Our family-friendly activities programme is jam packed with story-telling and comic related fun with free activities organised by Dundee City Council as well as our partners at the V&A Dundee, DCA , The McManus:  Dundee' Art Gallery & Museum and the University of Dundee.


Dennis and Gnash Dash  -  Sunday 17th July

The Blamazing Beanotown Map  -  Thursday 14th - Sunday 24th July


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Comics Character Parade  Saturday 23rd July

Marvellous Marble Guinness World Record Attempt  -  Sunday 24th July

Mini-golf  -  Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July

Activity tent City Square  Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th, Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th July

Reform Street takeover  -  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July

PARTNER family programme featuring V&A Dundee, The McManus, DCA




Dennis and Gnash Dash   

Sunday 17th July

The World’s First Dennis and Gnash Dash!  Join us for the funnest fun run to takeover Dundee City Centre, turning the streets of red and black.  All ages are welcome to run, walk, wheel or hop the route dressed in our favourite menace colours. Gnasher look-a-likes also welcome! Medals guaranteed.

Click HERE for fun run details...

The Blamazing Beanotown Map  

Thursday 14th - Sunday 24th July

The Blamazing Beanotown Map:  uncover the secrets of the World capital of Comics, Dundee, as told by Dennis, Minnie and Gnasher.  Follow their footsteps around the must-see locations connected with comics of the past, present and future!  Starting from McManus Galleries, a forty-minute accessible (interactive) family walking tour. 

Click HERE for the fun details...



Comics Character Parade

Saturday 23th July, 3pm, City Square

Wave to a wizard, dress as your hero, or mooch with a menace in our character parade – come dressed as your favourite comic book character and join the parade around the city centre.

With a family section and a cosplay section, we’ll have medals for best shoes, hat, costumes, dog, smile, frown and family effort.

We’ll be joined by musical street band favourites to dance us along the route in a fiesta of finery!


No registration needed, just turn up and join in. FREE

Parade route will leave City Square, process up Reform Street, turn at McManus entrance and return to City Sqaure.

Why not join the McManus’ family team beforehand get ready with comic book costume drop in?



Marvellous Marble Guinness World Record Attempt

Sunday 24th July, 2pm

Join UNBOSI, Scrapantics, Creative Dundee and Friends for a massive marvellous world record attempt! With your help, the team will attempt to build the largest marble loop-the-loop ever created! Sprawling along Reform street, this is a history-defining moment not to be missed!

Watch in awe as the Marbleologists set loose their marbles on the track, make adjustments and work up to the record attempt! Join in with construction and make your mark in the record books - we'll need your help to make it happen!


From 2pm:   arrive in the afternoon to see the World's Largest Marble loop-the-loop being constructed

World Record Attempt will be officially recorded at 3:33pm

FREE EVENT - no booking required.  Marbles supplied




Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July

Recreate the Open Golf Championships in miniature in City Square! FREE family fun for all!



Activity tent City Square

Saturday 16th & 17th, Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th July

Join us in City Square for some family friendly fun activities. Relax in our comic library, draw your own comics, make a badge or get your face painted in our FREE space.



Reform Street takeover

Saturday 23rd  & Sunday 24th July

Spreading out from City Square, we’ll have picnic and games spaces along Reform Street. Why not relax and enjoy our music and wandering street entertainment.




PARTNER family programme

There’ll also be lots to do with our partner family programme featuring V&A Dundee, The McManus, DCA and Dundee’s libraries!  Check back for further updates...


The Street at The McManus (Bash) 

Thursday 12th - Saturday 24th  July  The McManus

Comic-themed family fun with 'drop in and spot it'.   Explore The Street on a self-led  Find The "Bash" Street additions.  

Drop in, free  


Mini McManus 'Beanotown Crafts'
Saturday 16th & Saturday 23rd July, 12-3pm  The McManus

As part of this year's Dundee Summer Bash Streets Festival, drop into The McManus and have some family fun with the Creative Learning Team to get your comic-themed costume accessories ready for the Dennis and Gnash Dash, and the Costume Parade!
Suitable for families
Drop in, free 

Rule Breakers   

Sunday 17th July & Sunday 24th July, 12-4pm  V&A Dundee - Locke Hall/Auditorium 

Drop In, free    

Join our rulebreakers Chip Collective to design your own comic   "Make like Minnie the Minx and Dennis”, break all the rules to design your own comic, characters, and storyline.

Grab a bean bag and peruse your way through a mini-Beano library of comics for inspiration to create your own.


Dundee Summer (Bash) Streets Festival is grateful for the support of:


Festival Media Partners