What's On Near You? September Happenings

Dr. Hamish Thompson Resident Director


September 6, 2023

Welcome to Scotland! This blog post is going to give you the low-down on the local events happening. There is loads happening in your cities and towns around Scotland! This blog post is just some of the highlights of the events happening in September. Below are lists of music venues and inclusive/queer spots to hang out in the city. I’ll be updating you throughout the semester on different events on in October and November so stay tuned. A pro tip is to also follow the music/queer spaces I’ve listed below on Instagram so you can stay up to date on what their events are.



Live music venues:
Sandy Bells
Captain’s Bar
Jazz Bar
Sneaky Pete’s
Bannerman’s Bar
Usher Hall
O2 Academy (Formerly the Corn Exchange)

Queer Spaces:
Paradise Palms-queer cabaret and poetry nights.
Drag nights at Subway, CC Blooms, The Street, Planet Bar.
HOT MESS at Sneaky Pete’s.
Kafe Kweer.
Lighthouse Bookshop
Edinburgh Radical Book Fair

Christine and the Queens-Usher Hall 8th September
Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral 16 September

The King and I-Edinburgh Playhouse 12-16 September

Edinburgh Farmers Market, Castle Terrace every Sat.
Grassmarket Weekly Market, Grassmarket, every Sat.
Leith Market, Dock PLace, every Sat.
Ocean Terminal Market, Ocean Terminal, every Sat and Sun.
Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street, every Sun.
Edinburgh Flea Market, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, TBC.

Alberta Whittle: Create Dangerously Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 1 April-7 Jan.
Decades: The Art of Change 1900-1980 Scottish National Gallery of Modern till Jan 7.
Peter Howson at 65 City Arts Centre-till 1Oct
Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation Palace of Holyrood till 18 Sep.
Lawrence Aby Hamdan 45th Parallel, Jesse Jones: The Tower and Hepzhibah Israel மொழிபெயர்ப்பு/The Nature of Difference Talbot Rice Gallery til 30 Sep.
Tarek Lakhrissi: I wear my wounds on my tongue, Collective till 1 Oct.
Scottish Landscapes, Wonder Women, Dovecot, 7th Oct.
Grayson Perry, Royal Scottish Academy, til 12 Nov.
Scottish Women Artists, Dovecot Studios, til 6 Jan..


Queer Spaces:
Aye-Aye Books
Category Is Books
The Waterloo Bar
The Gallery

Music Venues:
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Ovo Hydro
Howlin’ Wolf
The Garage
O2 Academy Glasgow

Shania Twain Ovo Hydro 22 Sep
Busted Ovo Hydro 20 Sep-1 Oct
PJ Harvey, Barrowlands, 26 Sep
Half Moon Run, 100 Eastville Place, 17 Sep
Crawlers, Queen Margaret Union, 21 Sep,

Dracula, Mina’s Revenge, Theatre Royal Glasgow, 13-16 Sep
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, ballet, King’s Theatre, 26-30 Sep

Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) September 26-30
The Barras Market- Gallowgate, Glasgow, every Saturday and Sunday.
The Forge Market, Duke Street, Thursday-Sunday 10-5.


Lindsey Lavender : Light & Shade 17 Aug 2023 – 15 Sep 2023 Roger Billcliffe Gallery
Barbara Rae: Colour Fields 04 Aug 2023 – 30 Sep 2023 Glasgow Print Studio
Unravelling Times 12 May 2023 – 15 Oct 2023 Hunterian Gallery Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jasleen Kaur, Alter Altar 31 Mar 2023 – 15 Oct 2023 Tramway
Helen de Main & Mandy McIntosh - Repeat Patterns 04 Mar 2023 – 15 Oct 2023 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Queer and Queer Friendly Spaces
The Market Arms

Aberdeen City Orchestra, Fountainhall at the Socket, 30 Sep.
Rachel Sermanni, The Lemon Tree, 28 Sep.
Wrest, The Tunnels, 30 Sep.
And, Phoenix Community Centre, 22 Sep.
The Rocky Horror Show, His Majesty’s Theatre, 19-23 Sep.

Banff Film Festival, Music Hall, 13 Sep.
Cultivate Festival, Innoflate, 1 Beach Esplanade, 23-24 Sep
Norwood Antique and Vintage Fair, Norwood Hall Hotel, 24 Sep.

Quentin Blake Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, 10th Sep.

St Andrews and Dundee

Queer Pub:
The Salty Dog

Hannah Wants, Fat Sams, 22 Sep.

Fame, The Space, 13 Sep.
The Science Fiction Rock Experience, Gardyne Theatre, 22 Sep.
Autumn Fair, St Andrews Preservation Trust, 24 Sep.
Oktoberfest, Slessor Gardens, 29-30 Sep.
The Yard Vegan Market, The Steeple, 9 Sep.

In Colour, Observatory, Buchanan Gardens, 9 Sep.
Tartan till 14 Jan, The Fashion Show: Everything but Clothes, till 1 Jan, Dundee V and A
What’s New, McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, till Oct 31.
Hidden Histories: Exploring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dundee's Art Collection, McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery, opens 17th Sep until 31st Dec.