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Celtic Connections -- The best-attended annual festival in Glasgow, and the largest of its kind in the world, Celtic Connections music festival covers Gaelic, folk, roots, alt-country, Americana, and more. It kicks off the year every January. The main venue for performances is the Royal Concert Hall, which produces the event (tel. 0141/353-8000, www.celticconnections.com).

Doors Open Days  -- For a couple of weekends every September, this event arranges for the doors at buildings normally closed to the public to be opened. Thus it affords visitors rare opportunities to see the interiors of architecturally significant and historic edifices across the city (tel. 0141/248-1188, www.doorsopendays.org.uk).

Glasgow International Jazz Festival -- This annual event, usually running from the last week of June through the first days of July, brings a few top jazz acts to Glasgow. In recent years, the festival featured saxophonist David Murray and singer/songwriter Van Morrison, as well as showcasing more locally based talent, such as singers Carol Kidd and Tommy Smith. Free events are always included in the "Fringe" schedule (tel. 0141/552-3552, www.jazzfest.co.uk).

Piping Live! -- A lone piper playing a Scottish lament in a Highland glen can bring a tear to the eye, for sure. But a band full of bagpipes blown in unison is one of the most stirring sounds on the planet. The best pipers from around the world converge on Glasgow in August of every year for the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green, the culmination of a weeklong festival with concerts across the city (30-34 McPhater St., tel. 0141/353-8000, www.pipingfestival.co.uk).

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West End Festival -- The city's West End celebrates every summer with a host of music and cultural events for 2 weeks in June. The centerpiece is a Mardi Gras Carnival and parade that draws thousands if it turns out to be a hot day (tel. 0141/341-0844, www.westendfestival.co.uk).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.