10 Sensational Things To Do In Glasgow This September

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

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We’re falling for this month’s events and activities.

The leaves might be starting to turn but you needn’t have to turn your back just because summer has technically ended as this city has plenty up its sleeve to entertain us this month. Some might think autumn is when things wind down and we start to retreat back indoors but in actual fact it seems Glasgow didn’t get that memo. With festivals, concerts and entertaining experiences September will be the month to remember!

1.  Putt your way around new crazy golf venue Golf Fang

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Taking their love for the city, the creators of the popular adult-only entertainment chain Ghetto Golf are launching a new crazy golf course in Glasgow next month. Known as Golf Fang, the course has been designed to pay homage to Glasgow’s culture and renowned entertainment scene, by featuring a miniature replica of the iconic Old College Bar. Set to become one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ settings in the city, the new venue has also been decorated in traditional Ghetto Golf style, with graffiti, street art and neon lighting ready to light up our social media feeds.The Golf Fang venue, based on Lancefield Street, is set to open on September 2 and keen putters can already book their tee-off time now.

2. Witness glowing candlelight tribute performances of Eminem’s greatest hits

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Fever’s dazzling array of candlelight concerts are taking Glasgow by storm, and with a huge range of musical styles and incredible venues on offer, there’s something for every music lover. This September, the talented Kaleidoscope Orchestra will be performing Eminem’s well-known songs like ‘Lose Yourself’ and ‘The Real Slim Shady’ at a stunning secret location. Listen to electronic music as you’ve never heard it before: with Kaleidoscope using classical instruments to play non-classical music in new and innovative ways. Candlelight, music and a beautiful setting- what more could you want? Grab your tickets here.

3. Chow down on Southern-style wings in this new nautical bar

Set to welcome guests this September on Mitchell Street, their long-awaited arrival in the city marks the second Abandon Ship Bar opening – with the first one opening in Dundee in 2019. Designed for lovers of street art and good times, the daring new lifestyle concept stands out from the crowd, combining bold independent retail, incredible artwork and the best of modern Scottish hospitality. Set over two stylish floors, the immersive setting is the first of its kind in Scotland and set to bring the wow factor, with impressive interiors containing over 150 square metres of striking, hand-drawn artwork. Specialising in Americana soul food that’s bursting with flavour, guests can expect imaginative small plates from their kitchen alongside juicy burgers, mouthwatering Southern-style wings, as well as original and eclectic cocktails and craft beers from their team of top bartenders.

4. Celebrate the return of festivals at TRNSMT

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TRNSMT is back after two years, with a few tickets still remaining for those who want to celebrate the return of festivals. Thousands will be heading to Glasgow Green for some awesome performances on the weekend of September 10-12. Expect an epic line-up packed full of huge names such as The Courteeners, KSI, Liam Gallagher, Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers, Snow Patrol, Amy Macdonald, Tom Odell and so many more. Find out more.

5. Listen to epic electronic music at the Riverside Museum

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Festivals are in full swing this September as it also welcomes Scotland’s premier electronic music festival, Riverside Festival, too. The annual festival will take place in Glasgow between September 3 and 5. Riverside Festival returns to the grounds of the Riverside Museum on the banks of the Clyde, bringing together a combination of some of the biggest and most cutting edge electronic artists and DJs to this unique and iconic location. Hear music from the likes of Jamie XX, Disclosure and Amelie Lens across three stages. Find out more information here.

6. Join the LGBTQ+ communities in Glasgow by taking part in the Mardi Gla Pride Parade


Ever a highlight of Glasgow’s summer plans, the huge Mardi Gla Pride parade had to go virtual last year, now it’s back this year with the city’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebration taking place on September 4. Mardi Gla 2021 will see LGBT+ communities of Glasgow join together for a Pride March starting from Festival Park in Cessnock and finishing at George Square. Glasgow’s Pride Mardi Gla has implemented strict covid mitigations which include requiring participants to have taken a lateral flow test the day before or morning of Pride as part of the wider action to reduce the current increase in positive tests in Glasgow.

7. Soak up possibly the last of the sun on this Glasgow terrace

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Found atop of the historic institution designed by the well-known Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this rooftop area is sometimes overlooked when it comes to hunting down places in the city to soak up the sun. However, this particular terrace happens to be one of only two south-facing roof terraces in the whole of Glasgow and is the perfect escapism despite being located on one of the city’s busiest streets. So, when the sun does come out, head here! Plus, they fully cover the terrace and even have heaters for those days where the Glasgow sun isn’t quite shining. The rooftop terrace at Mackintosh at the Willow is the perfect spot for a break or a post-shopping tipple.

8. Discover more of the city during Glasgow Doors Open Day

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Taking place between September 13 and 19, Glasgow Doors Open Day aims to make Scotland’s built and cultural heritage accessible to everyone and is perfect if you have always wanted to take a peek of some of the city’s buildings behind closed doors. Some old favourites are returning, like Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon, as well as the addition of new hidden gems across the country. Visitors will also get to go along to Barras Market in the year of its 100th anniversary and an in-person trail through Glasgow’s Old Markets, which will trace Glaswegians’ changing relationship with food through the centuries and explore the connection between local food produce, carbon neutrality and community spirit.

9. Visit one of Glasgow’s top sandwich shops Piece

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The time is upon us for our lunches to be revolutionised yet again, and we cannot wait. Lunch favourite Piece has finally returned to their Waterloo Street store, after a year of closure and we just want one of their delicious sandwiches ASAP. Choose from the classic Piece Club sandwich to their Veggie bahn mi featuring roast cauliflower, shredded salad, pickled chillies and sriracha.

10. Sip on some delicious concoctions during Glasgow Cocktail Week

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From September 24, Glasgow Cocktail Week will once again bring together the city’s finest venues, delicious drinks, parties and even bigger events to celebrate mixology. This year they’ve shaken things up to give you a new experience featuring an exciting brunch series with Whitley Neill gin and an espresso martini gold party with JJ Whitley vodka. Other new events include interactive and sensory rum tastings with Dead Man’s Fingers, Silent Disco Drinks which combines neon-lit silent disco with a different music genre to match Instagrammable cocktails, as well as complimentary sampling and more. Plus, there’s also unlimited exclusive £5 cocktails in your favourite bars across Glasgow!

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