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  • Hannah McAndrew, Slipware Potter, in her studio at Kelton
    Speak to the artists and tour their studios at Spring Fling
  • A ceilidh held for Spring Fling in Castle Douglas Town Hall
    A ceilidh held for Spring Fling in Castle Douglas Town Hall
  • Cyclists cross the finish line in Dumfries as spectators cheer on the sidelines.
    The Tour of Britain finish line in Dumfries - Image © The Tour of Britain
  • A crowd watch a band at Wickerman Festival
    Wickerman Festival

Home to the Wickerman Festival, Spring Fling, the RSAC Scottish Rally and the Wild Spring Festival, Dumfries & Galloway boasts a wonderful variety of events and festivals throughout the year.

Whether you’re interested in arts and crafts, music, walking or wildlife, Dumfries & Galloway will no doubt host an event that takes your fancy. The Scottish Snowdrop Festival signals the end of the winter months and the region, which boasts many highly acclaimed gardens and woodlands, becomes awash with magnificent snowdrops.

Continue your exploration of the great outdoors at the Wild Spring Festival. Running throughout April, choose from around 100 events including red deer tours, badger watching and a whole host of family activities.

Make the most of this beautiful part of the world by exploring the countryside on foot at the Newton Stewart Walking Festival in May, which holds a series of guided walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. 

The month of May is also a time to celebrate the buzzing arts and culture scene in Dumfries & Galloway. The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival puts on a wide range of activities throughout the region. You’ll find classical, jazz and folk music, alongside children’s events, theatre and dance. At Spring Fling you can speak to artists, tour their studios and attend workshops and special events as you uncover around 80 arts and craft studios.

In June, you can enjoy the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, which celebrates New Orleans, Dixieland and swing jazz and features UK and international artists. Also this month, the exciting RSAC Scottish Rally welcomes drivers from across Europe to take part in the high-speed special forest stages.

If you want to see bands such as Scissor Sisters, Texas, Kassidy and The View, then the Wickerman Festival in July is the place to be. This innovative and family-friendly event is partly themed around the famous-cult movie and offers two days of glorious entertainment on a charming farm near Kirkcudbright.

In September you can enjoy a wide selection of music at the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, while the Wigtown Book Festival, running from the end of September until early October, sees authors, performers and audience members from all over arrive in Wigtown.

Find out more about events in Dumfries & Galloway by browsing the listings below, or visiting the Dumfries and Galloway! What's Going On? website.

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  1. Crafty Saturdays

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Craft sessions.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2015 to 22 Aug 2015
  2. Drambusters Whisky Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Taste a variety of whiskys.

    Dates

    28 Nov 2015
  3. Gradings

    Dumfries

    Meet the people who grow our food and care for our countryside.

    Dates

    29 May 2015
  4. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Our Garden Ranger will help you start and put out a fire safely.

    Dates

    31 May 2015 to 6 Sep 2015
  5. Music On The Beach

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Make a musical instrument from driftwood.

    Dates

    24 May 2015
  6. Secret Cages In The Forest

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Walk to the secret cages to see the red kites return.

    Dates

    20 Aug 2015
  7. Gradings

    Dumfries

    Demostrations on the art of willow weaving.

    Dates

    13 Sep 2015
  8. Next Of Kin

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    This exhibition reveals the profound personal stories of the separation and loss experienced by Scottish families and by communities with loved ones fighting abroad.

    Dates

    28 Apr 2015 to 20 Jun 2015
  9. Wild Swim on Loch Ken

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    The annual Loch Ken Wild Swim 2015.

    Dates

    12 Sep 2015
  10. Capture The Castle!

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Bring along your arms and armour and lay siege to the mighty fortress of Caerlaverock Castle.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2015 to 26 Jul 2015
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