What is East End First Saturdays?

East End First Saturdays is a free cultural experience where creative and cultural attractions in the East End of Glasgow come together in an exciting programme of activity on the First Saturday of every month. Each month, we will create a cultural map inspired by the complex and culturally rich history of the Barras Market.

East End First Saturdays is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about getting to know the East on foot. We suggest browsing the highlights right here and choosing a few exhibitions and attractions that you’d like to see, but be open to letting the day take its own course.

East End First Saturdays is on a mission to build new audiences, encourage community spirit and promote the cultural diversity of the East End. On the First Saturday of every month; businesses open their doors to host an event, something different or unexpected that provides a twist on their existing public offer or programme.

With different things to see and do each month anything could happen on an East End First Saturdays wander! The programme is open to all and free to attend unless otherwise stated, running alongside the weekly Barras Market.

Get involved by using the hashtag, #EEFS.


How it works

East End First Saturdays is a public programme and mostly venues/events are free to attend. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. We simply help you figure out what to see and where to go by highlighting what is happening.

Before you go

  • Browse exhibitions, performances, shops, restaurants, bars, and other events.
  • Familiarise yourself with locations using our map.
  • Decide where you’d like to start.
  • Invite old friends, new friends, family, colleagues or do it on your own.

Getting there and parking

East End First Saturdays is spread throughout the East of the city but primarily along Barras & Calton and Bridgeton. If taking public transport, we recommend getting the Glasgow Subway or train to Argyle Street or High Street and walking 5 – 10 minutes to the foot of the Barras Market, or to start at the other end from Bridgeton Station and work your way down towards city centre. Alternatively, the 60/61 bus goes from city centre along the Gallowgate. If you’re driving, please bear in mind that a lot of streets are closed on the weekend due to the Barras Market. Don’t stress yourself out trying to find parking on the doorstep of where you want to go. We’d recommend parking a little bit further away and enjoying the walk.


East End First Saturdays takes place throughout the year (except for January) no matter what the weather is doing. If it’s cold and rainy, layer up, toughen up, and bring an umbrella. You’ll appreciate what is inside even more.