FULL PROGRAMME

The Pirate Radio Station are back with a cracking lineup of the hottest up-and-coming folk artists from across Glasgow and beyond, performing live at the festival throughout the day. Acts announced in early July. 

LIVE FOLK MUSIC FROM CELTIC MUSIC RADIO

FREE

Scottish Opera present a pop-up opera telling the tale of the five waterways that link Scotland from the North Sea to the Atlantic. Each one thinks they’re the best. Can an ordinary little puffer boat make them think again?

PUFFY MCPUFFER AND THE CRABBIT CANALS

£4/£2

RACE along the canal with a team of friends in a dragon boat to become the GCF19 Dragon Boat Champions! A real highlight of the festival and great fun to watch, each team gets 3 heat races throughout the day

and prizes to be won!

DRAGON BOAT RACE

From £75 per team

The Village Storytelling Centre present 

stories to ignite the imagination for audiences of all ages inspired by the landscape of the canal. Storytelling sessions are free and you can sign up

on the day.​

CANAL STORYTELLING

FREE

The Tallest is a participatory project where a child and an adult can create a very tall person using a specially designed cloak. The Tallest offers a new viewpoint, movement and personality of a very tall person for the participating child

THE TALLEST

FREE

Eco Drama presents The Whirlybird, an uplifting theatre show for children aged 3-7, featuring movement, music, bird song, puppetry and lots of things that spin! 

THE WHIRLYBIRD

£4/£3

Come and explore the history of the Forth & Clyde Canal with an interactive handling exhibition from Glasgow Life's Open Museums plus maps and archive photographs showing the canal's unique history.

HERITAGE EXHIBITION

FREE

Enjoy the beauty of the canal landscape from your bike! Join Sustrans for their annual 20-mile canal cycle ride along the canal towpath, setting off from the Glasgow Canal Festival at 12pm or 12.30pm.

GUIDED CYCLE RIDE

FREE

Take a tour on a real working canal boat with the Forth & Clyde Canal Society, and hear from fascinating stories about the canals' history and heritage.

CANAL BOAT TOURS

£3/£1.50

Pinkston watersports are back with their canoe taster sessions for individuals, families and friends to try their hand (or their paddle) on the water. Tasters run throughout the day and all kit provided. 

CANOE TASTER SESSIONS

£2.50 per boat

Try out stand up paddleboarding with Stand Up Paddle Board Scotland. Beginners are welcome and all kit/instruction is provided. It may be advisable to bring a change of clothing for afterwards!

STAND UP PADDLE BOARD TASTER SESSIONS

£10

Our fantastic sponsors Sustrans will bring back their interactive cycle sculpture, celebrating their work to get Scotland cycling. Families can take part by jumping on a bike and propelling the sculpture.

CYCLE SCULPTURE

FREE

Interactive play pools for Canal Festival visitors aged 18 months - 4 years. Young children can splash in our play pools and explore different water toys under supervision of accompanying adults.

PLAY POOLS

FREE

Tiger? Butterfly? Dragon? You decide. Free face painting for kids and big kids at the Glasgow Canal Festival. Runs from 12pm until 4pm only.

FACE PAINTING

FREE

National Theatre of Scotland looks forward to welcoming members of the public of all ages to its new building Rockvilla. Featuring photography/ video presentations, craft activities for children, an interactive treasure hunt and exhibits of costumes, props and modes.

NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND'S ROCKVILLA

FREE

Taking inspiration from the lost parkland of Phoenix Park, Pulpworks is a DIY making space, investigating the surrounding environment. Pulpworks will take inspiration from the canal’s industrious past and the flora, fauna, and debris of the waterway as materials to explore collective experiences of playing and making.

PULPWORKS

FREE

Canal Ward artist in residence Mitch Miller has been working with residents and local groups to research a ‘dialectogram’ of local nature reserve Hamiltonhill Claypits. Join Mitch in making a large scale 2 and 3D map of the Claypits. Add thoughts and stories to the artwork as it spreads across the Whisky Bond car park!

TALES OF THE CLAYPITS

FREE

Come and join Carnival Arts Glasgow in a koinobori kite making workshop and add your kites to the water-based installation!

CANAL KITE WORKSHOP

FREE