hear quite a lot of what's going on. To those more in the know than me, you'll be delighted to hear both home-grown & international talent filter out some free improv, blues, cool & hot jazz, reggae, hiphop, fusion, progressive, R&B, and soul to Dixieland, New Orleans style and Swing. Sounds like I know what I'm on about, doesn't it?!! It gets rave reviews and is fast becoming one of the most cherished Glasgow events.
Whilst there are other pretty decent Glasgow events in June that capture the imagination, like Live & Loud (a 'must attend' & sell-out pop concert if you're under 25!), and Bard in the Botanics (which does exactly what it says on the tin - a homage to Shakespeare in the Botanic Gardens, the first annual outdoor Shakespeare festival in Scotland), the main one which sets June alight particularly for tourists is the Lord Provost's Procession. It involves a great deal of bagpipes, tartan, colourful floats, street entertainers and free family fun.
It always proves to be a pretty enjoyable day out, even if you think you're too cool for it all, and even when it rains (which for some reason isn't often!). It starts at Blytheswood Square in the centre & ends with a party into the night at George Square, so if you're up for the kind of celebration you'd expect from Scotland, all kilts & bagpipes, this is one of the closest Glasgow events you'll get to that here & I'd definitely recommend it.