Events to enjoy from home this October

Last updated: Monday, 12 October 2020

There's no need to brave the elements this autumn to find something fun to do.

We've rounded up events taking place over the next month that you don't need to leave the house for.

Here are some of our favourites:

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Sat 17–Sat 31 Oct at

Scottish Storytelling Festival
A celebration of live storytelling and imagination uniting Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.

Performance, workshops, talks and children's events radiate out from the capital with guest storytellers from across the globe.

The 2020 edition will focus on tales that explore Scotland's place as a coastal nation and the many voyages that have shaped its cultural identity today, as part of Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters.

Glasgow Science Festival: Science on the Sofa

Available online until 9 Nov

Glasgow Science Festival presents an online programme of hands-on activities, talks, shows, workshops and more.

Audiences of all ages can delve into Scotland’s rich marine environment, head out on virtual tours of the Hunterian Museum and conduct science experiments at home.

Plus, learn more about Glasgow’s COVID-19 testing facilities and meet the amazing people who are working behind-the-scenes to help us overcome this virus.

Join in here .

Sound Festival

Thu 22–Sun 25 Oct at

Sound Festival
An innovative festival of new music bringing together a wide range of different musical styles in a variety of concerts, workshops, installations and talks.

This year’s festival will run over two weekends in October and January 2021, with a hybrid model of live socially-distanced performances and digital events confirmed.

Over the past three years, the festival has placed a spotlight on an ‘endangered’ instrument, and the focus this year is on the horn, with the programme featuring a community horn participation project, as well as other performances including the instrument.

Virtual Tamfest

Until Sat 31 Oct at

Ayrshire's festival dedicated to Rabbie's poem 'Tam O'Shanter' heads online for its 2020 edition, with activities and workshops hosted on their YouTube channel, a virtual procession and much more.

Highlights include Scottish wrestler and actor Grado performing a hilarious version of 'Tam O'Shanter', an appearance from Still Game’s Jane McCarry and plenty of Halloween delights.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

Until until Sun 18 Oct at

Scottish Queer Film Festival
Scotland’s annual celebration of queer cinema is hosted online in 2020.

The film programme is available on Vimeo on Demand throughout the festival, plus virtual events include online watch parties, workshops, Q&A sessions, discussions and a closing night quiz.

All screenings will be pay-what-you-can, making this year's festival a truly accessible feast of cinema for all.


Thursday 15 - Sunday 18 October at

The annual dance festival showcases work from local to national dance companies performing at venues around Aberdeen, emphasising new choreography and opportunities for participation.

This year the festival goes online, with four days of streamed digital performances, live streamed sharings and workshops, online live interviews and Q&As featuring various artists and companies, all of which can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world.