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  • Folk musicians playing in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick
    Folk musicians in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick
  • Up Helly Aa procession, Mainland
    Up Helly Aa procession, Mainland
  • Uyeasound Jarl Squad at a Peerie Night Out, Unst
    Uyeasound Jarl Squad at a Peerie Night Out, Unst

Choose from a diverse programme of events in Shetland from traditional festivals like spectacular fire festival of Up Helly Aa to a whole host of riveting music events such including Shetland Folk Festival. Experience the islands’ outstanding natural beauty and wildlife during the Shetland Nature Festival, enjoy local cuisine at the Shetland Food Fair and more. 

Shetland's inhabitants always find something to celebrate, from their Viking roots at a spectacular fire festival in midwinter to their incredible music, art and culture events held throughout the year.

Visit Shetland in January for Up Helly Aa, Europe's largest annual fire festival. Watch as the Viking Jarl Squad parade through Lerwick with burning torches held aloft before setting alight a replica longship.

The Shetland Race, where sailing yachts travel from Bergen to Lerwick, is usually held on the third weekend in June. Watch as a flotilla of yachts set off on this 200 mile race across the North Sea and take part in fun activities held on dry land.

Discover the islands' wild side in July at the Shetland Nature Festival. Whether you want to see some of the rarest flowers in Britain or watch orcas hunting their prey off the coast, this family-friendly festival has plenty of events and activities that allow you to experience all that natural Shetland has to offer.

Experience Shetland's agricultural heritage at the Skeld Sheepdog Trials on the West Mainland and at agricultural shows held at Cunningsburgh, Voe, Walls, Yell and Unst during the summer.

Meet writers of local and international renown at Wordplay, Shetland's annual literary festival in September, and watch critically acclaimed films at Screenplay, a film festival which runs simultaneously.

Held at the beginning of May for more than 30 years, the Shetland Folk Festival has presented exciting line-ups featuring both local and visiting performers. Visit during the seven-day Shetland Fiddle Frenzy in August and you can learn how to play the fiddle at workshops.

After its stunning successful debut last year, the Shetland Jazz Festival in June promises an even better line-up of talented jazz players and bands from around the islands and further afield.

Shetland native, Thomas Fraser, became posthumously famous for his unique renditions of country and blues songs. Since then, his music has been celebrated at the annual Thomas Fraser Memorial Festival in Hamnavoe. Held in November, music lovers are advised to get tickets early for this unique festival.

Take a look through the information listings to find out more about Shetland events held throughout the year.

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  1. Wordplay 2014

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Shetland Arts' annual book festival.

    Dates

    13 Nov 2014 to 16 Nov 2014
  2. Gradings

    Shetland

    Seven days dedicated to celebrating the wool of Britain's most northerly native sheep, and Shetland's textile industries.

    Dates

    4 Oct 2014 to 12 Oct 2014
  3. Gruff Rhys

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    Indie-rock singer-songwriter from Haverford West.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2014
  4. Cash: Johnny Cash Tribute

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    Dates

    25 Oct 2014
  5. Blockade 1914 -1918

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Shetland

    An exhibition exploring the impact of Royal Navy crews on Shetland.

    Dates

    23 Aug 2014 to 5 Oct 2014
  6. Shetland Food Fair

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    The third annual Food Fair features over 15 different stalls.

    Dates

    14 Nov 2014 to 16 Nov 2014
  7. Gradings

    Shetland

    Blues music from various artists.

    Dates

    12 Sep 2014 to 14 Sep 2014
  8. Gradings

    Lerwick

    Movie showing as part of Edinburgh International Festival.

    Dates

    29 Aug 2014 to 4 Sep 2014
  9. Christmas Craft Fair

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    Inspired by Shetland's dramatic scenery, heritage and culture.

    Dates

    14 Nov 2014 to 16 Nov 2014
  10. Kris Drever & Eamonn Coyne

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    Contemporary folk duo.

    Dates

    9 Sep 2014
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