EVERY TWO WEEKS
PAISLEY FARMER'S MARKET - Paisley's excellent Farmers' Market, managed by Ayrshire Farmers' Market Co-operative, takes place on the second and last Saturdays of every month by the Cenotaph, at the corner of Moss and High Streets. A wide range of fresh, locally produced foods is available, from honey, home baking and cheese to fish, beef, lamb, vegetables and eggs. The market opens at 9.00 am and closes at 1.30 pm although stalls may be sold out earlier. For a calendar of dates, please see www.ayrshirefarmersmarket.co.uk.
ST MIRREN PARK - This is the home to Scotland's Under 21 international matches, and the home of Scottish Championship team St. Mirren. For details of forthcoming matches and obtaining tickets, please see www.saintmirren.net.
PAISLEY BEER FESTIVAL - Since 1987 the Paisley Beer Festival has been held annually in late April, and is held inside Paisley Town Hall.
It is Scotland's largest beer festival, attracting around 4,000 visitors to the town. With around 170 draught beers, cider, perry and mead from the UK and further afield, there's a taste for everyone. In 2009 20,000 pints of beer were consumed. There is usually local and Continental catering available, and live bands. The 2016 festival ran 20th-23rd April. www.paisleybeerfestival.org.uk.
BRITISH PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - The first pipe band major championship of 2016 was held at Paisley on the 21st May. The venue is the St James Playing Field area, just off the M8. The competition is secured until 2018.
SMA' SHOT FESTIVAL - The annual textile works' outing, known as Sma' Shot day, was traditionally held on the first Saturday in July. The excursion and the day's holiday was a privilege won by all workers at the Paisley thread mills. It is now a day of celebration to mark a significant victory by the workers over their employers, or 'Corks' in 1856. The Charleston drum, reputedly carried at the Battle of Waterloo leads a march through the streets, and ends with the torching of a 'Cork' in top hat at Abbey Close. Sma' Shot Day 2016 was held on Saturday 2nd July.
PAISLEY PIPE BAND COMPETITION - Local and national pipe bands visit Paisley for the annual Paisley Vision Trophy. This event is generally seen as a warm-up for the World Pipe Band Championships held in Glasgow. Bands practice along Gilmour Street and High Street, with the competition running from noon to 4pm in County Square, by Paisley Gilmour Street station. The 2016 competiton was held on Saturday 23rd July.
FIRE ENGINE RALLY - The Festival of Fire began in 2009 and celebrates the West of Scotland's proud fire fighting heritage. Every July dozens of fire fighting vehicles, some over a century old, are on display in the town centre. A rally begins from the Canal Street Fire Station, and is headed by a pipe band to county Square. However, since 2014 the festival has been held in Johnstone’s Houstoun Square. The 2016 festival was held on Saturday 13th August.
THE PAISLEY 10K RUN & FUN RUN - The annual 10 kilometre run starts and finishes on Gilmour Street and is usually attended by around 2,500 runners, as well as hundreds in the 2.5km fun run. The 2016 run was held on Sunday 21st August.
For more details please see www.renfrewshireleisure.com
RENFREWSHIRE DOORS OPEN DAYS - Doors Open Days give you free access to dozens of fascinating buildings across Paisley and Renfrewshire. This annual event allows you to explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. One of the most popular activities is admission to the Paisley Abbey roof for spectacular views of the town. The Doors Open weekend 2016 was held over the 3rd and 4th September.www.doorsopendays.org.uk.
THE SPREE - is Paisley's National annual music and arts festival. The line-up includes music and comedy acts. The festival takes place in several venues across the town. Traditional cultural venues in the town such as Paisley Abbey, Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre are joined by a specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square by Paisley Gilmour Street Station. The dates for the 2016 Spree are 14th to 22nd October. For the official website please see http://www.thespree.co.uk.
PAISLEY HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL - Friday 28 October 2016 (6pm-9pm) and Saturday 29 October 2016 (midday-9pm) - stunning parade from Paisley Museum to Abbey Close, headed by the Spark! LED drummers and featuring more than 100 participants in various spectacular costumes. The 2015 event saw a spectacular fire garden in Abbey Close, leading up to an incredible fire show finale. Saturday presented a craft tent featuring some of the businesses from Renfrewshire's InCube business incubator including pumpkin carving and mask-making, cinema marquee (County Square) showing Halloween-themed films throughout the day, Paisley Farmers' Market (Paisley Cross, 10am to 2pm), the fire garden and another fire show finale.
On both days were an outdoor funfair and stage hosted by Pulse FM (Bridge Street) including live performances, children's activities in Paisley Town Hall including DJ, soft-play area, face-painting, balloon-modelling, arts and crafts, Halloween-themed food stalls, circus shows, and Harry-Potter-themed owl show (NOTE - charges apply for some events), outdoor food market stalls and walkabout entertainers.
PAISLEY FIREWORLS DISPLAY - Every year Paisley “Buddies” flock to Paisley to see the breathtaking fireworks display. The 2016 show will be held on Saturday 5th November.
PAISLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON Paisley's annual Christmas Lights will be switched on during an evening event in the town centre full of festive family fun. The 2016 even will be held on Saturday 12th November.